By Mike Weatherford for the Las Vegas Review-Journal “Welcome to my new stage,” Jan Rouven says. Then, as he steps down from it to a folding chair that serves as the halfway point to the floor, “It’s not a step, it’s a leap.” Nice one. But it’s not even the best metaphor of the conversation.
By MIKE WEATHERFORDLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Fans of comedy magic won’t have to worry about either Mac King going anywhere or having an afternoon alternative in Murray SawChuck. King has signed a four-year contract extension at Harrah’s Las Vegas that will take his long-running show to 19 years at the hotel. Murray (who is billed by
By MIKE WEATHERFORDLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL For nine years, Las Vegas based magicians have competed on “America’s Got Talent,” from Nathan Burton in season one to Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini this year. But on Wednesday, it was non-Nevadan Mat Franco who became the first magician ever to win NBC’s talent contest and its $1 million prize.
By MIKE WEATHERFORDLAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL Gary Darwin’s collection of magic memorabilia fills his eight-room house, surrounding and distracting him as he speaks from the sofa that is just about the last outpost of actual habitation. I’m there to talk about him, specifically his 50 years of presiding over a weekly magic club. But Darwin’s life