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BEST Las Vegas Magic Shows

Welcome to the Entertainment Capital of the World! Since you're looking for the best magic shows in Las Vegas, we have the complete list for you. Check out the small intimate shows to the grand theatre productions and special performances you will ONLY find in Sin City. So forget the comedians and the crooners and catch the best magic shows Vegas has to offer. Isn't that why you came to Vegas in the first place?

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CURRENT Magic Shows in Las Vegas


MAC KING

HARRAH'S LAS VEGAS - TUESDAY thru SATURDAY

Mac King performs his magic vampire trick at his famous Las Vegas magic show.

Catch the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and you'll get two shows in one... comedy and magic! Mac has been winning accolades such as the "top" and the "best" for more than 11 years now at Harrah's. Before his long running show in Las Vegas, Mac spent 200 days a year as a corporate and traveling magician. His current show was recently voted the 6th best show in all of Las Vegas, which is pretty swell considering the competition! He's been voted Magician of the Year by the Magic Castle in Hollywood and has performed on the Late Show and is on his 7th TV special for NBC. Treat yourself to an afternoon show of the best deal in Vegas and be amazed!

PENN AND TELLER

RIO LAS VEGAS - SATURDAY thru WEDNESDAY

Penn and Teller show off their bad boys of magic style with Teller sitting in a shopping cart with odd and dangerous props

The "bad boys of magic" have been wowing audiences in Las Vegas for over 20 years. Why bad boys you say? Well, they have the bad habit of revealing how it's done! But it never seems to take away from the amazing wow factor of what they do! Their act is surprising, clownish and well... unconventional. They have been making headlines for years with their many TV shows, Broadway performances and sold out runs. The chemistry between this duo is magical. They love to meet their fans, so don't miss the meet and greet after the show.

MAT FRANCO

LINQ HOTEL AND CASINO - FRIDAY thru TUESDAY

Mat Franco lights fire for his magic trick on America's Got Talent

Mat's show, "Magic Reinvented Nightly" all started when Mat was a kid obsessed with magic. He was creating magic shows before the age of 10 and had his first Las Vegas debut at the age of 15. His hard work and passion for magic continued until he became the season nine winner of the popular show, "America's Got Talent". His win propelled him into the spotlight, and now he is wowing audiences with his skills five nights at week at the Mat Franco Theater, which was renamed after him. He's been granted the keys to the Las Vegas Strip by the city of Las Vegas and July 10th is now officially Mat Franco day. Mat loves to improvise using the crowd as his source, bringing something fresh to each performance.

PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON

FLAMINGO HOTEL AND CASINO - SELECT DAYS

Piff with his magical dog Mr. Piffles

Piff is instantly recognizable! Who wouldn't be dressed up in a green dragon suit, holding a fluffy white chihuahua? It goes without saying that Piff's show is part magic and a huge part comedy. The comedy is dry, sardonic and well... British. After all Piff hails from Great Britain where he first honed his skills. His show allows for some audience participation and a little good humored ribbing. And if you like especially cute dogs, Mr. Piffles the chihuahua is an extra bonus. You can meet and greet both Piff and Mr. Piffles after the show. Throw in a showgirl named Jade Simone, and you've got an all around entertaining time.

DAVID COPPERFIELD

MGM GRAND - SATURDAY and SUNDAY

David Copperfield

The name David Copperfield is known the world round. He has been amazing audiences for over 50 years. He is ridiculously successful and even owns his own chain of resort islands in the Bahamas. His early television shows were a huge success and launched him into stardom. Some of Copperfield's most famous illusions included making the Statue of Liberty disappear and walking through the great wall of China. His illusions are big, showy and spectacular.

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The Las Vegas Magic History

Famous magicians in Las Vegas were Lance Burton, Sigfried and Roy, and David Copperfield

Not only did people make a home in the middle of the desert, they made a sprawling city filled with lights, entertainment, hotels, world-class dining, shopping and let’s not forget... magic. The desert doesn’t seem to be a place where people would want to live. The lack of water, intense heat and barren conditions are like a giant billboard that says, “go away.” The fact that people can eek out a living in these hostile conditions is a magic act all its own.

Las Vegas started out as a watering stop between Los Angeles and the rest of the desert. The completion of the railroad and the building of the Hoover Dam was a turning point for the dry and dusty city. Men attracted to the promise of work made their way to the Hoover Dam project and made their way into Las Vegas. Cheap electricity, crowds looking for entertainment, and urbanization built up the city until Las Vegas became the entertainment and gambling capital of the US.

Magic found it’s way into Las Vegas and started to grow as well. The first magic shows of Las Vegas were sleight of hand acts. Top hats that magically filled with white rabbits, interesting card tricks, and the ubiquitous sawing the attractive assistant in half were standard parts of the first magic shows offered. As people continued pouring into Vegas looking for entertainment between table games, expectations grew for more daring shows and never before seen tricks.

During the '80s and '90s magic became a major entertainment draw in Las Vegas. David Copperfield with his flair for theatrics was a major crowd-pleaser. His new brand of magic was one-part fabulous spectacle and two parts amazing illusion. Audiences were stunned and wanted more.

Siegfried and Roy took the same approach of spectacle and illusion but added one new element—tigers. While most magicians were still getting by with rabbits and birds, Siegfried and Roy weren’t just performing amazing acts of illusions, they had a team of well-trained tigers as key parts of their show. The crowds were thrilled and just kept coming.

While the spectacle of the '80s and '90s has faded, magic hasn’t died out in Vegas. More mind-bending magic shows have surfaced that focus on tricking perception, drawing in crowds with a throwback street magic feel. Modern magicians have migrated away from the usual magic shows and focused on illusion and warped perception, shocking audiences, and of course adding comedy. Lots of comedy.

Whether in Las Vegas to win big, or hit a few night clubs, take a moment to find a great magic show. There is a rich history that just begs to be discovered. This page lists a few of our favorite things to do in Las Vegas around magic and magic shows.

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PAST Las Vegas Magic Shows


ADAM TRENT

Adam Trent performed his illusion show with computer monitors in has last national tour

Adam is well known for his work with the Broadway smash show The Illusionists, touring with them for their first two fabulous U.S. seasons. He has since then created a solo show, The Illusionists Present the Magic of Adam Trent, which is fun for the entire family, and includes many of his pieces from The Illusionists as well as new material. He is also known for his 10 episode TV series on Red Bull TV, called The Road Trick: The Magic of Life on the Road. You get to travel with Adam around the world while he mystifies the people he meets with his magical abilities.

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