Vegas quietly pulls 1,000 magicians out of its hat

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On any given day,  you can find a magician or two in just about any Las Vegas hotel. There’s Criss Angel at Luxor. Dirk Arthur at the Tropicana. Lance Burton at Monte Carlo. David Copperfield at the MGM Grand.

And that’s just one intersection of the nearly four miles comprising the Las Vegas Strip.

But over the next few days, more than 1,000 magicians from around the world will descend upon the magic capital of the world for a gathering at the South Point hotel, called Magic Live! The magic conference, organized by Magic magazine, is considered one of the best of its kind.

It is also shrouded in secrecy. Attending magicians did not receive a list of speakers until check-in on Aug. 16, and many performers at the close-up and stage shows go unannounced. The list itself was presented in a sealed envelope putting the choice in the hands of the individual as to whether to be surprised or not. Those who want to be surprised will wear a small, square pin with the word “Shhhhh” on it until the conference ends on Aug. 19.

“We sincerely believe that mystery and surprise is a big part of magic, and a big part of the magic of this unique event,” explains the Magic Live website.

Past conventions have featured appearances from big names like Jason Alexander, Lance Burton, Neil Patrick Harris and Siegfried (of Siegfried & Roy)  as well as many other great performers from the worldwide magic community. Several local magicians, including Penn & Teller, are expected to stop by this year’s conference.

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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