Johnathan faces heart transplant

Sahara headliner Amazing Johnathan said doctors have informed him he faces a heart transplant if the latest treatments fail.

The comic magician said he has been taking blood thinners and will have a defibrillator placed in his heart next week.

“The heart is damaged and not going to get any better,” he told Vegas Confidential.

He said a virus has been destroying his heart since childhood. “And they said I’ll probably need a transplant.”

He was shocked, he said, to learn his doctors are convinced he’s already had a heart attack.

“If I lose the weight and keep my blood thin, I should be all right,” he said. “They are seeing what they can do without doing the transplant.”

He indicated he had no plans to end his show, although he had suggested recently he was considering retirement.

NEIL’S NEW VENTURE

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is opening a rock ‘n’ roll themed bar-restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Neil, a Las Vegas resident, plans to name the establishment Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar and fill it with band memorabilia and his Harley collection, according to the Palm Beach Post.

His partners include former University of Florida quarterback Bob Hewko, a Vegas regular.

A side note: A next-door neighbor will be “Top Chef” star Stephen Asprinio, formerly of Las Vegas, who is opening an Italian restaurant called Forte Di Asprinio, with the backing of his uncle Bob Cuillo, a Broadway producer.

PFISTER OUT

Veteran weather forecaster Mark Pfister is out at KTNV-TV, Channel 13, after three years on the morning news show.

KTNV general manager Jim Prather announced Tuesday that the station “failed to reach terms on a contract extension,” and Pfister is no longer an employee, effective immediately.

“We wish him all the best in his future job opportunities,” Prather said.

Pfister, who could not be reached for comment, has been a local weatherman since 1992, other than the year he spent in New York and two years in Washington, D.C., in weather jobs. He had previously twice worked for KLAS-TV, Channel 8.

SIGHTINGS

Riviera headliner Frank Marino, dressed in a turquoise gown, spotted walking out after 20 minutes during Matt Dusk‘s album release party at the Shimmer Cabaret (Hilton) on Monday. … Locals Dalton Wilson and Bryce Krausman, on “Oprah” on Tuesday, with their story of how they received 32,000 new pajamas for underprivileged youngsters. Wilson is a private chef and caterer, and Krausman is co-founder of houseseatslv.com. … Comedian Wayne Brady and Oakland Raiders running back Lamont Jordan, dining separately Monday at Stack restaurant at the Mirage.

THE PUNCH LINE

“At confession, you say, ‘Forgive me, dawg, for I have sinned.’ ” — From David Letterman‘s Top Ten Signs You’re Watching Too Much “American Idol”

Norm Clarke can be reached at 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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