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by CraigMitchell
February 18th, 2020, 3:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 68
Views: 2603

Re: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

4300 was the number I was given including registrants, day visitors, guests et al and I could believe it. The place was heaving ... two gala show performances nightly, dealers room jam packed to the point of not being able to walk and overflowing lecture rooms like I have never seen. They have fast ...
by CraigMitchell
February 17th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club
Replies: 68
Views: 2603

Kudos to Blackpool Magic Club

As someone who was highly critical of the Blackpool convention under Derek Lever - I must give the new organizing team credit. The event has grown in leaps and bounds and the changes / improvements are phenomenal compared to my last visit a few years back. The investment in tech, talent and design s...
by CraigMitchell
January 1st, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2019 In Review
Replies: 17
Views: 1427

Re: 2019 In Review

Dustin - your 'year in review' is a much-anticipated Genii tradition ... thank you!
by CraigMitchell
December 13th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn and Teller cancel Australia Tour
Replies: 1
Views: 514

Penn and Teller cancel Australia Tour

Penn and teller’s Jan Australian tour has been cancelled due to Teller having to undergo further “urgent back surgery”

He underwent spinal fusion surgery in July 2018 and there have been followup procedures since. The Vegas show was most recently dark in Oct 2019.

Wishing Teller a speedy recovery
by CraigMitchell
December 5th, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists headed for Vegas ?
Replies: 0
Views: 387

The Illusionists headed for Vegas ?

https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/ti-owner-phil-ruffin-talks-more-circus-circus-plans-1906665/ “Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin on Wednesday told the state Gaming Control Board that “The Illusionists,” which he says is playing in New York and is Cirque du Soleil’s most successf...
by CraigMitchell
November 14th, 2019, 1:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Re: Viva Las Vegas

"In the non-magic world, I saw the Cirque "MJ" show which was horrible. The first Cirque show I saw was "O," which was possibly the greatest show I have ever seen. However the MJ show appeared to simply appropriate the brand. The stage felt more like a high-school theatre th...
by CraigMitchell
November 8th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Viva Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Re: Viva Las Vegas

@Tom - have you seen Cirque's RUN yet yourself ? Is it as bad as early reports say ?
by CraigMitchell
November 4th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 2029

Re: FISM 2021 Hotels Released

@diego ... to answer your question as to whether it is worth staying at the 'official' hotel ... it depends. In FISMs gone by - many of the late night activities took place at the 'official hotel' ... FISMs recently have tried to recreate the jamming/social area at the convention centre proper. So m...
by CraigMitchell
November 3rd, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 2029

Re: FISM 2021 Hotels Released

How odd - what dates are you inputting ?

In terms of the Hilton - this can’t be booked online yet but according to the organizers can be booked by calling the reservations line.
by CraigMitchell
November 3rd, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 2029

Re: FISM 2021 Hotels Released

Club Level rooms are still showing as being available for booking @ the Delta
by CraigMitchell
November 3rd, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2021 Hotels Released
Replies: 26
Views: 2029

FISM 2021 Hotels Released

If you are attending FISM 2021 ( and you should! ) - hotels have just been released. https://www.fismquebec2021.com/hebergement?lang=en The Delta Hotel is the official hotel and connected directly to the convention centre. This is the first time FISM is being held in North America and expectations a...
by CraigMitchell
October 16th, 2019, 3:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10915

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Even David is not pulling in guaranteed sold out houses ... a quick look at the seating map shows: 7 pm Wed evening still has approx 20% unsold seats 9:30 pm Wed evening is approx 50% empty 7 pm Fri evening still has approx 50% unsold seats 9:30 pm Fri evening is currently 40% empty It's a small hou...
by CraigMitchell
October 15th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10915

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Side point - Terry Fator has been struggling with ticket sales in Vegas, too - having to discount significantly. Nearly all shows have been of late.
by CraigMitchell
October 15th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 10915

Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

A raft of Shin Lim’s upcoming shows at The Mirage have been axed :-( No official word on the cause but the Twitter verse aren’t mincing their words: “@celebrityradio Vegas producers make no sense to me. Clueless about room size. They punch too big with shows and then have to cancel, go on Houseseats...
by CraigMitchell
October 8th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Genii 2019 Convention
Replies: 27
Views: 4905

Re: Genii 2019 Convention

Overall - Richard and his team can be commended. There really was something for everyone ( including one or two strange choices that always adds to the mix ;-) An enormous amount of work goes on behind the scenes to pull these events off - thank you to Genii and the many merry minions! Now what's th...
by CraigMitchell
September 26th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: S&R on ABC 2020 Fri night
Replies: 1
Views: 785

S&R on ABC 2020 Fri night

https://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/siegfried-roy-hour-2020-event-airs-friday-night-65809360 https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/siegfried-roys-storied-career-las-vegas-strip/story?id=65716644 "Famous duo opens up about career-ending tiger attack & recent allegations surrounding it The seaso...
by CraigMitchell
August 11th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lance Burton - TeePee No More
Replies: 6
Views: 1271

Lance Burton - TeePee No More

"Regarding the “Tee Pee” Illusion I do not want to bury the lead. So let me say right here up front to those people who have expressed concern and were offended by my Native American number, I hear you. I am retiring the “Tee Pee” illusion and it will no longer be part of the show. I am sincere...
by CraigMitchell
August 6th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 86
Views: 10657

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Be sure to speak to Tim Ellis who has done a large amount in this area including a one-man show about aspergers and magic.
by CraigMitchell
July 9th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC
Replies: 7
Views: 1371

Re: Redefining Broadway and Boob Jokes: Criss Angel in NYC

Anyone have any insight into the Broadway tradition of disclosing occupancy & revenue figures ? It doesn't happen in the West End for example ...
by CraigMitchell
June 24th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Magic Shop / Chinese Theme Park
Replies: 3
Views: 572

New Magic Shop / Chinese Theme Park

https://blooloop.com/news/lionsgate-theme-park-rides-retail-food/ "Now You See Me – Iong’s Magic Shop: Experience the mystery of magic at Iong’s Magic Shop and take home some magical souvenirs." "Now You See Me – Macau Night Markets: To create an immersive new world with a magical twi...
by CraigMitchell
June 8th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bucket list - The Retreat 2020, South Africa
Replies: 0
Views: 518

Bucket list - The Retreat 2020, South Africa

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-conventions/the-retreat-2020/default.aspx "We're proud to announce that the 2020 Retreat will be held in Phinda, South Africa, on safari. You'll see, truly, some of the most influential magical artists in the world, alternating between luxury safari adven...
by CraigMitchell
May 29th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hans Klok back to Vegas
Replies: 0
Views: 449

Hans Klok back to Vegas

Hans Klok returns to Vegas - this time in the very intimate 400 seater “Thunder from Down Under” theatre at Excalibur ...

https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertain ... p-1674330/
by CraigMitchell
May 27th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine overreaches in Europe ?
Replies: 14
Views: 3520

Blaine overreaches in Europe ?

It seems Blaine’s promoters severely over estimated his commercial appeal in Europe ( or Ireland at least ) With 10 days to go - he has switched venues from the 10000 seat 3 Arena in Dublin to the 2000 seat Bord Gais Theatre. “Technical issues” is the official reason - but with tickets still readily...
by CraigMitchell
May 4th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Berglas MBE
Replies: 0
Views: 477

David Berglas MBE

David Berglas recently received his MBE for his enormous contribution to the art of magic. https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1123961918996340736 https://twitter.com/MarvinBerglas/status/1124234042449199104 Congratulations to the one and only International Man of Mystery - David Berglas! A true ...
by CraigMitchell
May 1st, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

And seems Mr Angel couldn’t resist a dig at his former employers Cirque ... Ever on the ball - their retort “Need an opening night invite? See what a full house looks like again?”” https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/kats/criss-angel-fires-a-shot-at-cirque-as-r-u-n-is-a...
by CraigMitchell
April 30th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

In the sign of the times - Cirque's latest show is dropping the acrobatics, is down to just 75 minutes and promises to attract a different type of audience. https://www.latimes.com/travel/lasvegas/la-tr-travel-las-vegas-cirque-du-soleil-new-show-without-acrobats-20190430-story.html ---- “If you’re b...
by CraigMitchell
April 21st, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Tom, you have great insights into the industry & entertainment in general. You really should consider writing more about the trends.
by CraigMitchell
April 20th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Now thats funny!
by CraigMitchell
April 20th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Criss Angel has just interestingly announced the cancellation of all 930 pm performances. He blames his injured shoulder - but such an enormous reduction of ticket capacity ( so soon after opening ) and for the indefinite future - would appear that he, too, may be unable to sustain demand for two pe...
by CraigMitchell
April 11th, 2019, 3:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

On the developing entertainment landscape - Caesars are also overhauling the Colosseum following Celine's departure https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/kats/makeover-coming-for-colosseum-at-caesars-on-las-vegas-strip-1637739/ Interestingly they are removing the fixed se...
by CraigMitchell
April 10th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

Re: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

To play devils advocate - they are thronging to the night clubs and are "required to stand there the whole time" ;-)
by CraigMitchell
April 9th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Vegas dream is crumbling ...
Replies: 57
Views: 10168

The Vegas dream is crumbling ...

Good article on the state of Vegas entertainment ...

https://vegasunfiltered.blog/2019/04/08 ... HPVRaAxiD0
by CraigMitchell
April 7th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ehrlich Brothers - Wembley Arena UK
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Re: Ehrlich Brothers - Wembley Arena UK

A few pics on Twitter et al - it's a massive production including the production of a Monster Truck! Comments seeming to be mostly positive all round: "@EhrlichBrothers interval - it’s completely OTT - completely cheesy- completely camp - I’m loving it! " https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3gCMZ...
by CraigMitchell
April 1st, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ehrlich Brothers - Wembley Arena UK
Replies: 7
Views: 1293

Ehrlich Brothers - Wembley Arena UK

Can anyone in the UK shed light on the Ehrlich Brothers playing the Wembley Arena ? It's a 10000 seat arena ... they've reduced that to half-capacity, the show is on Saturday and there are hundreds of seats still available to buy. I'm assuming no one in the UK knows who they are ( compared to their ...
by CraigMitchell
March 30th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9913

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

The full USDA report - which contains multiple eye-witness and staff accounts - was extensively covered in 2005: https://www.today.com/news/why-did-tiger-attack-roy-horn-2D80555372 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roy-horn-tiger-mauling-case-closed/ There is very little difference between this "new...
by CraigMitchell
March 30th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9913

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

No Richard, the allure of the imaginary cover-up certainly has the press excited. It's a non-event. @Leo - "Siegfried & Roy trainer blames showman for tiger attack: 'Roy’s not the only one that suffers'" is distasteful. 16 years post fact you run the TV show circuit and attempt to garn...
by CraigMitchell
March 30th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9913

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

This happened in 2003 - 16 years ago. How this is somehow "news" is bizarre ... and more specifically, what this animal handler stands to gain after all this time besides the salacious allure of a "cover-up" ... No one conclusively knows what caused the tiger to go off script. An...
by CraigMitchell
March 30th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine UK Tour
Replies: 7
Views: 1263

Re: David Blaine UK Tour

The show is INCREDIBLE. Go see it!
by CraigMitchell
March 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2915

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

@Angelo - thanks so much for sharing! That looks fantastic!

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