Magician keeps reappearing!

Aug 8, 2005 3:36 AM

Being well-read and highly respected as a columnist, I still get surprised and shocked at what magician Steve Wyrick is able to pull off in our city. He’s got more than nine lives or one rich sugar daddy!

When I arrived in Las Vegas, Steve took me to lunch at the Lady Luck. He was the headliner at the downtown venue, but he told me it wouldn’t be long before he would be playing the Strip. He kept his word starring at the Sahara and then the Aladdin. Now, he’s going to Desert Passage to compete with David Saxe.

The difference is that Steve is going to build a fancy room with an ultra lounge, restaurant and magic shop. Saxe must be steaming, especially since Steve has more than a few bucks to spend on the project. He says it’ll be open by Thanksgiving. I’m sure there’s going to be some battles along the way ”¦ may the best diva win!

Speaking of a diva, my Monti Rock Icon tour business is booming. I really didn’t know that so many whales — and I don’t mean fat people — want to meet a show business classic like me. The Capital Grill at the Fashion Show Mall was divine while Nick’s Restaurant at the top of Mandalay Bay caused me enough drama for a lifetime.

Check out dinner at the Carmel Room at the Rampart Casino on the Westside. Chef Joseph Flattery does and incredible presentation to go along with the superb meal. And, while you’re there, Mentalist Gerry McCambridge is a must see in the Addison Lounge. He started telling me things that I forgot about myself. Actually, I didn’t want to remember any of them. It was scary and I had nightmares.

The beautiful new Chinatown showroom finally opened on Spring Mountain Road after weeks of delay do to ludicrous permit problems. And, it’s knockout. It’s warm and comfortable. The debut show, "NO MSG — A Musical Variety Show in Good Taste," is a winner. The dinner concept (you get to choose one of six Chinatown Mall restaurants) is an excellent idea because all of them offer outstanding fare. To celebrate the opening, producer/director Jerry Schaffer is offering locals a 20 percent discount. Check it out and tell them Sir Monti sent you.

Barry Manilow will keep on crooning into 2007 at the Hilton as the hotel has added 150 shows to Manilow’s current engagement. The original deal had the entertainer performing for 24 weeks through 2005 and into 2006. Manilow is telling friends that the engagement is working better than he ever anticipated. By the way, the headliner not does stay overnight at the Hilton when he’s performing unless it is totally necessary. He usually takes a private jet home to Palm Springs to sleep in his own bed.

It’s taken some time, but Recaredo Gutierrez, the producer of "Tropical Passions" — the show that suddenly closed at the Sahara —is attempting to atone for his dastardly deeds. Gutierrez has reportedly written checks to some of the cast members to whom he owes money, but has asked them not to cash them until he gets his cash-flow moving again.

News And Notes: "Hairspray" won’t debut at the Luxor until March when the producers should have a headliner deal signed”¦ Veteran TV star Bea Arthur brings her one-woman Broadway show to the Tropicana for one night Aug. 27”¦ Clint Holmes has a new show in place at Harrah’s”¦ The Lied Animal Shelter will hold its third annual Ice Cream Sunday and Pet Adoption at Aliante in Henderson on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m”¦ The Los Angeles Kings annual pre-season hockey game is scheduled Sept. 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena”¦ Candyman: "From Russia With Love" is offering their sexual fantasy for women at Krave at 7 p.m. Monday — Saturday”¦ Tom Jones is at the MGM’s Hollywood Theatre through Aug. 24”¦ Toby Keith contractually wasn’t allowed to sing at the opening of his "I Love This Bar and Grill" at Harrah’s, but he’ll do plenty at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Aug. 19”¦ Paul Rodriguez performs at the Mandalay Theatre on Sept. 16.