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Magician Rick Thomas Returns To Vegas Stage, Minus An Old Friend

December 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM | by | ()

Magician Rick Thomas is returning to Las Vegas. But, sadly, missing a long-time partner. Last month, Thomas tweeted the death of his 500-pound white Begal tiger named Samson. The tiger was a main feature of every Rick Thomas show, led into a large box and magically "shrunk." Here's some vintage video of the majestic Samson in action:

Thomas has performed at the Tropicana, Stardust and was the resident magician when the Sahara closed in 2011. Always a family friendly show, the big cats were a big attraction. He's spent the last six months on an Asian tour, but announced his return to Vegas with two performances at the Suncoast with an unexpected update:

"Yes, after 20 years the tigers will no longer be in my show."

We're frankly surprised and have have yet to hear on the magician grapevine how "Rick Thomas Chapter 2," as he calls it, will play out. His recent tour of Korea featured his tiger family so we're intrigued as to the new content. While two gigs don't equate a residency, we also wonder where this showcase will land the itinerant magician next.

The Magic of Rick Thomas will appear at the Suncoast Showroom on January 19 and 20. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets prices range from $17.50 to $44.00.

Archived Comments:

Be Nice To Have Him Back

Hope he lands something on The Strip soon. He's a good guy and a quality act.

He closed the Stardust and Sahara (if memory serves me correct). Perhaps we can book him at F-bleu and get that monster torn down.