By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman during the show)
After Lefty performed his slight-of-hand card manipulations as featured guest act for five years, Murray sensed that Lefty had more talent to give and worked to heighten his skills with a touch of drama and pizazz! It was a complete transformation, a new brand, a new Lefty with wardrobe to match. Lefty’s expressive face adds to the fun!
Lefty said, “Murray helped me craft and hone my Lefty character, really making it into a known brand in the Las Vegas entertainment community. For all Murray has done for my career on stage in Las Vegas, I am very thankful.”
The big surprise of the evening happened about halfway through the show, Murray
introduced Tony Hassini the President of the International Magicians Society to come on stage to award Douglas ‘Lefty’ Leferovich the World Champion Award for Best Sleight of Hand Artist for 2016.
The Merlin Award is to magic what the Oscar is to the movies, what the Emmy is for television, and what the Tony is for theater.
Lefty joins some of the most famous magicians in the field with the past winners of the Merlin Award are David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Penn & Teller, Harry Blackstone, Doug Henning and Murray SawChuck. The Merlin Award is presented to those magicians who have achieved the highest level in their craft, both on the national and international stage. The criteria that the voting members consider are talent, showmanship, originality, skills, and above all the rare ability to entertain under any conditions. The International Magicians Society (IMS) is the world’s largest magic society as recorded in the Guinness Book or World Records.
Lefty explains, “For the past ten years I have spent a lot of time working behind the scenes on shows up and down the Las Vegas Strip. My job titles have included creative director, lighting designer, technical director, set designer, and casting director. I have also been hired by some of Las Vegas’ most well know magicians to consult on their live shows, as well as, for various television appearances. This award for World’s Best Sleight of Hand Artist 2016, is special to me as it acknowledges me on stage in the spotlight, doing what I love to do. Having done magic since I was 4 years old, this award shows that hard work, dedication and still practicing every day, will be rewarded by your peers.”
Murray SawChuck, the Celebrity Magician, appears at 4 pm, on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, inside the Sin City Theater on the mezzanine level of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd S., corner of Harmon. http://murraysawchuck.com www.leftymagic.com
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