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Lance Burton (CLOSED)
By Chuck Rounds
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Lance Burton plays inside the Lance Burton Theatre at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. Very simply, the show is wonderful. The execution, timing, amazement, and pure entertainment of the evening were all great. At the end of the night, there was a well-deserved standing ovation. Lance Burton is one of the best magicians in the business. He has that rare combination of gifts that include personality, charisma, talent, and ability that make he performance superb.
Burton uses a combination of magical styles--both prop magic and sleight-of-hand. He is skillful and adept at both, and he incorporates enough theme and variation within each of the illusions to truly make every trick an absolute marvel. He commands a wonderful presence. His showmanship is strong, and he is extremely personable on stage. Also, I truly appreciate a good sleight-of-hand artist. It takes so much skill and practice to make these illusions consistently strong, and Lance Burton is a master. His hands look as if they are dancing a ballet.
The theatre is great. First of all, it is an actual theatre with comfortable seating and good sight lines. Secondly, it is very well equipped and adapted for this production. Sound, sight, and spirit are always stimulated and elevated by the technology.
This production is a great present for families. When my daughter was younger, I took her to the production, and she was mesmerized. Feedback from children is always immediate and honest, and my daughter was never been shy about telling me when she felt something wasnít working. She was at the age where she believed in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, and for a short time she believed in magic--thanks to Lance Burton.
Burton goes out and connects with the audience well--especially the children. He has them on stage several times, and it is always a delight.
The show is additionally supported by a group of dancers and a juggler. I enjoyed watching both. The dancers did an excellent job of framing and augmenting the illusions and the production.
The juggler, Michael Goudeau, was also wonderful to watch. His juggling and his comedy offered a nice break in the magical action, and I really like how he was later incorporated into the show.
There are so many shows out there. We are inundated with commercials and ads all the time. Usually, a good show is one that can simply live up to all of the hype. Lance Burtonís production is truly exceptional because it not only met our expectations; it indeed exceeded them.