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Well, as might be expected I just heard that his show will be closing on December 8th, so any of you who want to see it you better do it quickly.
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Too bad, any cited reason? That will be about 6 months.

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I think that was all the run was slated for.
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Couldn't have seen that coming!!! Lasted longer then others though.

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I have not heard any reasons for it closing but if their contract was up and they are not pulling the numbers they need then that would be one reason. I heard from some friends that are involved that their numbers are pretty low. Plus, they are paying out 1 million a month to Pam Anderson, and that is a pretty big nut to crack every month.
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Actually I heard the original run was for only 3 months with Pam being paid $3M for her appearance, plus the use of a private jet and a penthouse suite for the length of the contract. The contract was then extended an extra three months to run through December.

One of the reasons why the run was to end then was Hans had dates already booked in Europe in December and had to fulfill those obligations. I'm sure El Rafeal could fill us in if there were any details available.

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I've not seen Hans Klok's show... I don't know anything about him as a performer.

I do however think that Pam Anderson probably hurt him more than she helped. Not that she had a sterling reputation to begin with, but she's been in the news for some pretty off-color stuff recently.

She went from giving "favors" to pay off a poker debt to marrying the guy who was in that Paris Hilton "video".

I suspect even the best performer, even in Vegas, would have trouble overcoming that kind of stigma...
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Actually.. I think Pam helped Hans Klok. He's pretty much a nobody in the US media and, with her, managed to make it on shows like Good Morning America, Ellen, Conan O'brien.. I think even Leno. Without Pam, be would have been opening in Vegas without any national fanfare and would just have been the new guy on the strip for a short 6 week run. I think she was certainly a step up from Carmen Electra as regards the national media. Had she truly hurt the show she would have been axed prior to the contract extension to save the production money.

Now Hans Klok can return to Vegas as a headliner himself another time. But remember, he doesn't necessarily need Vegas to attract crowds. This guy is huge in Europe. He is constantly touring. I remember being in Munich in 2004 and there were posters everywhere for him.
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I recently saw the Klok show.

The theatre was HUGE and 50% is a lot of people. Its a huge production with some amazing lighting and theatrical effects. It was one of the better shows I saw but did have a few things that made me scratch my head. There are two large projection screens on either side of the stage. Hans does some card manip and other small effects like a floating rose routine. These effects are LOST on the audience because they are dwarfed by the stage. Why wouldn't they use these screens to show these effects better?

Pamela and the stupid sex jokes laid the biggest egg I have ever seen on stage. Nobody thought they were funny. Pamela was a joke and may have lent some fame to the show but no beauty or talent. The woman playing the evil temptress was much sexier and she was fully clothed.

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Ouch Tim that was a little harsh on our Canadian princess now wasnt it?
I for one believe that Klok will now return to europe ad be even bigger then ever he probably will have a movie about his vegas run and his career will skyrocket thanks to Pammy j/k . smart people in his camp forsure
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On 2007-11-12 13:36, Johnnie Blaze wrote:
Ouch Tim that was a little harsh on our Canadian princess now wasnt it?
I for one believe that Klok will now return to europe ad be even bigger then ever he probably will have a movie about his vegas run and his career will skyrocket thanks to Pammy j/k . smart people in his camp forsure
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Hi John,

Actually Pam is now American as well so Canada can't lay right to her exclusively. LOL

I think the famous name was good for the shows promotion and will benefit Hans but I'm telling you man... she dragged the show down. The audience agreed with me. I forgot to mention.. she exposed the vanishing flower pot by describing how it worked to the audience as part of her spiel. Here role was mostly standing on stage saying corny jokes to Hans like Cher used to do to Sonny Bono. (but Chers were funny..LOL)

A volunteer from the audience easily topped here spiel. When he came on stage Hans said..." You know Miss Anderson don't you?" and his response was " Only from the videos" and the audience erupted in laughter.

Her lines seemed really scripted and were delivered poorly. She looked trashy and cheap rather than sexy or classy. Even her costume was poor.

The rest of the show had great production value in it. It was half broadway and half a magic show. There was an evil temptress in it similar to the evil queen in the S&R show and she was beautiful, dramatic and sexy.

I enjoyed the show as did all who attended with me. I agree Pam gave it PR attention but with that said .. she did nothing for its word of mouth. We both know that you can spend lots of money on promotion but word of mouth is ultimately going to save you or kill you.

Hans was great and I'm sure he walk away a winner. I doubt you'll see anyone else hire Pam for their magic show. LOL

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Tim
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If this is closeing it confirms there is a god...
Anyone want to buy a used wind-machine <grin>.

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Hi Walt,

The wind seems to be one of Hans' signature things. When you walk into the theatre a wind machine blows your hair.

Its a shame this show is closing as I thought it was good other than the issues I mentioned earlier. My favorite was Hans doing his famous spiker routine. It was fantastic to see that signature piece done and it played well with the audience also.

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Tim
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I agree with Tim about the lame sex jokes etc... Pamela's presence could have used in a much more productive way.

I saw the show about a month and a half ago...I couldn't get over how many illusions Hans BURNED through during the whole production. However, it seemed to fit his high-energy style. Although, I couldn't help thinking to myself "I think that effect might play stronger if it were just slowed down...and perhaps given a better verbal build-up."

But that would probably not work best for Hans (who incidentally, had a better grasp of the language than I was expecting.).....At least he's better than Wyrick.

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Here you can see his blowing hair. Smile

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On 2007-11-12 21:16, laci200 wrote:
Here you can see his blowing hair. Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3Dt2IqcoNk


For some reason his hair thing bothers me. Must be jealousy.
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The audience volunteer that says "Only from the videos" to Pamela says that at every performance.

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I perform my manipulation act every day literally in the same building that Hans Klok's show runs in. I have seen the show twice and have been exposed to it's marketing virtually every day of my life since the show opened. I do know that the show was only slated to run for a predetermined length of time. The fact that it's closing just means that the time is up. Hans had a number of huge obstacles to contend with from the very beginning. Number one is no name recognition. Huge problem in today's age. Solution: Pamela Anderson. I think this was actually genius. Here you have an act without celebrity combining with a celebrity without an act. It definately raised the profile of the show almost immediately. I've talked to people involved with the show and they told me that even though Pam might be attracting eyes to the show people weren't necessarily buying tickets because of her. Which I take as a good sign that people, in the end, wanted to see a new magic show not just 38EEs. The second big problem of the show is the size of the house. When the Theatre for Performing Arts was first built at the old Aladdin I believe it was the largest theatre in the entire world. It was the only thing left untouched when the casino was imploded to make way for the new Aladdin and eventually the Planet Hollywood. It holds somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,600 seats! I'm sorry, but David Copperfield would even feel a little daunted by trying to fill a room that size. Even though they block off a few sections it is still a lot of distance to bridge between you and your audience. That being said I feel he did it as about as good as you could in that situation. The last and probably the most glaring problem is that the show never quite knew what it wanted to be. If you've seen the show you know what I'm talking about. There are about three different storylines running at the same time during the show and it never really committed to any of them. In the same vein I thought his effect selection was definately his weakest link. I had non-magician friends who saw the show all ask me 'Why did he do the same trick four times' refering to the fact that he did essentially four different versions of metamorphosis.

All of the negative things aside I actually enjoyed the show. He didn't really do anything that new for magic but who cares? Everything he did perform was presented in a technically perfect manner. His card manips were pretty tight, although a little rushed and forced. His 'witty' banter between he and Pam is kind of endearing at times but painfully flat at others. His dancers were incredible. The team he's surrounded himself with really is top notch. Everybody really knows what they're doing. Right down to his graphic design person (his ads I think are fantastic). At the end of the day...you like him. Even through all of his hair poses and thick accent you are genuinely rooting for the guy. He's a good looking guy and has a definate presence when he's on stage. We've talked on a number of occasions and he really is one of the nicest guys in this business I know. Personally I think magic will be moving in a new direction soon and he kind of represents the last of the big flashy over-the-top illusionists. With so much money behind him I was really hoping for something a little more...inspired. I wish him all the luck in the world.
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Great post MagicMax!
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Isn't that wonderful..not only is the Delage's Fastest Trick ripped off but it is exposed.

The publicity Hans has generated from this will serve him very well in the years to come.

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