Access Vegas Insider Vibe – March 17, 2004

Featured Story:
Master Magician Lance Burton

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Spring Break and March Madness are both in full swing and the temperatures are pushing 90 F during the day. The party is around the pool (or in the sports book) during the day and on The Strip at night. No snow to shovel in Las Vegas.

Access Vegas Minute – We’re beta-testing a one minute commercial spot called the Access Vegas Minute. Right now it’s running during shows on the new Talk Radio Las Vegas Network online. You can listen to this week’s “Minute” directly by clicking: Access Vegas Minute.
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Mardi Gras Las Vegas – in April. The Fremont Street Experience Eighth Annual Mardi Gras Celebration is Friday and Saturday, April 16th and 17th . Yes, I know Fat Tuesday was weeks ago. Someone tell that to the planners downtown. However, this is worth checking out. Fremont Street turns into a huge party with showgirls, parades, and just lots of fun. Click to see photos from last year and click for the complete story, details, and line-up.
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Star Trek BORG Invasion 4D – has opened at the Las Vegas Hilton. This groundbreaking interactive experience is the first all-digital motion picture to incorporate live action and animation within a 3D cinema environment. Click to read full story and click to see photos.

A Reader Asks Just 3 weeks to go until we leave grey, cold London for sunny, fun Vegas for our wedding! We have decided upon Emeril’s for lunch after the ceremony but … I just wandered if anybody had been to either Spago or Chinois and had any opinions to share? Or Commander’s Palace also? Oh hell, any good places?!

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Happy Birthday Las Vegas – Our insane city turns 100 years old next year, and the celebration might be unparalelled. On July 4, 2005 Las Vegas is going to throw a part that tops our decadent, over-the-top New Year’s Eve celebration. Fireworks, huge concert acts, and worldwide coverage is planned. As always, we’ll update you as the plans move along!

Note to civic and gaming leaders: How come other major cities have big festivals and celebrations (often) multiple times a year and we don’t? Las Vegas should be jammed for Mardi Gras, Halloween, and whatever else excuse we can find to close a couple streets and set off some fireworks.

Weclome Ariane – We want to welcome Ariane on board to the crew. With a background in modeling, acting, journalism and writing you’ll be seeing and hearing her contributions very soon. She’s regularly works trade shows and conventions here, so check her out next time your company needs good talent in Las Vegas. Click to her site for more info.

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Featured Story:
Master Magician Lance Burton

lance burton master magician magic You have probably seen Lance Burton on T.V. countless times. He’s been a semi-fixture on The Tonight Show, dating back to Johnny Carson who called Lance “the best magician I have ever seen.” More recently on everything from Hollywood Squares (where he is now a semi-regular guest) to programs on Animal Planet network.

Lance graduated from an ongoing guest spot in Folies Bergere to his own to his own show in the Lance Burton Theater at the Monte Carlo a few years ago, and continues a very succesful run.

The show started with the clip from his last television special in which he was chained to the tracks of the infamous Desperado rollercoaster in Primm (40 miles south of Las Vegas). It is arguably the tallest and fastest in the world. While he was able to work his way free, he couldn’t hear his assistant’s time counts and was nearly killed. Even in slow motion, you could see the coaster missing his feet by inches as he jumped free.

Lance it a traditional magician, not relying on lasers and tigers so much as classic magic taken to a new level. He does make himself flatten and vanish in a twist on the old rabbit from a hat routine that fills the stage with machinery (and his beautiful assistants). In an aviation themed illusion, his showgirl assistants manage to appear/dissapear into a suitcase placed on a table in the middle of the stage. Nothing above, below, behind … and no way they could all fit. Wow.

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – February 6, 2002

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THIS ISSUE: The Mirage Hotel Casino Las Vegas

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NEWKIRK’S NOTES – comments on Las Vegas and travel from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Cold, cold, cold, cold … we had a very unpleasant two week cold snap. Lows often dipped below 30 and sometimes the highs didn’t make it into the 50’s. This weekend’s forecast is for mid-60’s and sunny so things are back to normal for winter. Now is a great time to book for March and April here and get that early reprieve from winter.

Million Dollar Winner: For the third time in less than six weeks, a Boyd Gaming downtown casino has produced a million-dollar winner. Peggy Beels of Ontario, California won $1.2 million on The Addams Family Reel Saturday afternoon at the Fremont Hotel downtown. Beels, who had invested about $100 on the nickel game, walked away with a check for the full amount. The first thing Beels said she was going to do was to pay off her bills and take a cruise.

NASCAR Fans: Coming to the big race here? You know that traffic to and from a major NASCAR race is bad, and Las Vegas is no exception. The answer? Arrive quickly and in style like the drivers do — in a helicopter from The Strip straight to the speedway! Your NASCAR vacation is a memory, your vacation time is valuable, and you can tell your friends you arrived flying high over the Vegas Strip! My friend John Buch from Maverick Helicopters has arranged great rates for our readers. Contact him directly for details at (click)

Larry G. Jones, the man of 1,002 voices has a new home. He is very talented, and the price is right. Forget that $100 a ticket for Danny Gans. Jones performs each afternoon at 5 PM in the upstairs showroom of Fitzgerald’s downtown for a one-drink minimum. This guy is going to be one of the next Las Vegas “greats,” so catch him while you still can! (Gans is great, but one of the toughest tickets in town and out of the budget of many visitors.)

Fat Tuesday: Celebrate Mardi Gras at McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood House on Feb. 12. You have NO EXCUSE not to attend the best Mardi Gras party in Las Vegas! There will be food and drink specials as well as a costume contest. McCormick and Schmick’s is about 3 blocks from The Strip on Flamingo (just before Paradise on the left). We are giving away a $50 McCormick and Schmick’s gift certificate this month on All Vegas TV. For more information on the contest, and Bacardi Gras see this month’s All Vegas TV show at (the info is just a few minutes into the show).

We had a great time at Showgirls of Magic recently and this show at the San Remo (next to The Tropicana, steps off The Strip) is a lot of fun for the money. You get beautiful Vegas Showgirls, magic, comedy and specialty acts in a quick-moving show. The early show is covered, and the later show is topless. (Guys … hit the late show with your buddies. You won’t find this much eye candy for the price anywhere else). Ticket and additional show info at

Speaking of showgirls, a big tip of the hat to E! Entertainment (cable channel) for their “Vegas Showgirls: Nearly Famous” show airing Monday nights at 10 PM. This show covers the lives of four female and two male dancers in Jubilee. Yes, they show the wild nights out that twenty-somethings enjoy here. But they also show these Las Vegas residents fighting traffic, going to Starbucks, and enjoying their apartment / condo pool in the Las Vegas sunshine — what a shock … people actually live normal lives here!

The Fielding West Show: Comedy, Tricks and Naked Chicks opens this week. You may remember him from A&EÆs An Evening at the Improv, NBCÆs WorldÆs Greatest Magic, CarolineÆs Comedy Hour, and NBCÆs WorldÆs Wildest Magicians and having seen him before, I’ll be the first to tell you he is FUNNY! Tickets and more information on all Las Vegas shows available at

We gave the main page a much needed makeover. Now you can see hotel specials and coming headliners at a glance, as well as our featured shows. We are redesigning the entire site offline, and in April the new look will debut, make it much easier to find all of the information we now offer across our hundreds of pages of info. Thanks for your patience!

I finally made it up to The Ghostbar at the new Palms resort. With so much to do, see, and cover here it takes a while to get around to everything! Picture a very trendy (and very expensive) L.A. style lounge with a great view of Las Vegas. Dress to impress and be prepared for a $10-20 cover charge and $10 drinks, but worth one visit. You might want to go on a weeknight to avoid the heavy crowds. The Palms is one of our “special value” hotels this month — details at

Thanks to reader Amy Hollon for her great article this month on The Mirage. We do accept article submissions, and pay a nominal fee for publication.

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The Mirage: A Casino With An “Illusive Imagination”

By Amy Hollon

A magical and most inspiring casino waiting to demonstrate their secrets to the wondering minds from all over the world. Visit the Mirage in Las Vegas. What are you waiting for? Las Vegas has many great bargains going on right now!

SPECTACULAR ROOMS: The Mirage hotel guest rooms are fabulous! Offering great views of Las Vegas, the pool, mountains and more. All the rooms are elegant, using the finest of everything from fabrics to rugs to wallpaper and accessories, lamps and pictures hanging on the walls. What more could anyone ask for? Guest Room rates vary by time and season. Check prices and availability online at

SIEGFRIED AND ROY: They are the most famous “masters of the universe” magicians, waiting to entertain us along with their beautiful white tigers. Their love for all animals is known to all of us, all over the world. Their professional skills and performances are a rewarding work of art. Lots of precious time spent with their tigers and lions and training them to perfection is truly seen through all their shows. What love and admiration they give to us all.

Performance show times: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Sunday and Monday 7:30 p.m., Dark on Wednesday and Thursday. You can check ticket price and availability at This show sells out well ahead of time so if you can get tickets for the dates of your visit, grab them!

THE MIRAGE AQUARIUM: This wonder is filled with sharks and tropical fishes. The aquarium holds up to 20,000 gallons of water. That is a lot of water? You will see it when you enter the hotel registry at the Mirage, located in behind the front desk!

SECRET GARDEN OF SIEGFRIED AND ROY: A sanctuary full of exotic creatures, white tigers, white lions and Asian elephants, where they can live comfortably. Watch these animals on stage performing along with their masters Siegfried and Roy, as they appear and disappear right before your very eyes. The Secret Garden was created as a place where these animals could live free from danger. This is also where one may learn and observe and listen to their exotic creatures.

Siegfried & Roy have their very own website at with interesting stories they share about their animals and their love for them.

Dolphin Habitat is another great magical place, where one can take a tour throughout the day. You will be able to see the Bottlenose dolphins swimming and jumping and just having a fun time in the pool. The AccessVegas.Com review of “Secret Garden” and the dolphin habitat with photos is available at

LET’S EAT! The finest place for dining is the “Moongate.” Here you will fine an elegant taste of Chinese atmosphere. The beautiful designs and the surroundings were all very carefully chosen. They offer a Sushi bar. Also serving their traditional Teppan yaki.

Everybody favorite, The Mirage Buffet serves a variety and tasty foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast $8.95, Lunch $9.95, Dinner $14.95. Prices may vary.

Other great places to eat:

* The California Pizza Kitchen is great for the kids, with plenty of pizza on hand to feed those hungry mouths. So what’s it going to be, Pepperoni or Cheese?

* Caribe CafÚ, there is nothing like the smelling of fresh brew coffee in the morning or late at night. They are opened 24 hours.

* The Noodle Kitchen offers tasty mouth watering barbecue ribs, duck, won ton and more. They have the best barbecue ribs. Try them out.

* Kokomo’s serve excellent seafood and steak! T bone, sirloin with potatoes and vegetables!

* Renoir a 5 star French Cuisine restaurant, where food is created by Chef Alessandro Stratta and is open only for dinner and a fine, elegant place to eat. Reserve Renoir online to guarantee that memorable dinner: Restaurants of this caliber often are reserved well ahead of time.

* Mikado serves Japanese food those of you wanting a change in taste dissolving in your mouth. Try the Sushi.

* Finally, for the Italian lovers, have you heard about Onda? They are a must — try their food out when visiting the Mirage. Open only for Dinner.

* The Roasted Bean is an excellent place for fresh coffee, pastries, espresso, and cappuccinos.

The Mirage Hotel & Casino is located at: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109. More information and room prices / availability at

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February 6, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770