Archive | June, 2016

Summer Floral Display at Palazzo waterfall gardens transports guests to Italy

30 Jun

Hot Off The Press Release: Summer in the Waterfall Atrium and Gardens at The Palazzo® Las Vegas will transport guests to the gardens of Italy. On display through Sept. 7, the installation features several figures wearing elaborate floral dresses artfully constructed from recycled paper products.

The alluring models – which stand nine feet tall – were first introduced last summer, and immediately became Instagram sensations. Due to this popularity, they were revised for an encore with new rose designs inspired by The Venetian Rose and The Palazzo Rose, both official namesake varieties of the Las Vegas resorts.

The dresses and hats that are featured were influenced by European wedding gowns and millinery. The 568 unique oversized roses featured in the dresses took six artists three months to create, using recycled paper products. Each of the 14,768 petals that make up the roses were hand-cut, painted, and sealed. The roses were sculpted and paired with others to create the elegance of a flowing gown. It took a team of five designers 40 hours to arrange the flowers into dresses.

More than 5,000 orchids, dusty miller, ligustrum, red and orange chrysanthemums, as well as boxwood and olive trees are featured throughout the display.

The Palazzo Rose was introduced in December 2012. Bred and grown in The Netherlands, the Palazzo Rose features deep crimson red petals. In 2015, the resorts unveiled The Venetian Rose, with its coco peach undertones and champagne hues. Both roses can be purchased through the floral department as a special enhancement to a guest’s stay or brides can incorporate the roses in their Venetian weddings.

The Palazzo Las Vegas’ summer floral installation by the numbers:
14,768 – the number of hand-cut petals that create the flowers used on the dresses
5,000 – the number of plants and flowers used to decorate the gardens
850 – the number of rolls of recycled paper that were used to create the flowers
568 – the number of unique flowers that encompass the figures’ dresses
400 – the number of feet of aluminum that was used to create the substructure of each flower
1 – the number of roses named after The Venetian Las Vegas
1 – the number of roses named after The Palazzo Las Vegas


Mindfreak Criss Angel ‘reveals’ debut guest column

30 Jun

My annual July trip to Italy coincides with my decision to join the new multi-media team at the Niche division of the Las Vegas Review Journal. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am with this new affiliation .We have much to look forward to and explore in the future months as we use expanded resources and technological advances to take Vegas 24/7 to the world. Until my computer software gets in synch with the RJ’s computer we’ll use  this introductory website “beta” version and over the next three weeks  the preliminary placeholder will undergo graphic and editorial changes with video , social media and cutting edge additions. This August we’ll re-launch an entire new look for the Best of Las Vegas celebrating its 35th anniversary. We hope to be able to web-broadcast those awards for the first time this fall and follow with a new weekly magazine. Who better to kick off our new “magic” than the Magician of the Century Criss Angel. Just hours before tonight’s (THURS)  premiere of his new Mindfreak Live show at the Luxor he poignantly penned our first guest column. I’ve already seen his incredible show from warehouse preparation through to previews and it is without doubt ” “The #1 Magic Show Of All Time!” Criss is also getting ready to return to A&E network television this Halloween with the one-hour special “Trick’d “

“ A Hell of a Year”-
Cancer Strikes Home, Brand New Show, and The Future

To say that it’s been a long – and sometimes extremely difficult – year is a bit of an understatement. In the fall of 2015 I received the news no parent EVER wants to hear…”Your child has cancer.” My then 2-year old son, Johnny Crisstopher, had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

I immediately put life in Las Vegas on hold (canceling shows at BeLIEve) and got on a plane for Australia, where Johnny is currently living with his mother and undergoing treatment. The success rate for curing ALL in children is quite high, but that doesn’t help you comfort and explain to your young toddler why he feels terrible, and why he has to go through all this pain.

Johnny’s mother, Shaunyl, was – and continues to be – a rock for our son. He’s continued his treatment over the past 8+ months, he’s responding well, and we are thankful we can now say he is in remission. We are hopeful that at the end of the 1,095 days that his total treatment will require, we will have a healthy, happy, cancer-free kindergartener.

Returning from my second visit to Johnny at the beginning of 2016, I began serious conversations with my partners at Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts/Luxor about launching a new show to replace the #1 best-selling BeLIEve. The show had celebrated it’s 7th anniversary the previous Halloween, with more than 3,000 performances, and I wanted the opportunity to show Vegas, my partners, and the world how much things have changed since we developed the show back in 2008.

I created my first touring production in years in 2014 when we put a version of MINDFREAK LIVE! on the road and it was an instant smash. The tour sold-out its initial run over a month before the first shows. The performances were critically acclaimed, and I knew that the Vegas audiences DESERVED to experience these new, revolutionary illusions. Using that version of MINDFREAK LIVE! as a starting point, and putting it in my theater at Luxor gave us the ability to use the advances in techniques and technology I’ve achieved – with the help of my insane magic team – over the last seven years to take it to the next level.

MINDFREAK LIVE! is very literally an 18-year-old vision of mine coming to life – in six VERY short weeks! With a blend of heart-stopping original illusions, state-of-the-art animated LED lighting, RGB lasers, LED virtual worlds, 3-D immersive effects, pyrotechnic landscapes, live musicians and a DJ, this show is a 360-degree experience. We’re doing something with lasers that’s never been done before, you’ll see me pull off a levitation that I’ve been working on for more than a decade, and you’ll witness me recreate some of the most dangerous illusions I’ve ever attempted. Here are some of the first photos.

Let me be really clear: this is a brand new show. This is not a refresh. Everything is completely new. Everything is completely different.

It’s beyond any other magic show in Vegas or the world for that matter. It will be – without a question – the most mind-blowing, insane magic show ever to be performed live, with more magic in it than any other show ever -over 50 illusions!) . MINDFREAK LIVE! will really show how far magic has come. Magic has never seen anything like this.


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The official premiere of the show is Thursday this week- June 30 – and I couldn’t be more excited for people to see what we’ve created here! I think this is the show that people expect from Criss Angel.

Following the world premiere of MINDFREAK LIVE! I’m plunging straight into my next TV project. I’m back home on A&E this fall with a one-hour special that’s going to be insane! It’s a tough schedule but I’m super excited to be working again with the network and people that helped make it all happen with MINDFREAK.

During all of this, every spare second is focused on my passion project – the first of what I hope will be an annual fundraiser called HELP! (Heal Every Life Possible) benefitting the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation. HELP! will be an all-star show on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Criss Angel Theater at the Luxor.

This show is going to be amazing. We are still confirming the guest list, but Britney Spears, J-Lo, Siegfried & Roy, Jerry Lewis, Wayne Newton, Richie Sambora, Mike Tyson, Chuck Liddell, Lance Burton, Terry Fator, Gordie Brown, Tony Orlando, Vince Neil, Carrot Top, Gene Simmons, Gary Oldman, Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas, Flavor Flav, Blue Man Group, Kris Kremo, Miles Brown and so many others have already committed to support this show.

My goal is to make this one of the biggest charity events of the year in Las Vegas, and raise over $1 million in one night. In addition to the show, we will pull together an incredible silent auction with experiences of a lifetime. I am including a stay at my own estate, the 25,000-square-foot Serenity, and a behind-the-scenes tour of my 60,000-square-foot Las Vegas magic facility which includes a private magic lesson with me and members of The Supernaturalists touring show. We will also have a VIP package to see Celine Dion, and more.

Earlier this year I donated $100,000 to St. Baldrick’s and I want everyone to know that 100% of ALL donations to HELP! will go directly to pediatric cancer care and research – and ultimately a cure; the foundation administration is funded entirely out of my pocket – no deductions are made from donations.

I won’t lie, the last year has been one heck of a roller coaster, but I am so excited when I look at the ride ahead. I hope you’ll join me… come check out MINDFREAK LIVE! at Luxor this summer, and this fall help me meet that million dollar goal to defeat pediatric cancer. I can promise you that you’ll see some of the most mind-blowing magic on the planet!

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French Fries for everybody! Next week “Idaho” the musical becomes the first Las Vegas homegrown production that will hopefully go onto success on Broadway starts previews on Wednesday (July 6) before Saturday’s (July 9) unique Spuds & Fine Wine premiere . Myron Martin, president of the Smith Center who made the high-roller decision to financially back the project is joined by creator Buddy Sheffield for two guest columns about the musical treat. Andy Walmsley, the production designer tackles the state of live Vegas shows in his highly provocative guest column.

Enjoy it all and our guest columnists as we start moving ahead full –steam when I return in August.


29 Jun

Hot Off The Press: on Sunday, July 31, 2016, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower will host the official premiere for Syfy’s “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens,” which was filmed in part at the iconic property. Cast members confirmed to attend the private viewing party and red carpet include shark-fighting hero Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Gary Busey, Cheryl Tiegs, Ryan Newman and more. Keeping true to “Sharknado” tradition, surprise celebrity cameos will also be featured in the new film, many of who will also be at the celebrity-packed soiree.

Following the star-studded movie premiere and red carpet, the cast will go to the official after-party, “Cast Party With a Cause,” benefitting The Animal Foundation. “Sharknado” fanatics are invited to attend the pool party to revel and take photos with cast members while viewing the new film at the hotel’s newly-remodeled Elation Pool. In addition to being able to take photos with select actors, there will also be food and beverages available for partiers to purchase. The poolside bash will take place from 8 – 11 p.m. and party goers can expect a lot of shark-themed surprises. The entire ticket price of entry goes to the charity, The Animal Foundation. Tickets are available for the public to purchase now for just $15 at

Buy tickets here

“It was exciting being able to have Stratosphere and Las Vegas featured in such a fun and over-the-top movie,” said Michael McNamee, vice president of marketing at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. “We’re thrilled to host the premiere as well as have ‘Sharknado’ fans celebrate with the cast and invited celebrities at the Cast Party with a Cause after-party to raise funds for a great cause, The Animal Foundation.”

Five years after the East Coast was demolished in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!,” the world has been sharknado-free until the sharks and nados start appearing in unexpected places, including Las Vegas. In addition to thrilling shark-fighting action, the global franchise will also reveal the highly-anticipated outcome of Tara Reid’s character, April Wexler, whose ultimate fate is decided based on the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social media campaign.


29 Jun

Wall Street insiders reporting this morning that Stephen Cloobeck’s Las Vegas headquartered Diamond Resorts International timeshare company of 379 resort destinations has been sold for $2.2 billion to the Apollo group.

Apollo is the Texas banking company involved with the Caesars buyout in recent years and had a stake in the Palms before it was sold this year to our Station Casinos group.




28 Jun

Following a month of previews that left fans begging for more, superstar magician Criss Angel will celebrate the highly anticipated world premiere of his all-new genre-smashing magic spectacular, MINDFREAK® LIVE!, performing exclusively at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. To kick off the grand opening show, Angel will make a stunning appearance on the black carpet before making his way to the stage, where he will unveil all-new illusions, ground-breaking 3-D worlds and breathtaking visuals that astound audiences like never before.

The world-renowned illusionist’s guest list includes Criss Stage 1
Brian McKnight, R&B singer and Billboard songwriter of the year
Gary Oldman, critically acclaimed actor
Vince Neil, lead singer of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe
Travis Toy, guitarist and banjoist for country pop band Rascal Flatts
Andrew Dice Clay, famous stand-up comedian and actor
Method Man, Grammy®-winning rapper and original member of the Wu-Tang Clan
Flavor Flav, world-famous rapper, comedian and TV personality
Tony Orlando, acclaimed singer and former lead vocalist for Tony Orlando and Dawn
DJ Paul, rapper, record producer and founding member of hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia
Chuck Liddell, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Anthony Pettis, former UFC Lightweight Champion
Lance Burton, master magician and Las Vegas headliner
Carrot Top, world-famous comedian and Las Vegas headliner
Terry Fator, world-famous ventriloquist, comedian and Las Vegas headliner
Cast members of FANTASY
Cast members of Thunder From Down Under
Michael Godard, world-famous painter and “Rockstar of the Art World”
Vladimir Kush, world-renowned surrealist painter and sculptor
Constance Perry, Wish Kid of Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada
Cast members of MINDFREAK® LIVE!
Cast members of Mystère by Cirque du Soleil®
Cast members of The Australian Bee Gees


28 Jun

As part of Caesars Palace’s 50th Anniversary “Summer of Caesars” celebration, the iconic property pays homage to its colorful history of hosting amazing daredevil action with a night jump by the Red Bull Air Force skydiving team in front of the famed resort. The daring stunt is set to take place on Sunday, July 3 at 9 p.m. during the free Independence Day Weekend Block Party and will be followed by a colossal 13 ½ minute fireworks extravaganza set directly above the hotel’s newly-reimagined Julius Tower (weather permitting).

4th of July Fireworks Celebration Caesars Palace Las Vegas

4th of July Fireworks Celebration Caesars Palace Las Vegas July 7, 2012


Kicking things off at the stage built over the iconic fountains at Caesars Palace at 8 pm will be a roster of live entertainment including beloved winner of ‘American Idol” season five, Taylor Hicks, cast members from Absinthe and the UNLV “Star of Nevada” Marching Band.


Caesars Palace has a rich history of hosting suspenseful, daredevil action that dates back to 1967 when Evel Knievel attempted to jump the resort’s towering row of fountains on his famous red, white and blue motorcycle – a feat that was successfully completed years later by his son Robbie Knievel in front of a national television audience in 1989. Robbie Knievel was the first to clear the fountains and will be on hand July 3 to witness the latest thrilling stunt at Caesars Palace.


Wearing illuminated wingsuits equipped with red, white and blue LED lights, the Red Bull Air Force will make their adrenaline-pumping jump, skillfully landing on a target on the famed Las Vegas Strip directly in front of Caesars Palace.


“We want to take this opportunity to honor America, celebrate our 50 years and thank everyone who has ever visited our property,” says Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner. “The festivities will be highlighted on the evening of Sunday, July 3 with a thrilling stunt honoring Caesars daredevil legacy, a fireworks extravaganza which will be among the largest displays Caesars has ever done, live music and a free public celebration in front of Caesars Palace.”


Highlights of Caesars Palace Independence Day Weekend festivities include:



  • OMNIA VIEWING PARTY – Joining in the Caesars Palace 50th Anniversary festivities, OMNIA Nightclub will open its doors early Sunday, July 3 as it hosts a firework viewing party on its iconic Terrace.  Offering the most breathtaking views of the Strip and a front row destination to view the show, the 21 and over party will feature $18 specialty Independence Day themed cocktails and sounds by resident DJ Mikey Francis. Locals and hotel guests with a valid room key will receive complimentary entry to the special event. Doors open at 8:30pm. Dress code: No shorts, sandals, or hats. For more information please visit


  • MILITARY OFFER – In honor of Independence Day, all veterans and active duty military who verify their identities through and book a Las Vegas reservation on between June 30th and July 5th for stays on selected dates through 2016 will receive up to 20% off.


  • FREE PUBLIC BLOCK PARTY – The Roman Plaza and Spanish Steps directly in front of Caesars Palace will be transformed for the massive block party which will feature live music, signature cocktails, life size games, patriotic decorations, Serendipity 3 BBQ specials and more from noon to midnight beginning Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4.


  • MUSICAL PERFORMANCE, STUNT AND FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA – On Sunday, July 3, beginning at 8 p.m. live entertainment and special performances will take place on a special stage constructed over the famous Caesars Palace fountains. It is free and open to the public.



As the resort reflects on its many milestones and memories Caesars Palace continues to reinvent and re-imagine, for more information or to book your room for the celebration, visit


27 Jun

Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts have a weekend full of events to celebrate Independence Day, including live performances, pool parties, a corn hole tournament and of course, fireworks. Fourth of July weekend offerings include:

· Award-winning super-producer and musical artist, Timbaland, is set to perform at the GO Pool at Flamingo Las Vegas on Saturday, July 2. DJ Eric Forbes will get things started that day and drink specials include $5 off Coors Light buckets. Cover will start at $10.

· Not only is Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino home to the Strip’s only stand-alone wave machine, the FlowRider, but the pool will be hosting its inaugural Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 2, starting at 1 p.m. For $50, teams of up to four may register for the tournament and included in that fee is one bucket of Miller Coors, two cocktails and a souvenir t-shirt. Up for grabs is not only bragging rights, but also first place will win $2,500, second place will win $1,500 and third place will win $500.

· Leblon Cachaça has embarked on an epic road trip across the United States and Europe in a Leblon Caipi Mobile, leading them to Rio de Janeiro. As part of the 70 city tour, the van will be stopping at The LINQ Promenade, next to TAG Sports Bar, on Friday, July 1 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino’s VooDoo Beach on Saturday, July 2 from noon to 4 p.m. The van will be serving specialty cocktails, hosting hourly raffles and a portion of all proceeds will be donated the Developing Minds Foundation.

· MTN DEW® KICKSTART™ and The LINQ Hotel & Casino continue the MTN DEW KICKSTART Poolside Pre-Game at The POOL at The LINQ, The afternoon-into-early-evening series returns Sunday, July 3, giving guests the opportunity to pre-game poolside. Pool-goers a be able to enjoy video games while relaxing in massage chairs, get a fresh look at the poolside hair stylist and try one of the newest flavors of MTN DEW KICKSTART at the 32-seat bar.

· Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace will be taking over the Spanish Steps at Caesars Palace with a weekend-long BBQ. Menu items will include smoked sliced beef brisket, smoked pulled pork butt, hot link sausage, jalapeno cheddar muffin, apricot coleslaw, cherry cola BBQ sauce, Patriotic Pie Parfait and more.

· As part of Caesars Palace’s 50th Anniversary “Summer of Caesars” celebration, the iconic property will host a block party on Sunday, July 3 with live music, signature cocktails, life-size games and a colossal 13 ½ minute fireworks extravaganza set directly above the hotel’s newly-reimagined Julius Tower.