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Don't hate "The Player"...until you watch at least two episodes. That's the unofficial rule for a new TV show.
Called The Player, the drama features Philip Winchester as Alex Kane, a "sniped-turned-security expert" who is unwittingly recruited to be a "Player" in a dangerous gambling game fighting crime and saving innocent lives. His "dealer" is good-looking Charity Wakefield (and another Brit in Vegas too!) and his pit boss is none other than Wesley Snipes. YES.
We watched the preview for the show here but it moved too quickly for us to spot any Vegas landmarks aside from the lighted canopy outside Binion's. However, there were plenty of casino rooftop chases, a couple aerial strip shots and the requisite Vegas desert scene. Even though the show will tackle non-Vegas specific crime, it looks like most of the show is
filmed in LA set in Las Vegas.
The Player will air on Thursdays on NBC starting in September. We'll be sure to have a review for you first thing on Friday morning.
[Photo and video via NBC]
American Ninja Warrior, the impossibly-challenging Japanese obstacle course / game show that has yet to see a single winner, is back for season seven. Finals are once again being held here in Vegas, beginning the 24th. If watching amateur athletes slip, flip, trip, and inevitably wipeout sounds like your idea of fun, you’ll be glad to know that audience admission is free during next week’s filming.
Yahoo! is getting into the TV show business, but you won't find their newest offering on a television. Next week, Yahoo! will bring a little Las Vegas to the online world when “Sin City Saints” premieres Monday, March 23.
The a comedy looks into life behind an expansion professional basketball team (Maybe an expansion hockey team would be too close to reality). The show comes to you from the producer of “Varsity Blues” and has episodes directed by Brett Haley with directorial contributions from Fred Savage (who’s directed some episodes of “Modern Family” but you probably know him from “The Wonder Years.”)
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens might be good enough for Gaga, but two of our favorite things (besides pinball... it's a long list) are Vegas on TV and flipping through the pages of Lost Vegas. Put that lost Vegas on TV and our mind is blown quicker than a Clarion implosion.
Magic / Vegas on TV / Wizard Wars / Penn & Teller / Mac King / Bizzaro / → All Tags
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.