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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.
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Debuting Tuesday, August 19, the SyFy show, Wizard Wars, will be the magic equivalent of Project Runway. The reality series, featuring Vegas magicians and Rio headliners Penn & Teller, will challenge the magically inclined to "come up with magic made from things you’d never expect.” Sounds like a fun "unconventional" challenge on a certain aforementioned show, right? Well, make it work designers.. umm.. magicians.
Penn & Teller serve as celebrity judges and executive producers of the competition-style show and the show's online description sums it up neatly:
Last October, we told you that our fave Vegas body painting shop, appropriately named with a wink and a nudge Skin City Body Painting, would have its own series on the Game Show Network this year. Well, the time has come for owner Robin Slonina to
put spray paint her game face on. SKIN WARS debuts Wednesday, August 6 on GSN.
The former Marine informed Facebook fans that he will, indeed, take part in the next step on the popular NBC reality competition, live auditions set to take place next week at Radio City Music Hall. While a $1 million prize is at stake, the self-described Ghetto Houdini is already rich in another regard. Yesterday, Tomas de la Cruz became the proud father of twins.
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Even if you don't watch a lot of cooking shows, you've probably heard about NBC's newest series, Food Fighters. Its host heated up headlines recently after an off
color topic social media meltdown. After talk of the show being pulled, it was saved from being chucked down the disposal and will debut tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22. And, with its debut, we can look forward to the TV return of a long-time VegasChatter fave, Chef Vic Moea.
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Seinfeld picks up Wallace at the Flamingo* in a '65 Buick Riviera before (eventually) heading to the Peppermill for a bite, coffee and laughs. You can view the full 17-minute episode here, but here are a few of our favorite zings:
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Back in February, a war on wizards was declared. Or, at least, a show called Wizard Wars was uncovered. You can read all the details here but the Cliff Notes version is it's a Syfy Channel magic-themed reality show pitting teams of two against each other in competitions based around the same item. Think Iron Chef except the secret ingredient is magic.
Wizard Wars was originally set to premiere in March, but was pushed back to a later date. We now have a few more details, including the new airdate. First, six episodes were filmed with lots of Las Vegas connections. Penn and Teller are judges while local talent Justin Flom and Shimshi star as the wizards which, in this case, are the "Iron Chefs" of the show and will be the home-team magicians that contestants will compete against.
Last night, the Vegas bar magician was featured on NBC's America's Got Talent and blew away all four judges with his close-up sleight of hand. Howie, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern each weighed in with a yes vote sending the self-called "Ghetto Houdini" onto the next phase of the reality competition. The former Marine tells VegasChatter he was confident that he would move on and that it was the reaction of the audience that really moved him. If you missed it, here's his appearance:
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Las Vegas may not have been Sharknado-ed, but it was Blast-ed in a one-time Syfy movie special. Now, the channel that unleashed a relic of a curse on The Strip will reveal Vega, a futuristic empire founded on the ruins of what was once Las Vegas. Presumably, as one of the show's taglines is "heaven will raise hell on Earth," destruction was brought down on Sin City for harboring an over-population of Walgreens and CVS outlets. We'll have to watch, though, to be sure.
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If you love Jerry Seinfeld, you’re probably familiar with his web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s -- literally -- comedians (Seinfeld and a funny friend) getting in a car to get coffee. Seinfeld has a conversational interview throughout the drive and again while they eat and drink in a coffee shop. It’s a relaxed show and a fun way to spend 15 to 20 minutes a week.
Last year during one of his concert stints at Caesars Palace, Seinfeld hopped into a car with then Flamingo resident comedian George Wallace and headed to the Peppermill for some coffee and to record an interview. The trailer for the upcoming season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee features a few seconds of their interview where George Wallace yells out to the Peppermill to see where everyone is from.
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Back in 2011, we declared him a magical must see in Vegas. Three years later, that still holds true. Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini is one of the best acts on The Strip. Unfortunately, you've probably never heard of him.
That will change in a very big way as America (ahem) is about to see just how talented (Ahem) Tomas de la Cruz is when it comes to magic. The former Marine recently auditioned for a major television competition and, let's just say, we will all need to show him our support to make sure he's got (AHEM) this.
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Chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain's presentation "about the people that live here (in Vegas) after all the meatheads come and go" aired this past Sunday on Parts Unknown, his on-going series on CNN. The episode presented everything from questions (Is Las Vegas the cultural center of the country? Answer: Don't know, but it's that place we all leave somewhere to come to..) to cliches ("come live like Caesar or live off those who do" on top of "what happens here, stays here").
We were most interested, however, in where Mr. Bourdain went while in Vegas. Turns out he keeps himself pretty damn busy filling a show that's only an hour. Bourdain's Las Vegas episode will undoubtedly see its fair share of reruns, but here are the highlights for those that missed it: