By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
It started when America’s Got Talent celebrity magician Murray SawChuck (Tropicana) and his wife Chloe (Fantasy) wanted to adopt a dog. They were impressed with the good work the Friends for Life Humane Society was doing, Murray and Chloe decided to arrange a benefit show for them.
Murray hosted the show and introduced the volunteers from Friends for Life with a video about the shelter.
There were 14 guest acts as well as a condensed version of Murray’s magic show.Tim Molyneux impressed the audience with his vibrant voice singing a song from Les Miserables and other numbers. He is known as a songwriter, singer, actor and Record Producer (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli and Seal). Chris Randall, Street Magician, brought his new twist to magic. Chris has been added as a new guest act in Murray’s show. The Jenny Lynn (Frankie Marino Live-Stratosphere), acoustic and electric violinist, performed some of her violin specialties. Her speed and finesse were extraordinary. Nino Frediani, the world’s oldest juggler, showed his skill and comic ability. Peter Pavone, impersonator and vocalist, provided his Frank Sinatra singing impressions and comedy. Harry Basil, Laugh Factory producer and prop comedian, appears in costumes. Harry was able to bring members of the audience into his act. Gallagher has been known as a chopping fruit on stage for many years. He appears at 7 p.m. nightly, in the Laugh Factory showroom, at the Tropicana Hotel. Lefty, Murray’s magic card act, has appeared with Murray for many years. Lefty’s talented card manipulations are funnier because of his facial expressions. After entertaining the guests around the Red Carpet, Rusty Hamilton showed his skill on the harmonica at the show.
Vince Neal (the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), lead vocalist of heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, is looking forward to his opening in September
Singer Zowie Bowie joined the show’s line-up of talent with vocalist Skye Dee Miles, juggler Michael Goudeau, comedian Shayma Tash, vocalist, Paul Shortino and more acts.
It was a big show, much longer than usual.With all the entertainers performing, Murray didn’t have enough time for his complete show. Murray only performed his Bo Staff Illusion, Tube Zag Illusion, Newspaper Tear, Stuffed Dog, Champagne Vanish and Crate Illusion.
The showroom was filled with celebrities and special guests.
After all the show and raffle proceeds, Murray and Chloe collected $5,000 to donate to the Friends for Life Humane Society.
“America’s Got Talent” celebrity magician Murray SawChuck performs daily at 4 p.m. in the Laugh Factory showroom at the Tropicana Hotel. For information, call (800)-462-8767. www.murraymagic.com www.troplv.com www.friendsforlifehumai8nesociety.org
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years.
Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-5974.