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Topic: Just herd that Lance Burton Show is closing!
Message: Posted by: TaylorReed (Apr 4, 2010 09:14AM)
I hope this is a joke and untrue, but I was told that they are closing the show..
I love Lance Burtons Show and think that he's one of the greatest guys in magic.

I have a close Vegas friend entertainer that called me with the news late last night.
He said this would be all over the news soon..

Lance is a champ and will work again if he chooses to...

Message: Posted by: nabil (Apr 4, 2010 09:53AM)
Really hope that's not true. If it is, I hope Lance gets something really soon that he's happy with.

Taylor your so right, Lance is one of the greatest guys.

One time when I about to park behind the resort, I saw a lady's car broken down right in front of his backstage entrance, and the lady was looking confused under the hood. By the time I parked and walked back, Lance was under the hood going to work on it! And he had a show in a few hours!

That was one of many great experiences driving up from SoCal to see shows. Had a couple non-magician friends with me on that trip, and I remember fondly as they went totally nuts during the dove act, and experienced true astonishment many times in the show.

I had only met Lance briefly on a few occasions, and he had asked nice questions each time. Like many kids, I had told him how inspirational he was to me. During the meet and greet after this particular show, as my friends and I came up to get autographs and say hi, he greeted me with, "Nabil! Are these your friends from Redlands?" I just couldn't believe he could remember some wanna be magician kid's name and where he was from. He must have met a whole bunch of those every single day.

By the way, just a few moments earlier, a little kid in front of us in line said to Lance, "I'm a magician too! Look at this!" And the kid did a single backpalm card production. Lance went totally nuts like it was the greatest thing he'd ever seen.

Anyways, I'm sure you guys have seen the same kind of thing with Lance. He's just the best. :)
Message: Posted by: gulamerian (Apr 4, 2010 12:25PM)
I read the same on The Magic Wire.
Message: Posted by: ricker (Apr 4, 2010 12:27PM)
Lance mentioned something a few weeks back on a streetofcards.tv about doing some catfish fishing. He's 50, like me, and has been doing this a long time.

My guess is he'll take some time off, then start touring.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Apr 4, 2010 01:55PM)
Lance is one of the "good guys"...

Every year, during the World Magic Seminar, in addition to sponsoring the competitions for the kids, he hosts about 50-plus teens to a huge Pizza Party at his house, and folks like Johnny Thompson, Mac King, Siegfried, Criss Angle, Fielding West, Jeff McBride, Eugene Burgre, and others all come and SESSION WITH THE KIDS ALL AFTERNOON.
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Apr 4, 2010 02:00PM)
Seems a no-brainer for him to relocate to another Vegas venue if doesn't decide to tour or retire.
Message: Posted by: RSD (Apr 4, 2010 02:07PM)
Lance is leaving the Monte Carlo after they asked him to make some budget cuts. He said he wouldnt do that so he left - under his own terms. I'm sure he will land somewhere else on the strip. However, this is all very indicative of the Vegas market right no? Dirk Arthur gone, Steve Wyrick gone, Casanova closing before he even opened, and now Lance.

Official announcement Monday.
Message: Posted by: MattMagician (Apr 4, 2010 02:34PM)
I was one of those 50 teens at his house and I really hope that his show doesn't close. He has been my inspiration for as long as I can remember and I really hope he can continue for at least a few more years...
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Apr 4, 2010 03:41PM)
Lance is one of the classiest guys in magic. I have known him for years. I first met him with his first mentor, Harry Collins. He never forgot where he came from or what it was like to be starting.

Will Lance tour? Who knows. He has worked very, very hard for a lot of years. Unlike many sports celebrities, I think he has watched his money carefully and how much is enough. What is the point of killing yourself just to make some more money when you have enough.

Lance will be in the envious position of being able to work when he wants to. He has earned to time to go fishing many times over.

Message: Posted by: w_s_anderson (Apr 4, 2010 03:52PM)

I was about to post that I recently read that he had signed a contract taking him through 2015. Then I googled it and found this. Apparently they are ending it 5 years early. This sucks!
Message: Posted by: Crispy (Apr 4, 2010 03:56PM)
The following was posted on tricks.com. Wonder what he will have to pay to get out of the contract? But I completely understand if he is taking the high road and choosing to leave on his own terms instead of agree to the budget cuts for the show. I agree with what other have said about Lance being one of the good guys. He has never missed a show, and has even performed when ill. On the few days a year he does get off, he perform volunteer shows for things like Crusade for Children and fundraiser shows.


>>>Tricks has heard from multiple sources that Las Vegas legend Lance Burton is closing his Monte Carlo show. Memorial Day, according to sources, will be his last day in the casino that gave him the deal which is still used a measuring stick for magic performers to this day.

Lance signed a new six year deal at the Monte Carlo in June of last year.

Tricks has also learned that Burton is looking to keep the show running, but where will he land?<<<
Message: Posted by: ricker (Apr 4, 2010 05:07PM)
Wonder if he'll look at Branson? It's closer to home and would make sense.
Message: Posted by: TaylorReed (Apr 4, 2010 05:26PM)
I'm sure he will stay in Vegas. That is home for him for many years and all.
He will have no problem getting a new place... He's one of the Greats of our time.
Branson would be a real downer for him and anyone for that matter...
Branson is pretty slow at this point. I'm sure Vegas is also slower than normal, but Vegas is better than Branson even in bad times only if your working.. The numbers are still larger than Branson.... It's even hard for me to live in Branson and enjoy it after living in Vegas for many years...But Vegas is a bad place to be if your not living your dream, that's why I moved..... (But I truely love Vegas)

I wish Lance the best on what ever he does.

Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (Apr 4, 2010 05:30PM)
Wow- good luck to Lance...
Message: Posted by: MattMagician (Apr 4, 2010 05:40PM)
Well if his show is really closing that's a bummer but I guess that's pretty good for him.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Solar (Apr 4, 2010 07:30PM)
I wouldn't think that Lance is the one to loose by leaving. I'm sure they are having to pay him to break the new contract early. By all accounts, Vegas is a done deal. People are in no position to continue to fork out $75 to $100 per seat anymore period. The larger casino/ theatre complexes know this and will probably split the theater into two showrooms. He got out alive with all his earnings, that counts.

Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Apr 4, 2010 09:13PM)
Lance stays through Labor Day. The Casino wanted him to fire his help and hire cheaper folks and he told 'em NO WAY.
Message: Posted by: Crispy (Apr 5, 2010 01:28AM)
Good for him !
Message: Posted by: Chezaday (Apr 5, 2010 01:38AM)
Now they're all out of work .. does that make sense?

Who knows .. that could very well be the situation. Hopefully they will be able to move the show and keep everyone involved employed. I'm sure Lance has got money in the bank .. but, the dancers and the crew will be the ones most affected.

Just another sign of the times ..

Message: Posted by: noble1 (Apr 5, 2010 01:39AM)
Lance is a stand up guy.
Message: Posted by: Kent Wong (Apr 5, 2010 10:03AM)
When I was there this last Christmas, I was told that his magic shop at the casino would be closing to make room for another bar. Maybe that was the writing on the wall. But if it was, it didn't make much sense. The show I went to was completely sold out and everyone had a fantastic time. The fact is, the Lance Burton show sells out night after night. This is a risk-free winner for anyone who only has enough time/money to see one really good show. With a proven success like this, Lance shouldn't have any trouble finding a new home.

Message: Posted by: LeeAlex2002 (Apr 5, 2010 11:02AM)
We can't loose another icon on the Strip!

Lance - you have to find another home.

Let the magic continue!
Message: Posted by: Lothar (Apr 5, 2010 12:21PM)
I first saw Lance perform when I was 4 or 5, at my church. He was still in high school (which also happened to be down the street from our church. Now I wish I hadn't been shy and hid from him in the church kitchen.
Message: Posted by: gulamerian (Apr 5, 2010 01:33PM)
Unfortunately it has nothing to with Lance being a good guy or a great magician. If management feels the show is too expensive then the show goes. It all comes down to the dollar.
Message: Posted by: haywire (Apr 5, 2010 02:11PM)
Yes that's business, after selling out his show night after night for years and years and years... They repay him like this. They will probably demolish that beautiful theatre to put in an expresso Café or bar if they think they will make them 10$ more a week. Sharks...
Message: Posted by: ricker (Apr 5, 2010 02:52PM)
Steve, they would have been out of work anyway. I think Lance has something up his sleeve for the future and Im sure he's worked out severace pay for all of them.

Maybe he needs to move to Fla and one of the disney parks. Wouldnt that be something. Orlando is up and coming in magic and having Lance would be a major thing.
Message: Posted by: LeeAlex2002 (Apr 5, 2010 05:44PM)

The latest news on Magic Newswire - unfortunately it is now official...
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Apr 5, 2010 06:50PM)
I just saw him a few weeks back in Vegas. Both Lance and his assistant Eta-Lyn are FANTASTIC people, and he's a real treat to talk to. I feel fortunate I've been able to meet with him on a few occasions.
Message: Posted by: jbz (Apr 5, 2010 06:59PM)
On 2010-04-05 18:44, LeeAlex2002 wrote:

The latest news on Magic Newswire - unfortunately it is now official...
Wow... that's sad. I really enjoyed his shows.
Message: Posted by: TaylorReed (Apr 5, 2010 08:38PM)
On Lance's site it says .... On Oct 12 for the first time ever there will be a show after the Lance show... The guys name is Frank Caliendo (impressionist)
He performs five days a week... I also looked at his site.. He signed a 10yr deal with Monte Carlo. Then I heard that they turned Lance's gift shop into a bar a while back...
Six months of sharing the stage with another show when it's Lance's Theater..
Looks like the Monte Carlo has been up to no good...

Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Apr 5, 2010 09:37PM)
Yeah, the shop was closed last time I was there, though nothing else was in the space yet. I've contacted his assistant and told her they need to find a new home quickly, so I'm sure they're on the ball now. You're welcome, everybody.
Message: Posted by: sb (Apr 5, 2010 09:45PM)
I like Frank Caliendo (he's the guy who does John Madden). A long time ago, Frank was doing open mic nights in Milwaukee. I got to do a few sets with him.

Lance is in a position to do what ever he wants. If he wants to find a deal, he'll find one. If he wants to retire, he'll retire. He had an awesome run, congrats to him!

Message: Posted by: RSD (Apr 6, 2010 12:18AM)
Yes its sad that the Lance is moving on. However, we cant be bad-mouthing the Monte-Carlo. For years they have co-produced Lance's show. They absorbed a lot of the cost and enabled him to do such a long run in the first place. This is almost unheard of in Vegas, especially when Lance first started at Monte Carlo. MGM (MC owners) really do support magic well with DC and Lance both being on the same owned properties and practically right across the street from each other. Yes its also sad that his workers will get laid off too, but there are getting 4 months notice. In this economy it could be much worse. Lets not be angry about this, but lets celebrate the fact that Lance has done amazing stuff on the strip and has been a great role model for us all! Cheers Lance!
Message: Posted by: revlovejoy (Apr 6, 2010 03:43PM)
When I went to Vegas with my wife, I saw two magic shows. P&T by myself, since she HATES Penn. We went to Lance's show together. She suffers the same fate as many part-time magicians' wives, but she really likes Lance Burton. If he tours, she'll probably know about tickets before me. If in some strange twist of fate he would tour with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I would never see her again.
Message: Posted by: Silvio (Apr 6, 2010 06:00PM)
I'm feeling quite sad that Lance is ending his run prematurely. Vegas must be hurting real bad.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Apr 6, 2010 06:59PM)
Yeah. The whole things reeks of a fishy smell if you ask me.

But I agree that Lance can write his own ticket wherever he decides to go. What Monte Carlo doesn't want, someone else will be GLAD to take off of their hands. Lance wins, Monte Carlo loses. Personally, I think they are shooting themselves in the foot. But, stupid is as as stupid does.

And Lance's refusal to fire everyone and go cheaper demonstrates his true class and his priority to not compromise on quality, because we all know you get what you pay for. Cheaper labor usually always comes out in inferior results. The show/performance would go downhill and Lance is simply not going to have it.

I wish we all could have that attitude.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Apr 6, 2010 07:25PM)
I don't think we'll be without him for good. I emailed his assistant last night and he response included the following:
"Lance's closing here at the Monte Carlo is just the end of one journey. We look forward to the new adventure that is ahead for us."
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Apr 7, 2010 10:41AM)
FYI. In Lance's original contract there was a clause that the company (Monte Carlo owner) could not put another magician in a show on their property without Lance's permission.

The MGM, Luxor, and the Monte Carlo are all owned by the same company. Obviously, the previous clause does not exist.

Lance has earned a retirement, if he wants. Remember Channing Pollack was one of his mentors and he walked away from it all when he could. Lance may decide enough is enough.

Message: Posted by: jimbomona (Apr 8, 2010 07:53PM)
I just saw his show 2 weeks ago! My girlfriend wants to go back, I had to break the bad news to her......I hope he ends up somewhere else on the strip.
Message: Posted by: dsilverfield (Apr 9, 2010 01:19PM)
Ironically I just watched Lance's act on world magic awards a while ago and thought " that's a magician who truly respects his paying audience"
Like others before me have said he has rightfully earned retirement.
Long live Lance's fame and lets hope to see more of him soon
Message: Posted by: cairo (Apr 9, 2010 01:21PM)
Any word yet on what he'll do next?
Message: Posted by: sb (Apr 30, 2010 01:01PM)
He was on Craig Ferguson last night.

Did the "vanishing birdcage", to times?

Message: Posted by: noble1 (Apr 30, 2010 01:07PM)
Two times? Yep that's the classic version as done by Blackstone Sr. Blackstone Jr. and others.
Message: Posted by: Servante (Apr 30, 2010 02:53PM)
He got four women up onstage with him and had them cover the birdcage the second time he did it, so that it was completely out of sight...then vanished.
I did note that he said, right before it went, "Keep your fingers out of the cage. He bites."