“Interviewing Celebrities Along the Red Carpet”
By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
America’s Got Talent celebrity magician Murray SawChuck’s “Begging for Magic” charity red carpet show brought a line-up of many celebrities starring in local shows.
Walking the red carpet, a man who stands-out in a crowd, Paul Shortino looked as though he was about to appear in his “Raiding the Rock Vault” at the Westgate Resort. He is a rock singer and musician who has sung with Rough Cut, The Cutt and Quiet Riot.
Westgate is the new name of what began as the International Hotel, then the Las Vegas Hilton and most recently the Las Vegas Hotel. As Paul feels, “This is the where Elvis performed so we are lucky to be on the same stage.
Paul explained about the “Raiding the Rock Vault” show. “Everybody in the show is from the ‘70s and ‘80s and we are all from different bands doing music from great artists from the ‘60s to 1989. This is the story of classic rock. We seldom perform any of our own songs that we recorded.
I just want to mention how great Murray’s show is and what a great human being. He an his wife Chloe and me and my wife, Carmen, do a lot of appearances to help animal charities. We will appear at the SPCA this Sunday at Sam’s Town. Everybody reach out and give a hand to help.”
The red carpet was filled with celebrities. Maren Wade performs in several shows and still has time to walk the red carpet. With touring in “America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde” show and filling in for dancers in “Fantasy”, she happily announced her new column in the Las Vegas Weekly. Now Maren can review her own shows! Just joking!
Maren commented, “It’s called Confessions of a Showgirl. One week I wrote the truth behind the girl inside the cake. I was excited to be inside the cake waiting to jump out but they forgot about me. I was stuck inside all night inside the cake.
My latest article discussed 50 shades of tan. They have an interesting take on it.
This was a psychological study on the preferences of body make up.”
I interviewed another beautiful lady, Sara Jessica Rhodes, along the red carpet.
Sara appears in Raiding the Rock Vault. She feels, “The show brings back the memories people have of the ‘60s. They relive their youth.”
Usually Sara performs as a singer but she is acting and dancing in this show. Sara does it all.
Comedian and writer for Benny Hill, Lenny Windsor (Laugh Factory) walked the red carpet. Originally from Great Britain, Lenny commented, “I have no topics, I just go out there and insult people; I am an entertainment insultant.” Originally from England, Lenny lives in Las Vegas now.
America’s Got Talent celebrity magician Murray SawChuck appears in the Tropicana, at 4 P. M.
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Show Reviews——-August 13, 2014–
“America’s Got Talent Murray Sawchuck Did it Again”
By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
After their successful charity event last year, America’s Got Talent Murray Sawchuck and dancer (Fantasy)/magical assistant Chloe held a second “Begging’ for Magic” Charity show.
Murray and his wife Chloe have been very busy this year with each appearing as guest on television shows and at other events.
I interviewed the celebrities and VIP’s along the red carpet. Michael “Wheels” Parise, (Tropicana’s Laugh Factory) described his act, “I am very crowd interactive. I take the crowd and bring them all together. I am known as one of the top insult comedians in the country. At the end of the show, we all love each other again. It is a battle.”
Known as a comedian in his own right, Michael appeared as main opening act for Andrew Dice Clay for 27 years. “We are at the Hard Rock Hotel as well as broadcast “Rolling with Dice and Wheels” and we have been together ever since. I am completely different than he is. Dice does the dirty stuff and I do the PG 13 stuff. That is why we have been together so long.”
In show biz for 30 years, Michael feels he was born with the ability to be a comedian and knew when he was 8 years old. Michael’s mother only let him watch Johnny Carson when a comedian appeared.
Michael “Wheels” Parise appears at the Laugh Factory and also headlines at all of the other comedy clubs in Las Vegas. He added, “That’s why they call me wheels, I’m always rolling.”
Lefty performs his-own-slight-of-hand magic in Murray’s show. He has known Murray for 17 years and performed two years in his show at the Tropicana.
Each person has a different style of magic. Lefty describes his magic, “It is like Charlie Chaplain doing magic- slapstick, very whimsical, character driven. I think the underdog when the magic happens, surprises me as well as the audience.”
Today this show is special for charity. Celebrities are attending the show and some have agreed to appear.
It is not Murray’s usual magic show, he mixed magic with several guest celebrity acts. Some celebrities performing were Comedian Magician Fielding West, British comedian and writer for Benny Hill, Lenny Windsor (Laugh Factory), singer Lisa Marie (Pin Up), singer Tim Molyneux, magician Mark Bennick and others.
Lefty is excited to have his own T-shirt line with a his face and cards floating around. Murray is also selling his own and there is a little competition here.
America’s Got Talent magician Murray SawChuck, Chloe and Lefty appear at the Laugh Factory, in the Tropicana Hotel. Shows. Shows 4 P.M.
Famous now-retired magician Lance Burton attends many events around Las Vegas. This charity event at the Tropicana Hotel Laugh Factory Lounge was where he started. Lance reminisced, “My first job in Las Vegas was one of the acts at the Follies Bergere. I opened on May 20th, 1982 down in the Tiffany Showroom. This room where we are today was a little banquet room. I worked this room a couple of times for special events.”
When Lance appeared in the Follies Bergere, it was a short act, just 12 minutes to fill in while the stagehands moved the enormous scenery and the showgirls changed their costumes.
Even though Lance is retired from his own magic show, he is involved in producing films. I am just finishing my first film “Billy Top It Master Magician” and we are in the middle of production now of my second film is called “Guard Dog”.
It is a little bit magical. The story is about a little boy who is having a tough time and starts acting up. This magical dog shows up and only the little boy can see the dog. The dog helps him get his life back on track. It is very exciting to be involved in that.
I am supporting animal rescue events like today. Murray is having a fund raiser called “Begging for Magic” and on Sunday I will be bowling for the Nevada SPCA for their second annual “Get Out of the Gutters” rescue.”
Still involved in the community, Lance said, “I am around, you just don’t see me on stage anymore.”
When I mentioned, We used to review his shows and miss your shows. Lance answered, “That makes one of us.”