For the many that miss the days of old Las Vegas, there are very few entertainers and even less shows like that of James Dimmare and the Martinis and Magic Show.
Starting at an underage 14 years old on nightclub stages, the man that Variety Magazine went on to call, “One of the most exciting talents I’ve seen in years, not just a magician, but a world class entertainer,” reminds audience members of what shows used to be on the Strip.
Touring around the world, from the Moulin Rouge to the London Palladium to the Magic Castle, the multi-award winning magician has now landed in what he feels is the perfect venue for his unique show, the Las Vegas hotspot, The MINT Tavern.
Always updating his show to keep it fresh, this show presents a comical, interactive, retro-style that involves audience participation, some silent bits, lots of talking, some stage illusion, and a whole lot of fun.
“I don’t consider other magicians my competition, because of my individualized type of show,” Dimmare said. “I consider my competition to be Frank, Sammy, and Dean.
“I wanted to create an intimate, old-school, Vegas-style, uncensored show for adults who like a cocktail, a few laughs, and want to leave entertained.”
Joining Dimmare on stage is his 16-year assistant, the lovely Eliza Zimmerman. Transferring from the University of Texas to UNLV more than two decades ago, Zimmerman started out in the hospitality field. A friendship with the Amazing Johnathan offered a rare opportunity to hit the stage in his show as well many others, including Criss Angel’s.
“During these times, we want people to forget their problems and enjoy themselves in and Old Vegas, Rat Pack style ambiance,” Zimmerman said. “Our show is that of style and sophistication, everyone is welcomed for this uplifting and happy show.”
The MINT Tavern, located just a few blocks west of the Strip at 323 W. Sahara, drew inspiration from the fabulous past of Las Vegas. For locals and visitors alike, this 24-hour gaming lounge offers swing dancing and karaoke among other forms of entertainment, including Dimmare’s Martini’s and Magic show. The look and feel both inside and out is a true rarity. Bruce the Bartender will make you feel as at home as Norm is in Cheers. He will be happy to make you one of the joint’s signature drinks — the Brown Derby, the Vegas Vixen, the Frisco Sour, or even the one named after its headliner, the Dimmare Martini.
For now, tickets are available every Saturday night for this 90-minute show, starting at 7 p.m., through December at martinisandmagic.com. Ticket prices for this 21-and-over show is $37 for general admission and $65 for VIP seating and includes one free drink. You can also check out the show’s Facebook page, Martinis and Magic for updates, show schedules, and even a special discount code.
Seasoned veterans, James and Eliza have adapted their personalized interaction with the audience to meet current safety needs.
“The health and well-being of the audience and the staff is key to us,”Dimmare said. “People can come out and be protected, have a good time, and decompress in the safest and most-enjoyable atmosphere out there right now.”
The Mario Show
Some people can sing, some can impersonate, some can tell jokes, and some can entertain. Very few can do it all.
To call Mario Rosales talented is an understatement because Mario can do it all.
Like many big names in Vegas, this never idle entertainer is bringing his big name to smaller venues. Right now, every Saturday night from 5:30-8:30 p.m., he can be found at the unique Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen and Mexican Cantina located at 1300 West Sunset Road inside the Galleria at Sunset. Known for its truly diverse menu, Bobby Mao’s offers the perfect place for Rosales to showcase his many talents.
“It is important that we are able to enjoy live entertainment during these difficult times,” Rosales said. He went on to say that he personally was feeling low, being at home and isolated, and performing is a way that he can feel better about himself while making others feel the same.
Born and raised in Southern California, one of 11 children in a very musical family, he began playing piano and violin at the age of five and later learned to play the clarinet, saxophone and guitar. Rosales spent most of his adult life as an actor, voice-over artist and stand-up comedian in Hollywood.
Later in life, he worked in radio as a talk show host. In 2004, he was led to Las Vegas as he focused on a career in singing. His success has brought him fans around the world from performances abroad as well as on the cruise ship circuit. But little comes close to his loyal fan base in both Texas and Nevada.
Going to see The Mario Show, you will be surprised as you will experience one of the best pure and natural voices in Las Vegas entertainment today, as his range goes from Sinatra, to Country, to Pop. However, it doesn’t stop there. His impersonations of John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone and Rodney Dangerfield are the best around. Then he takes it even further with some of the funniest, clean comedy and humor in the business. This all adds up to be one heck of an entertaining show.
You can reserve a seat for the free all-ages show by calling 702-547-6649.
You can also visit Mario’s Facebook page at Mario Rosales, for all updates and show schedules. All safety precautions are taken to ensure the well being of all guests.