They say all good things must come to an end and such is the case as two of Las Vegas most popular shows end their run on the Strip. But not to worry, there is a list of comedians, musicians, and magicians waiting for a chance to dazzle the Las Vegas audience so just as we say goodbye to our favorite Las Vegas entertainers we’re sure to welcome a new name or face that will capture our hearts for many years on the Strip!
Master magician Lance Burton has set September 4 of Labor Day weekend for the final show of his 14-year run at Monte Carlo. We’re still not sure who will replace Lance and his illusions but we’re sure we’ll start hearing rumors soon enough. Throughout the years Lance has brought Las Vegas visitors and locals some of the most thrilling and intricate illusions anybody has ever seen. He has twice been awarded “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts and won the Grand Prix Award at FISM in 1982 for his performance, where he stood in a street scene in traditional top hat and tails and spectacularly produced doves, candles and gentleman’s walking canes, seemingly from nowhere. It has been a pleasure spending the last 14 years watching Lance create and perfect his illusions and he will be sorely missed!
As for Lance’s future plans, he will be filming The History Channel’s restorations this week with Rick Dale as they install Lance’s damaged ornamental lampposts wrecked in an April windstorm right here in Las Vegas. In the meantime, Lance and sidekick juggler Michael Goudeau will appear during the three Las Vegas episodes of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy-winning Cash Cab. With so much experience and talent under his belt we’re sure Lance Burton won’t have any trouble on his next life venture!
Louie Anderson has also bid Las Vegas adieu and rumor has it that an “all-star reality TV show cast” will take the funnyman’s place at the Excalibur. You can expect to see a celebrity comic host and stars from American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Last Comic Standing appearing in this variety lineup. Official news about the show and the Thunder From Down Under theater is suppose to come next week so stay tuned for more updated information.
There’s also a rumor that Wolfgang Pucks’s Spago in Caesars Palace will open in London and Singapore soon with Las Vegas managers and staff handling the openings. Talk about exposure!
Good luck to both Lance Burton and Louie Anderson as they begin the next stage in their entertaining lives. We hope to see you both back in Las Vegas very soon!