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There are some basic rules of magic. Never tell your audience how a trick is done. Don't show the audience the preparation for a trick. And never, ever perform the classic cups and balls trick with transparent cups.Penn & Teller manage to break all of these rules and more in their show at the Rio Hotel and Casino.Penn & Teller's edgy show is unlike any other magic production in Las Vegas. The tall, lanky Penn serves as a narrator, providing a running comedic commentary on just about everything they do, while the diminutive Teller provides a lot of the show's action, all without saying a single word. The pair manages to reveal a few tricks of their trade along the way, while turning around and completely stumping you with others.Penn & Teller take some of the mystery out of the aforementioned cups and balls trick - a standard magic act where a magician makes balls pass through the solid bottoms of the cups, jump from one cup to another, or disappear from the cup and appear in other places. They perform the act with see-through plastic cups, allowing the audience to see exactly how it works...or do they? Part of the joke is that during the explanation, they do the trick so quickly, that it makes it pretty difficult to follow.Penn & Teller's show relies heavily on audience interaction. Several audience members are chosen to come up and be part of some tricks and to help confirm the authenticity of others. In one vignette, the trick is actually played on the volunteer while the audience gets to watch. The volunteer is blindfolded while Penn pretends to throw knives at her. Then, again blindfolded, she is tricked into believing she throws knives at Penn.While the audience does get to see behind the scenes during these parts of the show, other tricks the duo performs leave viewers completely mystified. Penn takes the eyeglasses from an audience member and puts them in his pocket. They somehow disappear from his pocket and end up inexplicably on Teller's face, which has been encased in a wooden box the whole time.Teller makes coins appear out of a clear tank of water, puts them back in and goldfish magically take their place.While there are some elements of classic magic and sleight of hand in the show, most of the tricks are incredibly creative, innovative and sometimes bordering on the macabre. Teller appears to swallow needles and then a piece of thread. He then proceeds to pull the needles, all neatly threaded together, out of his mouth.Penn, a talented juggler, doesn't use standard objects to showcase his skills - instead he juggles broken liquor bottles and fire.Many of the tricks are accompanied by background music from the talented jazz pianist Mike Jones, which adds another unique touch to the show. If you get to the theater early, you're in for a treat as The Mike Jones Duo performs live music to warm up the crowd. Look closely and you might recognize the tall, mysterious upright bass player in the duo.The culmination of the show is the magic bullet trick where Penn & Teller simultaneously fire guns at each other, through small panes of glass, and then catch the bullets in their mouths. Audience volunteers with gun knowledge are brought up on stage to check the bullets and guns before and after the stunt, confirming its validity.The trick literally ends the show with a bang, leaving the audience wondering how it was pulled off. As Penn explained, it wasn't an easy illusion to create. "We worked on The Double Bullet Catch for a couple of years before we put it in the show and we worked for as long as we could before we ever really pointed a gun. The first step was using a single gun, where just one of us fired at the other. After months of work, it was time for the first tests. We flipped a coin, and I lost. I had to point the gun at Teller first," he said. "It was so hard. Yes, it's a TRICK! Yes, we have so many safety checks in place it's almost stupid, but it was still so, so hard to do. So hard. I was trembling. It's much harder to point a gun at someone than to have a gun pointed at you. It's a trick, no reason to test me on the street. It's not impromptu."It takes a lot of trust to be able to shoot bullets at each other - trust that has built up in Penn & Teller over 30 years of performing together.The two first teamed up in 1975, combining Teller's magic with Penn's juggling and comic expertise, working their way up from the streets to clubs and eventually to Broadway.By 1985, the duo was receiving critical praise for their Off-Broadway show. In 1987, they began the first of two successful Broadway runs and enjoyed national tours throughout the 1990s.They appeared in Las Vegas at Bally's and the MGM Grand before landing a long-term gig in their own spacious theater at the Rio in 2001.Penn & Teller have appeared more than 20 times on "Late Night with David Letterman" and on a variety of other television shows including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Miami Vice," "Hollywood Squares," "Saturday Night Live" and as animated guests on "The Simpsons."When they aren't busy with their Las Vegas show, Penn & Teller have gotten involved in other creative projects. They are the authors of three best-selling books, "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends," "How to Play with Your Food" and "How to Play in Traffic."Their latest project, "Penn & Teller: Bulls--t!" for the Showtime television network, is in its fourth season. The show, which has received six Emmy nominations, sets out to debunk myths, rumors and secrets behind popular subjects such as talking to the dead, psychics and alien abductions.Penn credits their longevity and success as a team to keeping their relationship all about work. "It's always been a business relationship. We do better stuff together than we do separately and we love working together. We have become very good friends, of course, but we don't hang out very much."Separating their business and personal lives certainly seems to be a winning formula for Penn & Teller. Their show is constantly evolving as they add new tricks and revamp some older ones. It's one of the smartest shows in town and they certainly live up to their billing as "a couple of eccentric guys who have learned how to do a few cool things."-- By Kristine McKenzie
 
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Funny show but theatre was WAY too hot
PostedAugust 9, 2013
Penn and Teller were cool.. I just wish they had more tricks. It seemed like they spent a lot of time explaining the tricks or explaining their political views then doing the tricks themselves
The theater was WAY too hot. Many people were fanning themselves. You walked outside the theater doors & it was 10-15 degrees cooler. It should've been the other way around.
I loved how they stopped after the show to sign autographs and take pictures. Very cool!
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The Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946 but there's nothing about this property that feels dated. It's the largest Downtown Las Vegas hotel and it feels more like the kind of resort you'd find on the Las Vegas Strip with its luxurious pool, spa and top-notch dining and entertainment.Casino mogul Steve Wynn bought the Golden Nugget in the early '70s and transformed it from just a casino into a luxury resort that earned its first four diamond rating from Mobil Travel Guide in 1977. As ownership changed hands over the years, more hotel towers were added to the property including the latest, the Rush Tower, in 2009. The Rush Tower rooms are twenty percent larger than the hotel's standard rooms and feature upgraded amenities and views of the Strip, mountains and the pool. So if you need added space in a room, book the Rush Tower.We can't talk about the Golden Nugget without talking more about its pool. This isn’t your average ordinary pool. It's dubbed The Tank because it basically doubles as a shark tank. Yep, guests who slide down the three-story enclosed water slide will pass right through an aquarium filled with sharks (Unlike the CSI Vegas episode, these sharks stay in the tank). For those who prefer a little less wildlife while they're catching rays, there are daybeds, cabanas and a bar. Another two-level, infinity-edge pool, called The Hideout, can be accessed from the third floor of The Tank. We love it because it's for adults only.   If aquariums really are your thing, be sure to eat at the Chart House restaurant inside. Its bar wraps around a 75,000-gallon tropical aquarium filled with more than 1,000 colorful fish. The Golden Nugget is packed with restaurants to suit just about any taste. Go to the Grotto for Italian classics and a bright and open setting. Claim Jumper serves hearty portions of classic American food and Vic and Anthony’s is an award-winning, elegant steakhouse with the finest cuts of meat around. If you're hungry and thirsty, Cadillac Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar may just be your utopia. Not only can you get your favorite south-of-the-border dishes, there’s a selection of more than 70 boutique tequilas and they sell giant 80-ounce beer towers.Looking for a place to party that doesn't involve tequila and beer towers? On the resort's second floor, the balcony at Gold Diggers nightclub looks out over all the crazy action on the Fremont Street Experience below. (Hello people watching.) When you step inside, there's a great bar and dancing. Downstairs, the Rush Lounge is the spot to sip signature cocktails, or you can order one of 40 different brews from the International Beer Bar. There's also Bar 46, an oval-shaped bar with a table games area that spills out onto Fremont Street.If you're looking for entertainment, the resort's showroom is pretty much always stocked with stars. Impressionist Gordie Brown brings nearly a hundred celebs -- from icons like Elvis and Michael Jackson to Aaron Neville and Sylvester Stallone -- to life onstage. The Golden Nugget also boasts a rotating lineup of the hottest headliners in music and comedy with their 52 Fridays Concert Series performing every Friday throughout 2015. From Grammy award-winning artists and legendary tribute bands to country music hall of famers and epic classic rock bands, you can catch it all here.The other thing you have to see while you're at the Golden Nugget is, well, an actual golden nugget. Dubbed The Hand of Faith, the biggest golden nugget in existence (61 pounds!) is showcased at the hotel. It was found in Australia in 1980 and was sold to the Golden Nugget for more than a million dollars. See it on display in the lobby and snap a quick selfie with it. Look ma I discovered gold in Vegas!The Golden Nugget takes its gold pretty seriously. Not only can you see a massive piece of gold on display at the hotel you can also shop for gold in an ATM. The hotel is one of only three locations in North America to have a Gold to Go ATM, which is basically a vending machine for gold. The ATM is always online and updates prices every 10 minutes based on current gold spot prices. Along with gold bars of various weights ranging between one gram and one ounce, the vending machine also sells traditional gold coins and Golden Nugget souvenir pieces. We can't think of a better way to commemorate your stay at the hotel.
 
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Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
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Room Quality 
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Great pool & Amazing beds & pillows!
PostedAugust 8, 2013
The Golden Nugget has an awesome shark tank pool with a slide that goes right in the middle of the tank! Even though it was super busy in there, it was still very comfortable.
The wait lines at the front desk were pretty long unless you checked in really early in the morning or really late at night.
Even though our room was very comfortable, and had an amazing bed and pillows, it was located SOOO far away from the elevator. it would've been nice to have a backside elevator option. After walking the strip day after day, the last thing I dreaded at the end of the night was the long walk to our room. :(
Otherwise it was awesome being RIGHT on Fremont St and within 2 blocks of a Walgreens (we needed toothpaste!)
Loved it and would love to stay there again!
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The Golden Nugget was originally built in 1946 but there's nothing about this property that feels dated. It's the largest Downtown Las Vegas hotel and it feels more like the kind of resort you'd find on the Las Vegas Strip with its luxurious pool, spa and top-notch dining and entertainment.Casino mogul Steve Wynn bought the Golden Nugget in the early '70s and transformed it from just a casino into a luxury resort that earned its first four diamond rating from Mobil Travel Guide in 1977. As ownership changed hands over the years, more hotel towers were added to the property including the latest, the Rush Tower, in 2009. The Rush Tower rooms are twenty percent larger than the hotel's standard rooms and feature upgraded amenities and views of the Strip, mountains and the pool. So if you need added space in a room, book the Rush Tower.We can't talk about the Golden Nugget without talking more about its pool. This isn’t your average ordinary pool. It's dubbed The Tank because it basically doubles as a shark tank. Yep, guests who slide down the three-story enclosed water slide will pass right through an aquarium filled with sharks (Unlike the CSI Vegas episode, these sharks stay in the tank). For those who prefer a little less wildlife while they're catching rays, there are daybeds, cabanas and a bar. Another two-level, infinity-edge pool, called The Hideout, can be accessed from the third floor of The Tank. We love it because it's for adults only.   If aquariums really are your thing, be sure to eat at the Chart House restaurant inside. Its bar wraps around a 75,000-gallon tropical aquarium filled with more than 1,000 colorful fish. The Golden Nugget is packed with restaurants to suit just about any taste. Go to the Grotto for Italian classics and a bright and open setting. Claim Jumper serves hearty portions of classic American food and Vic and Anthony’s is an award-winning, elegant steakhouse with the finest cuts of meat around. If you're hungry and thirsty, Cadillac Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar may just be your utopia. Not only can you get your favorite south-of-the-border dishes, there’s a selection of more than 70 boutique tequilas and they sell giant 80-ounce beer towers.Looking for a place to party that doesn't involve tequila and beer towers? On the resort's second floor, the balcony at Gold Diggers nightclub looks out over all the crazy action on the Fremont Street Experience below. (Hello people watching.) When you step inside, there's a great bar and dancing. Downstairs, the Rush Lounge is the spot to sip signature cocktails, or you can order one of 40 different brews from the International Beer Bar. There's also Bar 46, an oval-shaped bar with a table games area that spills out onto Fremont Street.If you're looking for entertainment, the resort's showroom is pretty much always stocked with stars. Impressionist Gordie Brown brings nearly a hundred celebs -- from icons like Elvis and Michael Jackson to Aaron Neville and Sylvester Stallone -- to life onstage. The Golden Nugget also boasts a rotating lineup of the hottest headliners in music and comedy with their 52 Fridays Concert Series performing every Friday throughout 2015. From Grammy award-winning artists and legendary tribute bands to country music hall of famers and epic classic rock bands, you can catch it all here.The other thing you have to see while you're at the Golden Nugget is, well, an actual golden nugget. Dubbed The Hand of Faith, the biggest golden nugget in existence (61 pounds!) is showcased at the hotel. It was found in Australia in 1980 and was sold to the Golden Nugget for more than a million dollars. See it on display in the lobby and snap a quick selfie with it. Look ma I discovered gold in Vegas!The Golden Nugget takes its gold pretty seriously. Not only can you see a massive piece of gold on display at the hotel you can also shop for gold in an ATM. The hotel is one of only three locations in North America to have a Gold to Go ATM, which is basically a vending machine for gold. The ATM is always online and updates prices every 10 minutes based on current gold spot prices. Along with gold bars of various weights ranging between one gram and one ounce, the vending machine also sells traditional gold coins and Golden Nugget souvenir pieces. We can't think of a better way to commemorate your stay at the hotel.
 

How easy is it to catch the Deuce Bus or get to the monrail to get to strip from the Golden Nugget?

There was a bus stop right around the corner off the front entrance of the Golden Nugget. Not sure about the Monorail. I heard that only for the strip, which the nugget is not a part of.
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