The OnlineSeats Las Vegas Series: David Copperfield Tickets Not David Copperfield Television Special

Way back at the end of June a man in a red jacket walked across the Thames River in London. This was a stunt meant to promote his new BBC television show Dynamo: Magician Impossible. The stunt did not quite have the effect he (Dynamo) hoped though. The National, an English-language publication based in the Middle East, questioned whether or not the age of the illusionist, or at least the televised illusionist, is over.

Now, David Copperfield has seemingly been immune from this suggestion. Yes, television served as the medium by which he made his career, a career in which may have made him a billionaire and allowed him to purchase a group of 11 islands in the Bahamas and renamed them “The Islands of Copperfield Bay”. For those who do not know, despite his impressive history as a magician before he even turned 18, his big break came after a chance meeting with an ABC executive in 1977 that led to Copperfield hosting “The Magic of ABC”.

However, Copperfield has avoided the small screen since 2001, after the Magic of David Copperfield XVII: Tornado of Fire earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program. Instead, he returned to the stage and sold David Copperfield tickets to 500 performances a year. This made him one of the highest grossing solo performers in the world while the networks and cable stations flooded the television schedule with a new generation of illusionists.

There was Criss Angel, who executives felt had the edgy style to attract the metal and hard rock audience, coming to the stage with crazy hair, eyeliner, modern hard rock music blasting in the background, and women in bikinis. There was David Blaine, who seemed to specialize in the equivalent of magic marine camp stunts, standing on a small platform for days, encased in ice for days, not eating for days, etc.

Now, every trend had its backlash, and perhaps this backlash came quickly. Perhaps the ultimate sign that the time of the illusionist on television had passed was when the cult classic comedy Arrested Development took aim at David Copperfield and other illusionists. The character Gob (George Oscar Bluth) is the founding member of the “Magicians’ Alliance” and a narcissistic screw up.

So, while Angel and Blaine were busy on televisions, Copperfield has succeeded touring the globe and occasionally taking up residence in Las Vegas. Currently, David Copperfield is performing at the Hollywood Theater in the MGM Grand Las Vegas, where he is outperforming Criss Angel’s competing Cirque du Soleil production.

Cirque du Soleil Tickets: A Buffett of Options in Las Vegas

Only a city known as Sin City could be the unofficial American home of Cirque du Soleil. The Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe has seven shows in production on the Las Vegas strip, the most in any city across the vast continental United States. The incredibly creative company is such a force on the Strip that no single hotel or hotel conglomerate has a monopoly on Crique du Soleil tickets!

Criss Angel Believe headlines at the Luxor, Ka brings a story to life at the MGM Grand, the Beatles Love inspires nostalgia at the Mirage, Mystere overwhelms the visual sense at Treasure Island, O brings aquatics into the mix at the Bellagio, Viva Elvis takes the much documented Elvis devotion in Las Vegas to a new level, and Zumanity is an erotic circus at New York-New York.

Just as the shows are spread out throughout the major Las Vegas hotel and casinos, the shows each offer something different to the crowd. Yes, all incorporate awe-inspiring acrobatics and seemingly impossible flexibility, but some are meant to pay homage to legends (the Beatles Love and Viva Elvis). Some are meant to push the bounds of a stage show by creating an aquatic show (O). Some are meant to be a classic Cirque production with a combination of world music, comedy, street theater, and the patented acrobatics. Some are meant to push the companies own bounds and tell a single story (Ka). Some are meant to delve into the adult world with a little class and much tongue in cheek (Zumanity). Some are meant to draw inspiration from Vegas’ show entertainment history and combine magic and an elaborate visual frenzy (Criss Angel Believe).

Really, Cirque du Soleil has had as big of an impact on Las Vegas as Vegas has had on the company. Before Cirque, major hotel and resorts were afraid to spend big money on productions. Las Vegas was a world of comedians, magic acts, and burlesque shows. Then, in the early 1990s, Treasure Island swept in to take a chance on Mystere after Caesars Palace abandoned its potential partnership with Cirque du Soleil. Mystere still runs today and still sells out the Mystere Theatre, where it has astounded audiences since 1993.

Las Vegas has served as an inspiration for Cirque as well. Cirque du Soleil sought to create lavish productions using circus arts from around the world, but it is in Vegas that the acclaimed company has found the influence to delve into shows that pay homage to beloved musicians, using the soundtracks of the Beatles and Elvis to go one step further than simple homage, celebrating the devotion these fans continue to this day. Also, the most recent show, Criss Angel Believe, has taken on the world of illusion. One would think this would be a natural pairing, but it took Vegas, the only place a magician can become a legend, to inspire the collaboration between the circus arts and magic.

There is no sign the perfectly symbiotic relationship between the tourist haven in the desert known as Las Vegas and the contemporary circus that blows away Ringling Brothers known as Cirque du Soleil will end any time soon. So, find your Cirque du Soleil tickets to any of the seven shows and enjoy a show that will overwhelm your senses and imagination.

Weekend Gossip News

Kate Hudson turned 30 this weekend and in true celebrity fashion had a party filled with celebrities. Some of the A – listers at the party included the Kutchers (Ashton and Demi), Jessica Alba and hubby Cash Warren, Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin from Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Evan Mendes, Adam Sandler, Zach Braff, Gwen Stefani and Cher. The party was at mom, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s home and it was a night of dancing and drinking and fun. If you were wondering, Owen Wilson was not at the party…hmmm…are the couple on again or off again? Speaking of parties, Andy Roddick and his model girlfriend tied the knot this weekend with 250 of their closest friends sharing in the event. The couple had an outdoor wedding ceremony and then dinner at the country club on Friday. Elton John entertained the guests while they dined. Saturday the couple and their friends partied at Stubb’s which specializes in BBQ. The guests were requested to wear “denim only” and rocked the night away with the Spazmatics.

Madonna had another horse riding accident on Saturday. Luckily her injuries were minor and after a visit to the hospital was released with some bruises. It seems that the paparazzi were the cause of the accident when they jumped out to photograph Madonna and they startled her horse. She was much luckier this time then when she fell off her horse back in 2005 and cracked several ribs and broke her collarbone. Glad you are going to be alright Madonna.

Perez Hilton sure does know how to stir up trouble. The most recent non – Perez Hilton fan, seems to be Criss Angel. It got a bit tense and ugly at the end of his magic show in Las Vegas on Friday night where Perez happened to be in the audience. Criss acknowledged Perez by giving him a shout and saying, “I have to recognize someone special here in the house. Perez Hilton, please stand up…We have the world’s biggest douche bag asshole in the house.” Wow – that was not exactly a warm welcome. Perez responded with, “thanks for the free tickets.” What started the war of words? It seems that Perez was Twittering through the show and not giving the show a very good review. In fact two tweets read, “unbelievably BAD!” and “I would rather be getting a root canal.” Hmmm… I guess I would have to say Perez may have had it coming.

And last but not least a Happy Birthday to Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who just turned 3. And believe it or not it seems like Suri had a typical 3 year old party with a few of her friends and a Belle princess cake from Beauty and the Beast. Suri will be starting full time preschool classes at the school of Scientology. Suri will be attending classes 5 days a week for a mere $12,000. The do like to start them early over there.