Lance Burton’s birds are lucky ducks

Posted by on May 12th, 2009 and filed under Featured, Shows. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

In his show at the Monte Carlo hotel in Las Vegas, master magician Lance Burton performs several illusions with doves, parakeets, pigeons, ducks, geese and a chicken.

Burton (who recently broke his foot and will return to the stage after June 1) may have hatched this show idea based on personal experience. The first magician he ever saw happened to have white doves in his act.

So does Burton consider these feathered friends, including an adorable baby chicken named Priscilla, as performers or pets?

Turns out, it’s both. After an evening of appearing and disappearing, diverting attention and generally ‘quacking’ up the audience Burton’s birds take their bow then retire to their nest backstage.

“When I first came to Las Vegas I didn’t have that many, just the doves and the parakeet, so I took them back and forth with me every night,” said Burton. “But they kept laying eggs and as the menagerie grew, that became impractical. Now they have their own living quarters at the hotel.”

Looks like Burton’s doves, parakeets, pigeons, ducks, geese and chicken have come home to roost on the Las Vegas Strip.

Aleza Freeman

Yes, I’m from Las Vegas. But I’d like to clarify a few things: I don’t live in a hotel and I’m not a showgirl. I put my pasties on one nipple at a time, just like everyone else. I’m a regular girl who plunges off the side of ridiculously tall Las Vegas landmarks and writes about it for a living. I also ride roller coasters, hang at the spa, shoot holes in zombies and take art lessons from bottlenose dolphins. You know, normal stuff. My career as a journalist and copywriter has led me out of Vegas and around the world, but the 24/7 normality of Las Vegas sucks me back in every time. Am I oblivious to the plethora of slot machines everywhere I go? Sure. But that’s because I’m distracted by all the pretty lights. Follow me on Google+ and Twitter.

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