Strip Scribbles: From Flamingo Las Vegas to Shanghai for Nathan Burton

The 2011 Miss USA Pageant contestants at Go Pool at the Flamingo, where Flamingo headliner Nathan Burton levitated 2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih, on June 8, 2011.
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Magician Nathan Burton is taking a five-day, jet-set round trip from his headliner show at the Flamingo to appear on the live finale of “China’s Got Talent” in Shanghai. He is the only American invited to be a special guest performer on the Season 3 wrap-up. Season 2’s finale guest performer was Susan Boyle. The British-owned Chinese entertainment reality TV show is on Dragon TV and is hosted by Cheng Lei.

This is Nathan’s first time performing in China; he worked in South Korea for a year before making his home in Las Vegas. He will perform 8 minutes of comedy magic at the World Expo Center during the 4-hour finale of “China’s Got Talent.” As a result, his magic show at Donny & Marie Osmond’s theater in the Flamingo will be closed Jan. 18-22.

Nathan was chosen because of his six guest appearances on “America’s Got Talent”, part of the 39-country “Got Talent” franchise based in Britain. He wowed the judges with “Microwave of Death” and “Steamroller,” where then-judge Piers Morgan exclaimed: “That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen!” Still secret is if his four showgirl assistants will make the flight, too.

Incidentally, his daytime show pal magician Mac King at Harrah’s is off to Rochester, Minn., with Las Vegas magic men Lance Burton, Michael Goudeau and Bob Zany to perform in the National Autism gala fundraiser “Mending Minds” on Jan. 27.

NEW MAGIC THEATER OPENS: British cabaret and magic show producer Paul Stone has crossed the Atlantic to open Vegas Magic Theater at Gold Coast tonight, and “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist Murray Sawchuck, a regular guest on “Pawn Stars,” is the headliner for the first four days.

Paul told me: “I have always felt that a European-styled cabaret show with top-class magicians from around the world with a brand new show every week to keep it fresh was missing in Vegas. Now we’ve put one together to appeal to visitors, locals and families at an affordable price. For an hour before each show, we also have a close-up Magic Lounge to complete the theatrical experience.” Paul produced the London Palladium tribute to Siegfried & Roy in 2008 and Palladium Magic, which celebrated 100 years of British prestidigitation.

No word if Murray will repeat his illusions of vanishing a 1918 steam train locomotive or producing a Ferrari and transforming his assistant into a 450-pound tiger in a locked cage, but he promises the same standing ovations he won from Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Piers that he earned on the NBC series.


Hot off the grill! My pal Italian Chef Steve Martorano at the Rio is set to launch his own line of Yo Cuz jewelry at the end of the month featuring watches, bracelets and necklaces. … Chef Michel Richard of Central at Caesars Palace has tapped gorgeous Kathryn Hope -- fluent in French, German and Spanish -- as the restaurant’s new wine director overseeing his collection of 6,000 bottles. In the service industry for 15 years, Kathryn was formerly the sommelier at Shibuya at MGM Grand.

… Planet Hollywood International Hotel head honcho Robert Earl has officially opened his Buca di Beppo at the Excalibur. The casts of Australia’s Thunder From Down Under, “Fantasy,” and Drew and Jonathan Scott from HGTV’s “The Property Brothers” were immortalized -- in marinara sauce. They were the first celebs so honored, and reality TV BFFs Holly Madison and Laura Croft will follow shortly.

… Mexican-American star Ramon Ayala, known as the “King of the Accordion” with 105 bestselling albums, opens his first Mexican restaurant this month at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, where he also signed on for two sets of weekend concerts a year presenting his 50 years of hits. … Our beloved Keep Memory Alive charity that serves as the fundraising arm of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opened Chef Aneesha’s Red Velvet Cafe there this week to encourage diet change for patients and families going low carb, high protein and vegan to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other brain illnesses.

‘DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES’ PHOTOS: Landscape photographer Peter Lik, who has four Las Vegas galleries here at Caesars Palace (2), Mandalay Bay and the Venetian, will have 12 pieces of his artwork featured on the final episode of “Desperate Housewives” in May.


Cirque du Soleil artists and employees will unveil their seventh art exhibit at Trifecta Gallery inside Arts Factory that runs through Jan. 28. The exhibit, “Parade: The Collective,” features photography and fabric and ceramic sculptures. “Viva Elvis,” “Ka,” Criss Angel’s “Believe” and “Zumanity” will be represented. … The new Circus Spectacular at Orleans Arena starts a run of eight shows with 10 daredevil acts -- including a Wheel of Death, a human cannonball, a performing elephant and Bengal tigers -- plus, equestrian steeds, motorcycle madness and a daring duo who spin at dangerous speeds above the arena by their hair while juggling flaming batons. … And Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes is at Haze in Aria.


It’s a weekend that celebrates what would have been Elvis Presley’s 77th birthday, along with parties for Pitbull and Jordin Sparks. We’ll also take a peek behind-the-scenes of the gorgeous “Crazy Girls” at the Riviera as they start their 25th year of topless shows on the Strip.

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