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Magical Mondays get a little bizarre this week as the focus of our final installment is on Vegas magician and Wizard Wars” consultant, Bizzaro. When his tagline is “normal is just a setting on the dryer,” it’s clear Bizzaro has his own unique style. Read on for more info on his Vegas career and work with the SyFy show.
VegasChatter: How did you come up with your stage name?
Bizzaro: I actually remember it very distinctly. I was in Austin when I was 13 and my parents were doing some sort of toy show. They used to sell toys at conventions. I was in the bathroom practicing something and I looked in the mirror and said, “That was bizzaro.” It was a light bulb over the head kind of moment and I thought it was a great name. I like to equate it to that scene in “Boogie Nights” when they’re talking about seeing the name in lights. I don’t even know where I heard the word because I didn’t know there was a Superman villain named Bizzaro and I don’t know if the comic book existed at the time, but I didn’t know about it.
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For this installment of Magical Mondays, we’ll get to know another of the Las Vegas magicians on SyFy’s Wizard Wars. Shimshi is a magician who got his start in his native Israel and now performs regularly at corporate events and private gigs at Wynn and Encore. After appearances on America’s Got Talent, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and now Wizard Wars, Shimshi is continuing to develop plans for his own Las Vegas stage show.
Next up in our Magical Mondays series is local magician Justin Flom, one of the wizards in Wizard Wars. He came to Vegas to pursue his dreams of being a magician and now makes a living performing and through his popular YouTube videos (see below). He's even helped fans with marriage proposals on the Las Vegas Strip. Catch him Thursdays on Wizard Wars on Syfy and also February 10 on the "Late Late Show."
VegasChatter: What sparked your interest in magic?
Justin Flom: I grew up in a family of magicians. My dad and my uncle both did magic so from the age of two years old I was jumping in and out of magic boxes for family events and county fairs. Growing up around it, I fell so in love that I just knew it had to be my career. After high school I started traveling around doing shows. As far as what I’m doing now, the focus has changed from just doing live shows to something more. In about 2012, I got to talking with my friend (and Wizard Wars creator) Rick Lax and we started putting out YouTube videos. One was the original Wizard Wars video and another was a card trick that has now been seen by over four million people. That led to my appearance on Ellen’s show and eventually to pitch meetings to get Wizard Wars on the air.
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Next up in our Magical Mondays series is Las Vegas husband and wife duo, Mistie and Kyle Knight a.k.a. Knight Magic. They can be found performing in the Suncoast's variety show and at Jeff McBride’s Wonderground magic event, plus you can catch them competing on this week’s episode of "Wizard Wars" that airs February 5 on SyFy. 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.
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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.
If you didn’t catch its first season, the premise is much like “Iron Chef.” In the first challenger round, two teams of two magicians take each other on for the rights to do battle with the wizards, who are all more established magicians. Akin to the food show’s secret ingredient, competitors are given certain items they must use in their tricks.
With the advent of more comprehensive players clubs that reward you for other activities besides just gambling, Vegas is embracing its status as more than just a gambler’s paradise. The new “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” ads are giving a nod to this notion by forgoing any references to cards, chips or dice in its newest advertisements.
Instead, they showcase other entertainment options featuring a cameo by some of Vegas’ favorite sons, Imagine Dragons, whose new album drops in February. In the two thirty second spots, one from the point of view of a man and the other from a woman, the pair’s unlikely interactions are documented as their paths cross at several different Vegas venues.
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All sides are denying it's anything close to being official (or are just avoiding comment altogether), but we're hearing that the possibility of an NHL team for Vegas is legit enough that ESPN is capturing the journey for posterity.
In what could be a bizarre deleted scene from Office Space, Las Vegas reminds the world to keep its lips zipped about what happens in Vegas. In a new 30-second spot, an office water cooler gets destroyed in a fit of panic when Vegas vacation details are about to be revealed. Note to self: the quiet nerdy one around the water cooler might have more issues than you realize.
In the new commercial, a man's co-workers are coming over for traditional “water cooler talk” when he thinks fast and eliminates the water cooler, thus ensuring his secrets stay secret. Is that how what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas?
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Watching television doesn’t get much better than when we get to see Vegas on TV. Ok, we may be a little biased, but you'll probably agree, regardless! We may not, specifically, get Vegas on TV this week, but we’ll be getting something pretty close.
One of the first things anyone thinks about when he or she ponders Las Vegas are the casinos. Second after that would probably be gambling. This week, we get a few new shows featuring both on the Discovery Channel. “Hustling the House”, “Casino Secrets” and “Poker Underground” are all set to debut this Wednesday, September 10. Each will offer something different and have a hint of Vegas even if they don't take place here. Here’s a breakdown of each show as per Discovery:
The close-up magic he's known for wasn't big enough for the stage, at least according to America's Got Talent judge Howard Stern. And, that may have factored into the elimination of Vegas' own Smoothini from the talent competition Wednesday night.
Self-described Ghetto Houdini, Tomas de la Cruz, managed to wow three of the four judges Tuesday night, but still found himself in the bottom three the following evening. He had two chances to pull off a Hail Mary -- one with an audience save and the other as a judges' save. Neither came through for the new dad of twins who took to social media to let fans know he was still holding his head up high:
The expression on Mel B's face says it all as America votes in favor of sending Sin City's smoothest magician onto the next round of the NBC's talent competition.
Smoothini's Tuesday night appearance on America's Got Talent focused on the close-up magic for which the self-proclaimed Ghetto Houdinin is known. He wowed Mel B and Howie, seated on barstools next to him, but failed to impress fellow judge Howard Stern who looked on from across the stage (see his full act below.)
Last night (a.k.a. results night), saw a thumbs up from viewers and sends Smoothini, who can been seen on The Strip at PBR Rock Bar in-between his TV appearances, onto the semi-finals. He promised he would work on his act and bring it even stronger on his next performance. We'll bring you another update as soon as that happens.