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Our Favorite Las Vegas Magic Shows

Last updated: September 19, 2018 at 11:09 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Our Favorite Las Vegas Magic Shows.

Las Vegas is the unofficial magic capital of the world. Many of magic’s biggest acts have graced the stage in Sin City over the years and the Strip is still home to dozens of magic shows.

Even though there are lots of choices, each show offers something totally different. Maybe you prefer traditional sleight-of-hand card tricks or maybe you want to have your mind completely blown by a mind reader.

Whatever you’re looking for, Las Vegas has it and one thing’s for sure – magic shows in Las Vegas won’t be disappearing any time soon. Here are some of our favorites:

Penn & Teller: Magic Show in Las Vegas

Penn & Teller at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Penn & Teller are known as the “Bad Boys of Magic.” If you want something edgy and unconventional, this is the magic show for you. On any given night during the show you might see guns, knives or a fire-eating showgirl.

These guys aren’t your typical magicians. They don’t try to fool you with their illusions – they actually explain how they are done. Don’t worry – you won’t leave knowing all the secrets of magic. Their explanations will still amaze you and you’ll have plenty of laughs along the way.

Magician Mac King Las Vegas Magic Show at Harrah's

Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Magician Mac King has been headlining in Vegas for more than 15 years. He got into the art as a kid because both of his grandfathers were amateur magicians.

King’s afternoon show at Harrah’s is popular with kids and adults alike so it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for a family show. His quirky sense of humor and incredible sleight-of-hand magic make for some good, clean fun.

Kids will love King’s hand shadow puppets and crazy tricks with live goldfish. Adults will be wowed by his magic and they’ll get a laugh from his PG-rated jokes and hilarious audience participation.

Las Vegas Magic Show Reinvented by Matt Franco

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Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly at The LINQ Hotel and Casino

“America’s Got Talent” Season 9 winner Mat Franco was the first magician to win the grand prize on the show and now he has his own Las Vegas gig.

If you’re familiar with him, you know he’s an expert at close-up, sleight-of-hand magic. You’ll see traditional card tricks in his show as well as objects mysteriously disappearing and reappearing around the showroom and some of the illusions Franco performed on the hit TV show.

Traditional Las Vegas Magic Show with a twist - Piff the Magic Dragon

Piff the Magic Dragon at Flamingo Las Vegas

Another “America’s Got Talent” alum, Piff the Magic Dragon, headlines at the Flamingo and wows audiences with unusual tricks while making them laugh with his sarcastic, off-color humor.

You’ll see tricks involving “Criss Angelfish,” a mind-reading goldfish, and an audience member’s money found inside a can of dog food. Don’t worry – Mr. Piffles, the World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua and Piff’s sidekick – cleans up any dog food that might fall on the stage.

If you’re looking for a quirky magic show, this one’s for you.

Mind Reading Las Vegas Magic Show by Frederic Da Silva

Paranormal – The Mind Reading Magic Show at Bally’s Las Vegas

Mentalist Frederic Da Silva will leave you scratching your head and wondering how he does crazy things like predict what you have in your pocket, stop a watch at the time that you visualized or figure out the name of the person you’re thinking about.

Prepare to have your mind blown in Da Silva’s show PARANORMAL. See it and you’ll experience an afternoon of mystery, magic, hypnosis and mind-reading.

Las Vegas Magic Show Adventure with Xavier Mortimer

Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Mortimer recently starred in Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson ONE” and he’s the first Cirque performer to launch a headlining residency on the Strip.

Unlike other magic shows, Xavier Mortimer’s has a narrative that ties all his illusions together.

Audiences are transported into Mortimer’s dream world along with his unconventional cast of characters as the magic unfolds through more than 14 acts.

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Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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