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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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'Wizard Wars' To Return For Second Season

January 14, 2015 at 7:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Las Vegas magic scene will get more attention soon when Wizard Wars returns to SyFy. Six more episodes will air starting January 29.

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.

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Imagine Dragons Remind You To Be Who You Want To Be In Vegas

December 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Rumor Has It The Birth Of A Franchise Is Being Captured In Vegas

November 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (9)

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.

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Remember: What Happens In Vegas Must Stay There

October 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (10)

That water cooler didn't stand a chance.

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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Three New Gambling Shows Hitting TV This Week

September 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

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:

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TV Win Not In Cards For Vegas' Smoothini, But He Still Can Be Seen On The Strip

Where: 89109
September 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

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:

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Vegas' Smoothini Still In It To Win It On NBC

August 21, 2014 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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On Syfy, It's War For Vegas Wizards

Where: 4700 S Maryland Pkwy #8 [map], 89119
August 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM | by | Comments (3)

Tune in Tuesday to see what these magicians are up to.

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:

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Vegas Body Painting Shop To Have Skin In The Reality TV Game

July 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

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Vegas' Smoothini To Show He's Got Talent At Radio City Music Hall

July 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas bar magician Smoothini did not make it onto Judgement Week on America's Got Talent, but that doesn't mean hopes of a win have vanished for the sleight-of-hand wiz.

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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Vic Vegas Is A Food Fighter Now, Too

July 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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