VEGAS: Siegfried and Roy

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Siegfried and Roy have been in Las Vegas for over 30 years performing their unique brand of magic that includes white tigers, outrageous costumes and big special effects. If you get the chance, go see them, if only to see the duo of Magic live since who knows how much longer they’ll continue. The tickets are pricey, at $110, which includes two drinks, but much of the money goes towards the production of the show.

The first half of the show is comprised of a fantasy adventure with a demonic witch, dozens of dancers dressed in costumes and a giant, robotic dragon. There isn’t much of a story and Siegfriend and Roy don’t speak throughout this episode. They run around stage as the heroes defeating all the bad guys with their magic. Visually it’s impressive, but there is so much going on around the stage that the magic tricks get lost in all the chaos.

The second half of the show is more personable and focused on the magic. Siegfried and Roy talk to the audience and perform smaller tricks. The white lions appear throughout the show and are very cool to see. At one point, Roy places himself in a glass box and Roy covers it with blanket. The blanket is pulled off and Roy is gone replaced by a white tiger.

There are several vanishing tricks, cutting people in half and levitation. It’s a great visual to see Roy levitating within a floating bubble 15 feet above the stage. For the grand finale they bring an elephant on stage, which they make disappear and reappear.

The show is worth seeing once. This is a very Vegas show with loud music, bright lights, dancers galore, but not a lot of substance. The show ends with an original song recorded by Michael Jackson.

By Clint Romag

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