Las Vegas is renowned as the entertainment capital of the world. As it’s nom-de-guerre of ‘Sin City’ suggests, it functions much like a creche for adults, providing many a distraction among its neon lights and star-spangled streets. The images that are conjured when one thinks of Las Vegas are inevitable of the gambling persuasion; money, aces, poker chips and slot machines. And sure, if you’re looking to gamble, there’s no better place to head than the Nevada hotspot. But Vegas also has a long and distinguished history of putting on amazing shows and performances, particularly of the magical variety, and if you’re in town, they’re not to be missed!
Magic is a funny old game; of course, everyone bar five-year-olds know the whole thing’s a sham, but we all go anyway, hoping to see something that will make us believe, even for a moment, that just maybe there’s a select few who really is the real deal. But to do that you need a really good magician. And what better place to find one in than Vegas? If you’re a magic fanatic, the mecca of conjuring is waiting to be uncovered down in Sin City. Check out BUCKiTDREAM for a peek behind the curtain from other travelers’ adventures, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM planner in your top hat as we take you through the four best magic acts you can find in Vegas!
David Copperfield The man, the legend. A verifiable titan in the world of stage magic, it might surprise some of you to learn that David Copperfield is still going strong; in fact, he’s going stronger than ever. Hailed by critics and audiences alike as ‘the greatest illusionist of our time’, David performs regularly at that most famous of Vegas institutions, the MGM Grand. The old hand isn’t resting on his laurels either; he and his team are consistently coming up with new and exciting tricks, pushing themselves to test the limits of stage magic, delighting packed out audiences night after night in the process.
Penn & Teller Hot on the heels of Copperfield in the battle for the most commercially successful magicians ever are the double act Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller, better known as Penn & Teller. The duo has been performing together for over thirty years and can be found amazing audiences nightly at The Rio. Their show has evolved masterfully over the years; in its current form, it’s both an amazing array of head-scratching illusions and a whip-smart deconstruction of performance magic. Teller, who remains mute while on stage, is a virtuoso at sleight-of-hand, while Penn does all the talking and keeps the show equal parts dramatic and hilarious. There’s plenty of adult-themed fun including (fake) blood-letting and cursing, so for those BUCKiTDREAMERS among you looking to avoid a safe, family-friendly name like Copperfield, Penn & Teller could be just the act for you.
Piff the Magic Dragon A relative newcomer to the Vegas scene, the exotically-named Piff the Magic Dragon got his start a few years ago on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, a gameshow where fledgling magicians try to outsmart the masters. Though he didn’t actually manage to fool the devious duo, his performance was memorable enough that someone out there took note, and the suited-magician turned up again on America’s Got Talent in 2015, making it all the way through the show to seize a highly-contested top ten spot. He can now be found wowing crowds at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, before jetting off on a nationwide tour next year. Featuring lashings of dry British sarcasm metered out from beneath the folds of an extravagant dragon costume, Piff is certainly one of the more unique magicians you can find on the Strip, making him an absolute must-catch when you’re in town. His little sidekick, the adorable Chihuahua Mr. Piffles, is worth the price of admission alone.
Criss Angel Taking its cues from Angel’s breakout hit TV series, MINDFREAK LIVE! presents the superstar magician in all his bizarre, enigmatic glory. Playing in the luscious surrounds of the Luxor, the show brings together a weird and wonderful cast of artists and performers who band together around Angel to produce one of the most amazing shows the Strip has ever seen. Criss Angel is one of very few magicians who can claim to be a household name; his dark, rock star approach to illusions captured the imagination of a whole new generation of fans, propelling him to the top of the game. He’s stayed there ever since.
Vegas is a town of many delights, not just magical ones; any bucket list worth its salt isn’t complete without an excursion to Sin City. It’s the entertainment capital of the entertainment capital of the world. Check out 5 of the Wildest Casinos in Vegas for a rundown of the city’s top gambling spots, and remember to make sure that everything that happens in Vegas doesn’t just stay in Vegas; share your adventures with BUCKiTDREAM too!