With flames illuminating a darkened showroom and a helicopter appearing out of nowhere, it’s clear that magic is as popular as ever with Las Vegas visitors. Three new shows recently opened and a fourth is set to launch in late January.
1. ‘Masters of Illusion’
The most recent addition, “Masters of Illusion,” wowed a crowd that included fellow magicians on opening night last Thursday.
In this show, five magicians plus a dozen dancers appear onstage.
“We all bring our own personal style to it,” magician Jason Bird said in an interview. “We’ve got one guy who does comedy magic. We’ve got big illusions a couple of guys do. My stuff is very theatrical, very storytelling.”
Greg Gleason appears to materialize a full-size helicopter before spectators’ eyes. In his part of the show, Bird uses a drone during a card trick. In another skit, he interacts with a lonely lady who appears to be feeding imaginary birds on a park bench.
“I like to get people emotionally involved,” he observed.
“Masters of Illusion” begins at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Tickets start at $49.
Next door at Paris Las Vegas, the internationally acclaimed fire-charged “Inferno” will arrive Jan. 24.
Full of flaming stunts and pyrotechnics, the show has delighted audiences across Asia and Europe. Sweden’s Joe Labero, a four-time winner of magic’s prestigious Merlin Award, brings the gasoline-soaked illusions to life with help from Britain’s Fuel Girls.
The show will be run Wednesdays through Sundays; tickets from $49.
3. ‘David Goldrake Imaginarium’
After performing in 20 countries, Luxembourg native David Goldrake began a residency a few months ago at Tropicana, a bold move since magic legend David Copperfield performs across the street at the MGM Grand.
“David Goldrake Imaginarium” appears to defy the laws of physics — and a few other sciences — during his show. One bit recalls a trick made famous by Harry Houdini roughly a century ago.
As guests look on, Goldrake, wrapped in a straitjacket and dangling upside down, is submerged in a tank of water. During the feat, he holds his breath for about two minutes before freeing himself from his restraints.
Goldrake performs Tuesdays through Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $50.
4. ‘Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic’
Off the Strip, magician Dirk Arthur in November landed at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. His latest incarnation, “Dirk Arthur Wild Magic,” is tamer than his previous shows, since his big cats (he has performed with tigers and ligers) are missing from this gig.
Arthur performs at 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets from $30.