Las Vegas prepares for the arrival of over 1,200 magicians

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Magicians are arriving in record numbers to take part in the MAGIC Live! convention for professional magicians. This year MAGIC Live! is “Celebrating 20 years of MAGIC.” The popular convention event is sponsored by Las Vegas-based MAGIC Magazine. The theme of this year’s event happily coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication. MAGIC Live! takes place August 14th through August 17th at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.

Convention activities include a Cover Party, entry to The MAGIC Shop (vendors/dealers booths where magicians may purchase magic-related items, equipment and props), giveaways, Focus sessions, Parlor Experience courses, Close-up Experience courses, Documentary Live sessions, Night at the MAGIC Museum, Onstage sessions, Film Festival viewings (I & II), the Final Party & Film Festival. The festivities will conclude with Late Night Live.

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Top 5 picks for Las Vegas illusion and magic shows

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With everything from edgy magic that is sure to please any enigma-seeking adult to offering up family-friendly entertainment, Las Vegas performers cover every contingency!

The Magic and Tigers of Rick Thomas

Illusionist Rick Thomas brings together unique combinations of magic, illusion, exotic cats, birds and music. Upgrading a ticket to the VIP status allows the audience members to take part in the “Tiger Encounter” where VIP ticket holders may ask questions about Bengal tigers and then go on stage to have a photograph taken with Rick’s majestic cats. The VIP “Tiger Encounter” takes place directly following each show. Show times are 3:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Ticket prices are $39.95 and $49.99. Ticket prices for children are $19.95. Ticket prices listed do not include applicable fees and taxes. This show is appropriate for any age.

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David Copperfield begins run at Hollywood Theatre, MGM Grand

David Copperfield's Hollywood Star

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David Copperfield returns to the Las Vegas Strip in performances at the Hollywood Theatre inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Scheduled performances run from August 5th through the 24th, 2011. Performance times are Sunday through Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. with additional Saturday matinee performances at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for all performances. David Copperfield has been named Magician of the Century and Magician of the Millennium. He has performed for worldwide audiences, Emmy award-winning televised events and on Broadway in “Dreams and Nightmares.” He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the first living illusionist to be honored with that distinction. The United States Library of Congress awarded Copperfield with the Living Legend award. Forbes describes Copperfield as being the most commercially successful magician in history.

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