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Topic: Best Non-Magic Things to do in Vegas
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Dec 7, 2004 10:00PM)
My wife and I will be leaving for Las Vegas this Friday (12/10/05) for 4 nights at the Paris Hotel to celebrate our 15th anniversary!

I have heard about all the great magic shows, etc... but was curious what a bunch of magi thought about the *other* (non-magic) stuff in Las Vegas - places to visit, things to do and see, etc...

I have never been to Vegas, so I really look forward to hearing from you!

Mark
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Dec 7, 2004 10:16PM)
For me, one of the best things to do is to walk around all the casinos.

Also, don't forget to stop outside the Bellagio and see the water show. I believe it starts every 15 minutes.

Another thing. I know you said non-magic, but I just have to remind you to see Mac King's show. It's one of the cheapest, and best shows in Vegas.

Also, go to Circus Circus and visit the Adventure Dome. It's a massive indoor amusement park, with roller coasters, rides, games, etc.

Shane Wiker
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Dec 7, 2004 11:35PM)
Thanks, Shane. I know his reputation, and getting Mac King tickets are the first thing on my "to do" list!
Message: Posted by: Chris Berry (Dec 8, 2004 12:55AM)
Stripclubs?
Message: Posted by: tuffnavyrn (Dec 8, 2004 03:53AM)
Hoover Dam, The Blue Man Group showing at the Luxor are a great start!
Message: Posted by: irossall (Dec 8, 2004 05:20AM)
Can't think of the name of the place (Fly Zone?) it is just off of the strip. You put on a special jumpsuit and go into what looks like a big silo with a large fan built into the floor and you get to "fly" about 20 feet into the air. It is somewhat like skydiving but much safer and cheaper.
Even if you don't want to try it out it is fun to go check out the lobby because there are hundreds of photo's of celeberaties (some Magician's) who frequent the place when they are in town.
I have never participated in this activity but I do know that the price is more than fair and you get a polaroid photo of yourself in flight as part of the cost of flying.
If you want an excellent Buffet check out Sam's Town. You can catch a free shuttle to Sam's Town on the strip. Sam's Town is a favorite of the "Locals" and is a few miles off the strip.
And don't forget to check out "The Fremont Experience" shown nightly on what used to be Fremont street but is now like an enclosed mall. It is at the end of the north part of the strip (where the Horseshoe club is).
I go to Las Vegas once a year and never have enough time in the 4 days that I stay there to do even a little of what Las Vegas has to offer and I hardly ever spend more than $20.00 gambling (which represents about 5 minutes of gambling for me).
I also recommend flying to Las Vegas at night because the city is so beautiful with all the colored lights and I still get a rush of excitement every time I fly in (I ONLY fly in at night).
Enjoy your visit to Las Vegas, Nevada and remember what they say "What happens here, Stays here" :righton:.
Iven :patty:
Message: Posted by: Andini (Dec 8, 2004 06:50AM)
I can't remember what it's called, but there's a street a little bit off the strip with a huge thing overhead that plays a movie or something to music every half hour or so. That was really neat. Be sure to go by that sometime.
Message: Posted by: Shane Wiker (Dec 8, 2004 09:41AM)
Irossal,

You're thinking of Flyaway Indoor Skydiving.

http://www.flyawayindoorskydiving.com/

Andini,

Do you mean Fremont Street? It's an actual street, but they built a huge programmable light roof and created a light show to music.

Shane Wiker
Message: Posted by: sammhoudini (Dec 8, 2004 09:57AM)
If you & your wife like vodka, check out Red Square at the Mandaly Bay. They have a frozen bar area that they serve the drinks on, and some of the most unique vodkas around!
Message: Posted by: saxmangeoff (Dec 8, 2004 10:30AM)
I'll second the Bellagio fountain. It's spectacular.

I'd say skip the Treasure Island pirate battle show. The old one was pretty good. The new one is just stupid.

The Venetian is pretty cool inside. Go back to the "canal shops".

Blue Man Group was mentioned above. I will just comment that, although they are not a magic show, they've made me think more about my magic than Copperfield, Mac King, and many others. They aren't conjuring, but they are magic.

The Cirque du Soleil shows, similarly, are spectacular and magical.

Geoff
Message: Posted by: mentomas (Dec 8, 2004 10:33AM)
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On 2004-12-08 01:55, Chris Berry wrote:
Stripclubs?
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Message: Posted by: Vandy Grift (Dec 8, 2004 11:38AM)
I always make a point to hit Slots A Fun for one of their hot dogs. The thing is like 1/2 or 3/4 pound for $.99 Awesome.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Dec 8, 2004 12:57PM)
Thanks for the kind advice folks!

Strip clubs? On my anniversary? Hmmm.... I'll ask my wife about it and see what she thinks.

NOT! ;^)

Mark
Message: Posted by: MagicAndBlackjack (Dec 8, 2004 10:57PM)
How about............gamble.

Read a book on how to count cards and try it out.

It's not illegal but it does give you a better chance to win money if you bet right.

TJ
Message: Posted by: Partizan (Dec 9, 2004 02:44AM)
Go to a shooting range and fire some automatic weapons! (I recommend about $150 on ammo should do it) This will have you feeling great!
Message: Posted by: tuffnavyrn (Dec 9, 2004 10:01AM)
Glad to hear Blue Man Group got saxmangeoff thinking about his magic. We often find ourselves wondering things like....how can we better deliver the effect, patter, movement, timing, etc. and do all of this while keeping the audiences full attention. Ponder this if you ever see the Blue Guys.....they have no facial expression, no voices and wear only black.....they're eyes speak volumes and their music and motions are gripping. Think about it!
Message: Posted by: Chris Berry (Dec 9, 2004 11:41AM)
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On 2004-12-08 13:57, Chessmann wrote:
Thanks for the kind advice folks!

Strip clubs? On my anniversary? Hmmm.... I'll ask my wife about it and see what she thinks.

NOT! ;^)

Mark
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Well...it just might make the night a bit more interesting when you two leave... ;)
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (Dec 9, 2004 01:10PM)
Here's a few of the less obvious non-magic things to do in Vegas:

1) Make sure you pick up one of the free "What's On" magazines (or Showbiz or 24/7 or so on), so you can always have a great overview of just what there is to do during your trip. Start your planning now at sites like [url=http://www.vegas.com/]Vegas.com[/url].

2) See "Air Play" and the bird show, both of which are free at the Tropicana.

3) If you have a favorite performer who is in town while you're here, make sure you get tickets to their show!

4) If you like Rodeo, we've got the [url=http://www.vegas.com/nfr/?vc1=1&vc2=cal_txt_120]National Finals Rodeo[/url] here in Las Vegas through Dec. 12th! Be prepared to see lots of cowboy hats through Sunday.

5) Check out the new Hawaiian Marketplace. This a new shopping area with Hawaiian-themed restaurants, stores and entertainment.

6) Check out Fashion Show mall. They're just finishing up an expansion of over 1 million square feet (including one of my favorite food courts in Vegas), and they have fashion shows that appear out of nowhere every hour on the hour.

7) For a really great dinner, try eating at any one of the "spice rack" restaurants. The "spice rack" is a row of three nice (and somewhat expensive) restaurants, all owned by spice comanies (Lawry's, McCormick & Schmick, Morton's). They're east of the Strip on Flamingo & Paradise. My personal favorite is the mouth-watering prime rib at Lawry's (Lawry's is mainly prime rib, but they do it VERY well!).

8) If either of you are Trek fans, don't miss Star Trek: The Experience at the Hilton. The experience itself is very submersive and engaging!

9) Since this is your anniversary, you shouldn't leave Las Vegas without a gondola ride at the Venetian.

10) Check out the newly-expanded Caesars Palace, including the new 3-story addition to the Forum Shops. Even if you've been to Caesars before, you won't recognize the place now. (The saddest attraction at Casesars? Caesar's Magical Empire is now merely the best-dressed stockroom on the strip. If you enter through the shrine, you can see the remnants of the Magical Empire).

As far as the earlier Sam's Town recommendation goes, though, I'm going to discourage you from doing that. I won't go into why publicly (PM me if you want details), but I avoid Sam's Town like the plague.
Message: Posted by: M. Perk (Dec 9, 2004 07:56PM)
The Rio has a Mardi Gras type show in the Casino 6 times a day. The Buffet there is rated among the best in Vegas. The Mirage has a White Tiger exibit, and don't forget the Volcano. One of my favorite places to loose money is at the Imperial Palace Hotel next to Harrah's. They have an Auto Collection exibit and a terriffic Legends in Concert show. If you go to the casino before the show your will see look alike celebrities dealing blackjack(Cher, Dolly Parton, Little Richard among a few). They also have a party pit where they have a champaign fountain at the blackjack tables. If you have the stamina, I would suggest to walk the strip and visit each hotel. BTW, Paris Hotel is beautiful.
Message: Posted by: saxmangeoff (Dec 10, 2004 09:34AM)
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On 2004-12-09 11:01, tuffnavyrn wrote:
Glad to hear Blue Man Group got saxmangeoff thinking about his magic. We often find ourselves wondering things like....how can we better deliver the effect, patter, movement, timing, etc. and do all of this while keeping the audiences full attention. Ponder this if you ever see the Blue Guys.....they have no facial expression, no voices and wear only black.....they're eyes speak volumes and their music and motions are gripping. Think about it!
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Absolutely. You perfectly described what is great about Blue Man Group.

I think a big part of it is characterization. I still have no idea what a Blue Man actually is, but I wouldn't be surprised by what he would do. They have developed very strong characters, and they stay in character through the show.

Blue Man Group strengthened my belief that it is the character or persona (and the ability of the performer to sell that persona) that matters most. If you get that right, you will have an entertaining show. If you don't, you probably won't.

Geoff
Message: Posted by: drwilson (Dec 13, 2004 03:54PM)
I am surprised that no one has mentioned Cirque du Soleil. I have seen [url=http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/tickets/resident/mystere/default.htm]Mystere[/url] several times. There is also [url=http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/tickets/resident/o/default.htm]O[/url] and now [url=http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/KA/main.htm?goTo=tickets]Ka[/url].

Yours,

Paul
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Dec 15, 2004 01:11PM)
OK, got back, quick trip report....

Saw:

Mac King (great)

Got half price offer to see Rick Thomas (magic) at the Tropicana. He was ok; his manner and personality onstage didn't come across very well, plus I do not prefer "cabinets, birds, lions and doves", but he was a good technician and his linking rings were *beautiful*.

Mystere - boring. The performers were technically superb, but too much fluff and not well tied together. Stuff I've seen for a long time simply put into an avant garde package. The man-baby was good....for about 5 minutes(ugh). YMMV.

Denny and Lees - couldn't believe how *small* the place was. But had an enjoyable talk with the man behind the counter. When he showed me the $250 Proline Linking Rings my wife looked at them and said, "So THAT'S how you do that!" :^0

Mark
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Dec 15, 2004 01:33PM)
Gamble, drink, then gamble some more.
Message: Posted by: hoodrat (Dec 16, 2004 02:45AM)
The Liberace Museum is a must-see! I hope you saw it!!
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Dec 16, 2004 08:01PM)
Drove by it, but didn't have time to stop! Maybe next time.
Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (Dec 17, 2004 05:40PM)
Anytime anyone wants to talk about gambling and house advantage...let me know. I worked a number of years observing and protecting table games and will discuss any aspect of the adventure with anyone.

Be prepared. That's a good motto.