Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Magical Monday Night

The Consumer electronics show starts tomorrow morning here in Las Vegas. I'm really excited. So today, my friend James, my friend Tomeka, and myself (all of us here in town for the convention) decided to have some fun and see the Mirage dolphin habitat along with some white tigers. Here's one shot that I took on a particularly frisky looking white tiger at the Siegfried and Roy habitat (where I saw a rather majestic looking lion straight out of the lion king, and a few leopards). I'd post the video of the dolphins that I took, but it's upside down and don't have the time to figure out how to turn it right side up. But the shots are incredible...only a few feet from them through glass.
And then Monday night we went to see David Copperfield at the Hollywood Theater in the MGM Grand hotel and casino. I've been a fan of Mr. Copperfield for many years. Seeing him live is absolutely incredible. He made entire audience members disappear and teleport to other areas of the theater. He made a car appear out of thin air, levitated some random guy in the audience, and then did this really touching tribute to his father and grandfather who thought he could never make it in show business. He asked someone, "what do you collect?" After hearing her answer, he said that he collects words. Things that he finds worldly or inspiring. And then he made someone pick a word at random from a display of 100 words and then that one word printed on all of our show bracelets throughout the audience. That was a neat trick.
This is my glass from the pina colada that I ordered. It's a collectible glass so I get to take it home with me and put it in the cabinet where I keep other things that remind me of trips that I've taken. We had really good seats to the magic show, just one row of folks before the stage.
Click to Embiggen to read the words
At one point, he did this kind of random chain thing with the audience and told us that he'd just been to the future, and he had a poster that he wanted to show us to prove it. He picked on one person to come up to the stage and write down a dead celebrity's name (then he turned the poster around). But you can see that the poster of Elvis isn't just an ordinary poster, but one comprised of words (some of which spell the exact audience members and what happened randomly to arrive at the point of the big reveal). It was really awesome.
And here's a picture of my friend Tomeka on the left, me in the middle, and James on the right.

Today, I'm scheduled to appear on Cherie Reich's blog at some point. Thank you so much for following and commenting on my book tour. Tomorrow I will post a bunch of pictures that I take from CES (my day begins at 7 a.m.) And then at night we are seeing "The Jersey Boys" at Le Theatre des Arts in the Paris Hotel and Casino.

Have a great Tuesday.

24 comments:

mooderino said...

All this showbiz and then a bunch of free stuff from the electronics show. And it's probably baking hot too. I'm off to have a cup of tea ans stare at the rain through the window *sigh*

Elise Fallson said...

What an awesome trip you are having. Thanks for sharing the pics, the show sounds amazing, do you think David Copperfield could make the rain clouds disappear over here? (;

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very cool. Been years since I visited Vegas. I watched Alabama kick Notre Dame's butt last night in the BCS Championship game. Your evening sounds much more fun.

Cindy said...

I always wonder how Copperfield does all that stuff. Amazing...

Brinda said...

I love it that you got to see some beautiful tigers. I've been to a David Copperfield show and it was FANTASTIC. I agree.

SA Larsenッ said...

Sounds like an amazing time! Love the images you've shared.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

White tigers are awesome. Instead of watching "magic" and musicals you should go check out the club scene there.

Andrew Leon said...

I saw Copperfield live 3 or 4 times when I was a teenager. It was always amazing, but it sounds like his show has progressed quite a bit.

Francene Stanley said...

The poster of Elvis was amazing. I was his birthday 71 years ago on this day, as was mine. My sister just sent me a message about how I hooked up 'Won't you wear your ring around my neck' to the repeat system in the house when we were teenagers. Brought back great memories.

J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds like your trip is off to a good start. Gee, I'd love me some magic! Waiting for the other pics.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love Las Vegas. It's so much fun and there's so much to do. I didn't see David Copperfield on either of my trips but I did get to the Dolphin/Tiger habitat. Amazing.

Have a great time!!

Misha Gericke said...

I'm a David Copperfield fan too. Sounds like you had a memorable evening. :-)

Tonja said...

Magicians creep me out. Not because of the possibility the magic is real - it's the deception thing that bothers me. Maybe it's more annoyance than anything. Glad you had a great time.

Deborah Walker said...

What a great trip. I bet you're gathering all sorts of good stuff for your writing.

Hannah Kincade said...

That Pina Coloda looks magical. mmmmm....

Meg Dolan said...

Wonderful, it looks like you've been having an absolute blast! Thanks for sharing all about it. :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Michael,

It looks like you are having an AMAZING time! Good for you! Sometimes we need to 'air" ourselves out and become part of something grander...

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm very envious of your fun. When you're a school teacher you never get to go to any cool conventions.

Liz said...

Glad you're having fun in Vegas. Has it been cold? The desert in winter can be so cold and dry.

So many great shows...

David P. King said...

Vegas is fun times - I don't care what anyone else says. Glad you guys are having a blast down there. Say "Hi" to Jessie for us. :)

Rusty Webb said...

Sounds like a great week is shaping up for you. Remember, you can do whatever you want in Vegas and there are absolutely no consequences. None. I think it's a law there.

Helena said...

I'm so glad you're having a great time in Vegas. Hope you have a fantastic week and you see even more shows and fun stuff. Oh, and some nifty electronics.

Donna Hole said...

That sounds like fun. What a show. You look very happy :)

......dhole

Smash Bravo said...

Awesome post! Vegas is my favorite place in the world. I actually saw David Copperfield some time ago, it was the same night that the other guys had the accident with the white tiger. We picked between the two shows and ended up seeing copperfield. Which I am glad because I would not have wanted to see Roy or whatever his name get mauled, I would think that is a memory that would stick with someone forever. Anyways, I digress. David is very charming, didn't you think, he has this very sexy way of talking and moving even if he is a smaller guy. But after that I became a big fan.