MASTER CHEF ROLAND LEVI & MAGIC SENSATION STEVE DACRI
COMBINE FINE DINING AND "IMPOSSIBLE MAGIC" AT SIX TABLES RESTAURANT IN LAS VEGAS
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An unforgettable evening of incredible dining and the most exclusive magic show in Vegas, "IMPOSSIBLE MAGIC," debuts Saturday May 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the elegant, upscale restaurant, SIX TABLES, 2110 North Rampart in Vegas (minutes from the Strip). After dinner, the world's greatest sleight-of-hand artist, 2008 International Close-up Magician of the Year, Steve Dacri, presents the rarest form of magic before your eyes, "in your face and under your nose" in an intimate, elegant atmosphere.
In this unique restaurant there are literally only six tables! The guest count is limited to no more than 30 people, and the evening includes a tantalizing six-course gourmet meal (with your choice of up to 5 main courses), prepared by world-renowned Master Chef Roland Levi from Belgium. After your palette is deliciously satisfied from soup to dessert, the magic happens up very close as Steve presents a command performance of the world's finest sleight of hand for a tantalizing, mesmerizing evening. At $300 per person (plus tax) it is the highest priced ticket in Las Vegas. Com.plimentary champagne and port wine. Excellent wine and beer list available
And just because you are watching up close, you'd think you'd be able to "catch" him. Think again. Dacri is known worldwide for his brilliant close-up magic; Regis calls him "the fastest hands in the world." Johnny Carson, a connoisseur of the art of magic once said about Steve, "fantastic; the best magician I've ever seen." Merv always said, "He makes me so angry, I just can't see how it happens right under my nose!"
"IMPOSSIBLE MAGIC" is magic like most have never seen it performed. Full of laughs, surprises, audience participation and unexplainable illusions, "IMPOSSIBLE MAGIC" is presented in the Six Tables Restaurant on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Tickets priced at $300 (plus tax & gratuity) include champagne and port wine, a gourmet six-course meal (choice of up to 5 main courses) followed by the close-up magic performance. Tickets may be purchased at vegas.com at any of their ticket locations or on their website, www.vegas.com or at www.stevedacri.com or the Six Tables Restaurant, 2110 North Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89128, (702) 256-2060.
An International stage and television performer with unique magical talent and outrageous comic style, Dacri has been appearing in Las Vegas since the early 1970's, opening for Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Tony Orlando, Steve Martin, Charo and others. He spent six years headlining at Caesars Magical Empire at Caesar's Palace, and has most recently starred in his own show at The Orleans, followed by the Flamingo and Imperial Palace with his trademark type of magic called "Xtreme Close-up." Says Steve, "I am delighted to be working with Chef Roland and Six Tables restaurant to bring this very different type of magic show to Las Vegas. The intimate dining room is perfect for viewing close-up magic because the audience is limited to 30 seats. It will be a fabulous treat in every way from the ambience of the room and incredible food, to the IMPOSSIBLE MAGIC."
Steve's road to Las Vegas and prominence began in Worcester, Massachusetts when he was six. His parents gave him a Mandrake the Magician magic set, the bug bit him, and he's been practicing, inventing and performing magic ever since. "I grew up watching Red Skelton, Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges, The Amazing Ballantine and Jackie Gleason. " I always knew I wanted to be able to entertain people like they did," says Steve. Their influence can be seen in Steve's comedic style and his ability to effortlessly make people laugh. By the age of eight, Steve was performing magic at family gatherings, at Boy Scout banquets, school assemblies, church functions and birthday parties. At 15, he added night clubs, state fairs and company parties to the mix.
Today he is in demand all over the world, from celebrity events, private parties for Royalty and presidents and at corporate events for Fortune 500 clients. After an illustrious career spanning over 30 years as a multitalented performer on TV, in top clubs and resorts, cruise ships and such prestigious venues as Radio City Music Hall and the Casino de Monte Carlo, Steve was awarded the MERLIN, the equivalent of an Oscar in the magic world, naming him the 2008 International Close-up Magician of the Year. The Merlin is given each year by the International Magicians Society, the world's largest magic organization. Previous Merlin recipients include Siegfried & Roy, Doug Henning, David Copperfield and Chris Angel, among others.
Dacri has blown audiences away with his skills on the "Tonight Show," "Merv Griffin," "Live with Regis Philbin," "Candid Camera," "Dinah Shore," "That's Incredible," "Dick Cavett Show," "Good Morning America," "Evening at the Improv," "thirtysomething," and hundreds of other television appearances during his 30-plus year career. . He also produced and starred in "Magic Notebook" and 26 episodes of the syndicated television variety series "Magical Mystery Tour." Years ago on television with the legendary Joey Bishop, Joey remarked, "Steve is uncanny, I sit right next to him and I still have no idea how he does this stuff…a real artist." Steve is currently seen in infomercials on television offering his latest multi-volume series, "Magic Secrets from Around the World."
During his lifelong magic career, Steve befriended some of the legendary greats in the world of close-up magic at an early age and spent years studying with many of them. Steve comments, "My instruction came from the truly great sleight-of-hand artists in the world, such as my friends Tony Slydini, "the Professor" Dai Vernon, and Frank Garcia. They trained me to make close-up magic the focus of my work. Everything I do is influenced by them." Considered to be the world's foremost sleight of hand entertainer by his peers, Dacri's uncanny magic defies belief and has earned him numerous awards and accolades worldwide from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians, and the National College Association of America. He was nominated for a magic academy award for his performance at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California where he has been a favorite performer since 1973. In 2002, he was awarded the highest honors ever bestowed in magic with the "Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star" by The Magic Circle in London.
After studying acting in Hollywood with Lee Strasberg and Larry Parke for seven years, Steve enjoyed a brief acting career, with dramatic appearances on "Quincy," "The Fall Guy," "Cover Up," and some best forgotten plays. In the Troma Studios film, "Monster in the Closet," Steve plays the nervous and nosy reporter (Clark Kent) alongside Claude Atkins, Howard Duff and Henry Gibson.
In 1985 Steve produced "Magic Secrets," the first instructional magic video for the general public. This was followed by "Magic Party Show." Together these two titles have sold over 150,000 copies to date and their re-release this year has been met with wild enthusiasm. He is also a prolific writer and director, with an impressive collection of commercials (Diet Coke, Ford) and television shows (Bounty Hunters, Fox Comedy Special) to his credit. He also has numerous best-selling DVD programs that teach magicians his secrets, and most magic shops carry his popular "Sponge Ball ToolBox DVD kit" which teaches magic to beginners and aspiring magicians of all ages.
Called "the fastest hands in the world" by none other than Regis Philbin, his world famous "Martians" (sponge balls) have appeared in the hands of thousands of people, from celebrities and sports figures, to movie stars and presidents. Steve Dacri has come a long way since Milton Berle praised him on television ("The best I've ever seen") and Bob Hope called him "my favorite magician." He's one magician who keeps inventing new ways of entertaining audiences. . . just like magic.
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ABOUT SIX TABLES RESTAURANT
Six Tables Las Vegas is the fifth restaurant in the unique chain founded by Chef Roland and his wife Gail; the other four are on the East coast. Each features fine dining with a six-course meal, served on fine china, with crystal glassware and elegant surroundings. Winner of numerous awards and a native of Belgium, Chef Roland Levi personally selects the fresh ingredients and prepares the food nightly here in Six Tables Las Vegas. He did his culinary training in Brussels at the Ecole Culinaire des Arts et Metiers. Gail and Roland have worked in the food industry as personal Chefs for the past 15 years, two of which they spent working for Ms. Brooke Astor in New York City. During their career, they have had the distinction of serving Lee Iacocca, Tip O'Neill, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana (in the Hamptons), and several former US Presidents among a long list of distinguished others. Visit their web site: www.sixtables.com
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Select the date of the performance you would like to attend. A confirmation will be sent to you, which you will bring to the Six Tables Restaurant for your guaranteed seat. If the performance you select is sold out, your credit card will NOT be charged and we will notify you if you shoudl consider another date.
The ticket includes a complete dinner, with your choice of up to 5 main courses. Complimetary champagne starts the evening, and a complimentary cheese plate and port wine is also included. Beer and wine are avaliable for purchase, with an excellent wine list personally selected by Chef Roland Levi.
Food tax and gratuity will be collected at the restaurant.
Please be prompt. Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp. Magic show follows. Ends at 9:30 p.m.
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(LAS VEGAS) -
Each year the International Magicians Society gives out their MERLIN awards. Considered the Oscar of the magic world, past winners read like the who's who of magic, with Siegfried & Roy, David Copperfield and Chris Angel among previous winners.
It is with great happiness that I report my recent inclusion in that rare group of performers, as I was awarded the Merlin for 2008 International Close-up Magician of the Year.
I am touched to be so honored, and you can see a photo and read all about it in my blog here.
ROCK AND ROLL - 3 DOG NIGHT-STYLE
Spent another totally enjoyable night at the Club inside the Cannery Casino, the all-time best place to see a concert in Vegas. They are lmited by their size, which means they can't get the big name acts all the time, but they have hit a niche with an assortment of great musical stars from the past, legends such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Turtles, Herman's Hermits, and other British Invasion icons.
For those who don't know such things, Chuck Negron has been called one of the greatest and most dintinctive voices in rock.
Entertainment Director Kathy Spehar told me when she first booked Chuck Negron a few years back, she charged $5 at the door and nobody knew who the heck he was.
Back in 1971, Chuck teamed up with Danny Hutton and Cory what's his name and formed Three Dog Night. They went on to become huge stars all over the world, and many of their hits continue to be popular with a new generation.
As happens with rock bands sometimes (a lot of times) they split up and various members form their own versions of the original band.
The Beach Boys come to mind, and last count, there were 3 official Beach Boys groups out there, the one called The Beach Boys which only retains original member Mike Love, who was awarded the rights to the group name, which seems insane considering the brains behind the Beach Boys is Brian Wilson, and he can't call his band the Beach Boys. Then there's original member Al Jardine (coming to town this weekend, I'll be there in Hawaiian gear) and his band.
Three Dog Night has 2 versions. Two of the three members tour as Three Dog Night, and Chuck Negron tours as Chuck Negron. The 3 founders all took turns singing lead, but many of their songs were sung by all three, in harmony, rather than with a lead. Chuck Negron was always the most charismatic and visible of the band, and he happened to sing lead on most of the mega-hits like "One" and "Joy to the World".
I collected a few photo highlights for you, check them out on vegasinsidetips on Picture This. It was a fun night. Chuck is the ultimate rock star, and very happy to be playing, now with his son on bass guitar in the very tight band that sounds exactly like the original Three Dog Night recordings.
As he always does, Chuck likes to end with 'Joy to the World", and frankly, how do you follow that? He said that his 7 year old daughter thinks that he recorded this song a couple of years ago. He told me the song has really taken on a life of its own over all these years, and says he never gets tired of singing it, or any of the hits for that matter.
"It's the reason people come", he said. "I never want to disappoint an audience."
To that end, it seems, he rocks out every Three Dog Night hit song that he sang lead in, plus a wide range of the rest of the hits. You'd need days to hear them all, so he chooses a set list that never disappoints.
I asked him the question that so many wonder about; does he think the 3 founders will ever play together again?
"I never say never, but it's highly unlikely."
Would he like to see it happen?
"Yes, I would. It would be a lot of fun for us to play together. WHo knows what the future may bring."
Meanwhile, it's a real rock and roll rush when he grabs the microphone and sings that immortal line;
"Jeramiah was a bullfrog..."
Thanks for the music, Chuck.
eck out the photos from the night here.
Have a great week...
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