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Magical Mondays: Greg Dow And Sean Scott

January 26, 2015 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Magician Greg Dow in action.

Wizard Wars, a magical reality competition series, returns to SyFy January 29 and the first episode will feature a pair of Vegas street performers. Going up against the "wizards" will be Greg Dow and Sean Scott, two performers who make their living entertaining tourists for the most part. While both do corporate and private events, they can also be found regularly on the Strip at The LINQ and Fremont Street. Read on to find out more about their careers before you tune in on Thursday night, or decide to track them down in real life.

VegasChatter: How did you get your start in magic?

Greg Dow: I got a magic set when I was a kid and couldn’t figure it out and got frustrated and then went to video games and didn’t pick it back up until I went to college. I always liked magic. I liked watching it. I bought some magic tricks and brought them back to my friends in college and they started getting impressed. After a few months of doing that, someone asked me to do a show. I did a pretty bad show but it was fun. I learned more magic and, when I moved back to Chicago, I started doing magic in restaurants and enjoyed doing that for awhile while I was working day jobs. I moved out to Vegas about 12 years ago and I started working for one of the big magic shops. I sold magic tricks and taught people how to do magic tricks for about 10 years. About three years ago I stopped that and went to performing full time which makes me much happier.

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Westgate Has More New in Store For March, April

Where: 3000 Paradise Road [map], 89109
January 26, 2015 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (9)

Westgate's pool in October 2014.

Westgate owner David Siegel wasn't all talk. When he purchased the LVH last July, Siegel had big plans for the flailing off-Strip property. And, before year's end, he'd already started to deliver.

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Strat Wants You To Take Vegas Back, Not Taking Resort Fee Back, Tho

January 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (24)

A new billboard campaign in Vegas asks passersby what happened to this town, without stating anything more. With nary a logo, brand or web address in sight, it perplexed enough folks that it made the local TV news.

It's now been revealed that Stratosphere is behind the signage which is in promotion of its self-proclaimed "Take Vegas Back" movement. What does that mean, exactly? A YouTube video rants all about it:

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Club Cortez Getting A Little More Convenient

January 26, 2015 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (6)

Downtown Vegas can be a difficult place to operate a casino. Many properties want to keep the vintage feeling, but they don’t want to fall too far behind when it comes to technology. Walking through the casino at El Cortez, you can feel and see that push and pull.

El Cortez recently added four touch-screen kiosks for Club Cortez players club members. These kiosks stand out like rocket ships on the old-timey casino floor. There's no question, however, regarding their usefulness. We all welcome advancements like this no matter how strange they may look. Club Cortez members can use the machines to find promotional offers and play a few games. El Cortez is currently offering four promotions at the new kiosks:

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Diana Ross. Venetian. OMG.

January 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (3)



Venetian is seeing Caesars' Mariah Carey residency announcement and raising it with a supreme diva of its own, the incomparable Diana Ross.

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Check-Out Folio: Hot, Grumpy Craig Ferguson Headed To Vegas, And More

January 23, 2015 at 9:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements and happenings around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 19:

Dirk Arthur will bring even more Wild Illusions to Riviera beginning February 21. That's when matinee performances of his magically cheesetastic production will be added. Look for 4 p.m. shows to take place Saturday and Sunday. Tickets begin at $40. Children must be at least five years old to attend and anyone under 15 will need to be with an adult. Call 800.634.3420 to purchase. The show also runs at 7 p.m. Saturday through Thursday.

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P3 Studio At Cosmo Lets You Play DJ

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 23, 2015 at 9:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just when you think the exhibits at Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio couldn’t get any more out there, along comes a “meditation nightclub.” The full name of the newest P3 experience is The Octave of Visible Light: A Meditation Nightclub. When you think Cosmo, you probably think Marquee and a nightclub in the traditional sense, but this experience is anything but.

Lia Chavez is the artist-in-residence who has created this unusual pop-up nightclub. For this project, the painter and multi-media artist has teamed up with creative technology company rehabstudio to create a digital neurology system. Now, what exactly is that? Well, in short, it allows participants to hear and see what they’re thinking. Chavez fits one member of a group with a special headset that reads his or her EEG activity, as in the electrical activity in your brain. The other members can watch the show projected on the walls of the gallery.

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Two Implosions Set For Vegas In February

January 23, 2015 at 7:59 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Clarion, January 2015.

Folks disappointed to hear that The Harmon would not be imploded now have not one, but two explosive events to choose from this February in Vegas.

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Searching For Anything But Hold 'Em

January 23, 2015 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (4)

Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.

It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:

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HotelChatter Dishes On A 'Proper' Stay While Jaunted Offers Don'ts For St. John

January 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes, you're not headed to Vegas. (#sadface) Sometimes, you need to go elsewhere. But, where should you stay and what should you do? Our brah, Jaunted, reports on the latest in global travel while our big sis, HotelChatter, keeps track of the hotel industry worldwide. Check out what they've been up to:

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London is the Next European City to Consider Introducing a Hotel Tax
How Refreshing to Hear That 'WiFi is a Right' at Virgin Hotels
Joie de Vivre Hotels is Moving East With Miami Beach and NYC Hotels Lined Up
Meet the New Residence Inn Sarajevo, the Only International Chain Hotel in Bosnia
This New Hotel Brand Wants to Give You a 'Proper' Hotel Stay

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Cracker Barrel Heading To North Las Vegas?

January 23, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (9)

Las Vegas is finally getting a White Castle. IKEA's opening is slated for next year. So, why shouldn’t we also get a Cracker Barrel so people can stop teasing us for the major chains we lack? While Vegas is more of a destination and not just a stop along the way as many towns with Cracker Barrels are, ours may not be on the Strip but rather in North Las Vegas.

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White Castle To Start Slidin' 'Em Out Tuesday, Plus Look At Pricing

Where: 3411 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 23, 2015 at 1:03 PM | by | Comments (15)

White Castle. Casino Royale. January 27. 2 p.m. Will never close. #SlidersRoundTheClock

Update: White Castle has revealed its menu and pricing on Twitter. Here's a look! Thanks to VC reader Reggie for the tip!

(PHOTOS: @sammasseur, @whitecastlelv on Twitter)