Mike Hammer, with his Comedy Magic show, is playing inside the Canyon Club at the Four Queens
Hotel and Casino. The show has been called "The Most Interactive Show of the Year," and
certainly the bulk of the
audience gets involved in
one way or another in the antics of Mike Hammer. The show seems to have equal parts of comedy
and magic, and the
quick paced show never seems to have a lull or down point. Mike is exceedingly talented and
adeptly handles anything
that the audience seems to hand him.
In 2010, Mike Hammer was named by Esquire Magazine as one of Las Vegas' "45 under 45," honoring
the most successful
men, business leaders or executives in the Entertainment Capital of the World. He isn't just
an outstanding solo
performer. He is the founding member of Spike and Hammer, Las Vegas most requested comedy
magic team which has
played to thousands of companies and colleges across the country.
Entertaining from beginning to end, this show is somewhat of a brilliant sleeper. You may not
think of Mike Hammer
as one of the top headliners in Las Vegas; you may not have even heard of him...but truly, that
is a function of PR
rather than talent. This show doesn't have a great deal of press and advertising behind it,
and it is tucked away at
a downtown hotel. But this show is one of the best bargains that you'll find in Las Vegas---
reasonably priced and
worth far more in entertainment value.
The illusions that he does are small and delightful---these are not the grand illusions of big
magic shows, but
instead work very cooperatively with his comedy. The atmosphere that is created in the Canyon
Club is very
comfortable, and Mike Hammer puts you at ease immediately.
The Canyon Club is a good space for this show. There is a great audience/performer
relationship set up from the
stage to the seating. This allows for easy access and facilitates the interaction that Hammer
initiates. In another
space, that separation might not work as well…and the audience involvement and interaction is
partly what this show
is all about---making a connection.
Interacting with an audience is usually considered one of the toughest things that a performer
can do, but Hammer
handles it beautifully; and as it so happens, it is the cornerstone of the entire production.
Everything is built
Mike Hammer is a very talented performer, and in the grand scheme of Vegas entertainment, he is
very underrated. It
is difficult for any performer of a small or medium size show in town to get any sort of
notoriety. You simply can't
compete with the entertainment dollars of the big shows, and often the performers of these
other shows are just lost.
Mike is worth finding and seeing.
This is a show that is good for children and families (yes, the children need to be over 5, but
that is to avoid
distraction rather than because of content,) it is simply a delight.