Illusionists pull disappearing acts

Mar 29, 2005 4:17 AM

Rick Thomas and Dirk Arthur plus their exotic cats have started performing afternoons in their respective new homes — Thomas at the Stardust and Arthur at the Tropicana. And, both have been issued new restrictions due to Roy Horn’s tragic accident. "We have to maintain total control of the cats via leashes," said Thomas, "and I can’t allow them to walk down the center ramp at the Stardust to be closer to the audience. It’s understandable and we have to live with them."

And, speaking of Siegfried & Roy, if Michael Jackson did get a job at Phil Ruffin’s new hotel, which is something I think is preposterous, or someone’s been using the same stuff I used years ago, look for S&R to be part of the production team. He’s very close to the pair and has always told them that if he went back on stage he wanted to do a show that included magic.

While Anthony Cools is welcomed by the press this week at Paris, I’m sad to report that Justin Tranz is departing the Sahara. Both are hypnotists but with different styles. Another new show in town is the Titanic Artifacts at the Tropicana. It’s nice to have something aboard that’s older than me.

Caesars Palace is ballyhooing the grand opening weekend extravaganza of the Pussycat Dolls, April 7-9, highlighted by Desperate Houswife Eve Longoria hosting a private celebrity studded bash and performing with the ladies. The press has been sent invites to cover the red carpet of the invites going into the Pussycat Dolls Lounge, but have been informed that Ms. Longoria doesn’t want any media seeing her performance and will not be allowed inside the lounge. Maybe she should check with other members of her cast to see what it’s like when you’re not part of a hit TV show and the press isn’t interested in you, because that time will come!

The "Miss Congeniality" sequel starring Sandra Bullock isn’t as funny as the first one, but it’s great to see Las Vegas featured as well as a couple of our local drag queens. Larry Edwards, who received a key to the city from Mayor Oscar Goodman last week, gets more screen time than his old "La Cage" co-star Frank Marino, though his name is not mentioned. Edwards is emcee "Hot Chocolate" at Krave on weekends.

It was 50 years ago that the film "Blackboard Jungle" hit the theaters and launched Bill Haley’s and The Comets’ rock anthem, "Rock Around the Clock." A DVD of the film is out May 10. The Comets (all five surviving members, ages 70 to 83) recently performed at the Viper Room in Los Angeles and has been a successful touring attraction in Europe since reuniting in 1987.

Your GamingToday columnist is now a radio personality, too. I can be heard dishing the dirt on the Big Johnson Show every Wednesday at 8 a.m. on 1140 am. You won’t believe it, but they call it Spike Radio ”¦ Radio for Men!

News And Notes: Gallagher’s Comedy Club has opened at the Tuscany with the comedian appearing nightly at 9 when he’s not on the road. When he has a gig elsewhere, he promises other to-flight comics will be on stage ”¦ Larry Taylor’s ballroom dance sessions at the Gold Coast are coming to an end. The Sunday sessions are over with the Monday night fun finishing Sept. 1 ”¦ Tara Reid, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Leslie Bibb are starring in Hitch, a FOX network drama pilot about a Las Vegas wedding chapel business”¦The Scintas are making their film debut in "The Retirement," currently in production and starring Peter Falk, George Segal, Rip Torn and Coolio”¦Justin Louis, one of the stars of the Lifetime television’s drama Missing, will portray Donald Trump in the ABC movie-of-the week Ambition, about Trump’s rise to fame and fortune”¦Keely Smith has released a CD entitled "Vegas ’58: Today," that she recorded live last year in New York but includes classic hits with Louis Prima”¦Gladys Knight & the Pips’ "I Heard Through the Grapevine" is among the songs of the classic Detroit label’s catalog that will on "Motown Remixed" due out May 24”¦ Tabú Ultra Lounge at the MGM Grand has been selected "best lounge" at the third Annual Club World Awards for the second consecutive year”¦Club Madrid at Sunset Station turns into Electro Vegas, an ultra lounge featuring Las Vegas’ first interactive dance floor, Friday nights starting at 10 o’clock”¦CineVegas has named George Romero its 2005 Vanguard Director Award recipient and will screen his "Night of the Living Dead" during the June 12-18 festival at the Palms Resort and Brenden Theatres.