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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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NASCAR Weekend Will Be Here Before You Know It

January 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (4)

The annual NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Las Vegas is more than just a race. A week-long celebration leads up to a race weekend set for Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 this year.

Reader Ryan K. asked if we could keep him up-to-date on NASCAR week events. Since most won't be announced until after the Big Game we’ll start today and continue to update this list as driver appearances, specials and other events are announced.

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Perspective On 'Looser Slots' In Downtown Vegas

January 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (10)

Visitors doing Vegas on a budget often head downtown to get more for their money. There’s no denying that when compared to the Strip, downtown is full of bargains. Average room rates are about half of what you’ll find ($66 vs. $126 in 2014). Dining downtown is easier on the wallet as well, with the priciest downtown buffet coming in at just over $20. That’s a deal when compared to the more than $50 you would spend on The Strip. A commonly repeated piece of advice suggests that in addition to these savings, downtown offers better returns than the Strip when gambling, especially at slots. That seems to makes sense, given that everything else downtown is cheaper, but is it true?

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Fremont Street Partygoers To Experience TributePalooza On New Year's Eve

November 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (3)

This New Year's Eve, thirty bucks is all it takes to jam out to Van Halen, Queen, Duran Duran, Aerosmith, and more on Fremont Street. Or, rather the music of all those groups as rock classics will delivered all night long by tribute bands.

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In Downtown Vegas, First Came EAT, Next Comes CHOW

Where: 1020 E. Freemont St. [map], 89101
November 12, 2014 at 6:47 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hopefully, CHOW's decor will be as quaint and eclectic as its sister restaurant.

The restaurateur who was at the helm of EAT, one of the earliest successes of Downtown Project, will be opening her second restaurant soon. Chef Natalie Young will open a late-night combination Southern fried chicken and Chinese takeout concept in former boxing gym space located at 1020 E. Fremont Street.

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Our Dreams Of A Bar-Slash-Bakery Could Be Realized On Fremont Street

Where: 322 Fremont Street [map], 89109
October 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you've ever had the simultaneous craving for a croissant and a craft beer, sit down. Next week on November 4, City of Las Vegas officials will be asked to bless a proposal to transform Fremont Street's Piccadilly pizza joint into 322 Bar & Bakery. Yes, bar and bakery. *swoons*

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You Might Want To Tap Atomic Liquor's Tap Takeover Series

Where: 917 Fremont St. [map], 89101
October 20, 2014 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The city's oldest liquor licensee is kicking their events program into high gear for the beer nerd in all of us. And, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, Atomic Liquors will team up with Green Flash Brewing Company in its latest Tap Takeover series.

Every year, Green Flash puts out a limited release beer called Treasure Chest to benefit breast cancer research. This year, Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada will be the lucky recipient to the profit from each pint of this and Green Flash's other ringer, Serrano Chili Double Stout.

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Ja-Makin'-Me-Laugh Delivers The Funny At The D

Where: 301 Fremont St. [map], 89101
October 7, 2014 at 6:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

When the cheesy title of a comedy show alone makes you laugh, it’s safe to assume you’ll at least be entertained. Ja-Makin’-Me-Laugh at The D certainly lived up to its corny name and did, indeed, make this writer laugh. All I knew going in was the show featured Matilda and Patrick Murray. Expecting a husband and wife comedy duo, this writer was quite surprised when I saw the promo materials featuring a puppet. In case you were also unaware, Matilda is Patrick’s Jamaican ventriloquist dummy. Murray is a Second City-trained comedian, but of course, he’s just the sidekick in this duo.

With her bedazzled dress, rhinestone-covered shoes and beaded hair, she could give any of Terry Fator's puppets a run for their money in the flashy Vegas outfit department. While not on the level of a Terry Fator show, it’s definitely an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.

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Downtown's Halloween Parade Begs You To Come As You Aren't

September 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (2)

Though one could argue that hungover or still-drunk tourists doing the walk of shame in the early morning hours mean Vegas has a daily Halloween parade, it’s nearing time for the official version. The Las Vegas Halloween Parade, celebrating its fifth year, will return to the downtown area and follow a route along Fremont Street East.

The Fremont East buskers like Bumblebee and Elmo have been trying out their costumes for months, but now it’s your turn to show off your costume-creating chops. Anyone in costume can join the parade. At 4 p.m. on Friday, October 31, the parade begins lining up at East Fremont and 13th Street. The actual parade doesn’t start moving until 7 p.m. so, while you might get an early spot in the lineup, you can still fit in a few more hands of blackjack at your favorite downtown casino before things really get underway.

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Fremont East Will Have A Grocery Store This October

Where: 611 Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you've ever wished for a grocery store on Fremont Street, it's in the bag. The Market will open October 8.

You won't, however, find what's being described as an urban grocery under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. You'll need to venture beyond Slotzilla into Fremont East if you're in search of "traditional groceries, fresh produce, exceptional coffee and pastries, gourmet sandwiches, craft beer and wine, a carefully curated hot and cold salad bar, and a selection of enticing grab-and-go meals, sides, and snacks prepared daily."

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SlotZilla Opens Zoomline For Superhero-Style Flights Over Fremont

Where: 425 Fremont St. [map], 89101
September 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (5)

We hope you have your superhero theme music pre-selected.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a drunken tourist! You might catch a Superman busker working for tips under the SlotZilla zipline on Fremont Street on any given day, but now you can be your own superhero and fly down the newly opened “zoomline!” The $17 million attraction over downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience is now fully functioning with the 77 ft. “zipline” ($20) option on the lower level and the higher 114 ft. “zoomline” ($40) above.

The additional line opened August 31 and has been gaining new riders through word of mouth and the obvious wow factor of pedestrians looking up to see excited (or, occasionally, terrified) riders fly through the air above them. Aside from the obvious higher height, riders of the zoomline will be able to fly through the air in prone position, a.k.a. superhero-style. The kicker is, the higher zoomline starts out over the Fremont Street Experience canopy, adding yet another layer of why-did-I-do-this?!

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Denny's On Fremont Proves To Be A Grand Slam For Couples In Love

Where: 450 Fremont St. [map], 89101
August 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Would you get married at a Denny’s? We’ve heard you can do the marriage trifecta in Las Vegas: get your marriage license, get married and get divorced all at one intersection. But, can you go for the Grand Slam? If you could pick up your marriage license and get a divorce there, Denny’s would truly be a grand slam because you can certainly order your own customized menu item of the same name there, all while celebrating your nuptials.

Since its reception inception, Denny's on Fremont -- which opened late 2012 -- has held 33 weddings. So that’s about two marriages a month, on average. John Miller, Denny’s President and Chief Executive Officer, reported on an earnings call that he was pleased with the number, especially in light of the fact Denny’s hasn’t advertised its chapel outside of the restaurant's opening.

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