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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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It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we continue bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.
The thrill certainly isn't gone in Vegas with this year's arrival of a few new, shall we say, uplifting attractions? The Adventuredome gave us a loco new roller coaster experience. Rio presented us with VooDoo Zip Line while Slotzilla sent us zooming to -- and over -- Fremont Street. But, one attraction rose above them all, becoming one of the most asked about (and photographed) landmarks in town while forever changing The Strip's iconic skyline.
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Get ready to loosen that belt buckle or slip into some jeggings. Over the next seven days, the Vegas Strip will see the openings of not one but five new dining destinations. From beneath a rocketing roller coaster to inside the real Caesars Palace, all the eateries will be located within just over a mile of each other. Here's a rundown of what's coming when:
Smashburger (Caesars Palace)
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Still not at full capacity, The Linq shopping promenade will at least fill in two more storefronts in the next few days.
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12.9 Update: Turn those frowns upside down. A publicist for Off The Strip relays the restaurant is now aiming to open on December 24.
Oh, what a difference a month makes. A few weeks ago, Off The Strip, the newest eatery headed for The LINQ promenade between Flamingo and The LINQ Hotel, touted a December debut. Now, a new press release pushes that back to January.
The restaurant will be a sister establishment to two other off-Strip locations. (See what we did there?) The third locale will be adjacent to O'Sheas at the off the Strip mall. (Oops, we did it again.)
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Havaianas, a Brazilian flip flop brand, and Gordon Ramsay Fish And Chips are both headed to the promenade (the former before year's end, the latter early next year) and now it's official that one of the mall's originally announced brands, Off The Strip, will still arrive, after all.
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The Strip hasn't reached its Gordon Ramsay threshold yet. Not satisfied with three Vegas enterprises (Gordon Ramsay Pub at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood and Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris), the world-renowned chef is cooking up yet another concept for Sin City -- Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips.
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The LINQ promenade should have one less empty storefront before year's end.
Havaianas, a Brazilian company known for its flip flops, is expected to open its first stand-alone location in Vegas at the LINQ before 2014 draws to a close. It had been previously anticipated that the brand would open a boutique at Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops so we don't know if this will be one of two for the Strip, or if it's just switching locales. Since the company's website only lists the LINQ as coming soon, perhaps it will end up being the latter.
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If you want to impress us with your Vegas devotion via permanent body art, you’ll soon have your chance to be one of the first to get a tattoo at the new LINQ Hotel at the actual LINQ. Club Tattoo recently announced it will open up shop at the newly renamed (again) hotel in “early 2015.”
The new studio joins the other outpost at Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops. The decidedly different and brightly colored façade of The Linq Hotel & Casino would make for some fun designs either on its own or perhaps framing a drawing of the High Roller. Think of how YouTube famous you could be for a second.
Last week, we mentioned that a Formula 1 race could be coming to the Strip in a couple of years. Well, there’s an auto race coming very close to the Vegas Strip and you only need to wait a few days to see it.
The Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship will be held here November 4-5 for the third consecutive year. This time around, the race will be held at The Linq. No, silly, they won’t be racing where the shops are located. The race will be held in The Linq
parking event lot behind the High Roller at Winnick Avenue and Koval Lane.
Wonder how many High Roller pod costumes this contest will inspire?
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NASCAR and Las Vegas have a deeper relationship than most realize. One of the first few races of the season is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) every year. When there's not an event, visitors can even drive around LVMS at the Richard Petty Experience. While the last race of the season may take place in Homestead, Florida, it really draws to a close in Las Vegas. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion’s Week takes place around the valley December 2-5.
An annual celebration, NASCAR Champion’s Week is a chance for racing fans to see and (maybe) meet their favorite drivers. There’s also a very candid event that’s open to the public called After The Lap. The event is a tell-all conversation with the top 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. In previous years, this off-the-cuff discussion has gone from interesting chatter and laughter to WTH when Tony Stewart dropped down to do push-ups or when Jeff Gordon decided that he’d break dance.