JohnfromUK
 
 
 
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When it comes to comedy and magic with an edge, Mike Hammer nails it. With more than 25 years of performing under his belt, Hammer is a master at making quick-witted comebacks and improvising with the audience. Hammer's hard-hitting show features mind reading, double-edged razor blade swallowing, gags, pranks and all out mayhem.Every show is unique and includes a large amount of audience participation. Be ready. For audiences at his show, it's time to get Hammer'd.Before landing in Vegas, Hammer entertained audiences across the country with his interactive routine. He's performed for thousands of companies, colleges, comedy clubs and casinos. His corporate clients include Sony, Dell, Toyota, Lexus and Harrah's to name a few. Aside from magic, he's worked as a game show host for numerous national clients. Hammer also performs as a master of ceremonies and presenter including acting as ring announcer for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions in Vegas.
 
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fromRotherham, UK
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
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Purchase Frequency:Less than once every few years
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
Yes, I recommend this product.
Good mix of magic and comedy.
PostedJune 5, 2014
Lots of audience participation. Although obviously scripted, the audience is drawn into his world.Very good close up skills and great at making his 'victims' at ease. Good show (around an hour) but could do with being a little longer.
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You have probably seen him on television performing incredible illusions such as making the Statue of Liberty disappear, navigating the rapids of Niagara Falls and flying over the Grand Canyon. Master magician David Copperfield seems to have done it all. His show in Las Vegas is a unique opportunity for audiences to see these larger-than- life illusions performed live and up close in the Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand.Of course he can't exactly re-create all of them, but he demonstrates similar and equally amazing illusions using objects that are more suitable for a stage setting.Copperfield alludes to an illusion he did where he walked through the Great Wall of China and then explains that he is going to re-create that same illusion using a large metal sheet as the indestructible medium through which he will effortlessly pass.The metal sheet is placed on a raised platform, and Copperfield has two audience members come on stage to test it out by walking on it and hitting it with a rubber hammer.Next, he lies under the piece of metal, and four assistants hold a sheet over Copperfield and the platform. The assistants spin the platform around proving to the audience that there is no way out except by going through the metal. First you see just a finger poking through and then, within seconds, he miraculously appears on top of the metal sheet.This is just one of the mind-boggling magic tricks that he performs in the show. As the epitome of master magicians, Copperfield takes his illusions to another level of excitement and awe. Instead of doing the typical box trick where a woman is sliced in half, he locks himself in a box that begins to shrink in size. He smiles at the audience while moving his hands and feet as the box gets so small the entire length of his body has been reduced to mere inches.The box gradually gets bigger and Copperfield hops onto the stage saying, "that's how they made mini me," before moving on to his next illusion. He integrates his casual and comical personality into every act, resulting in laughter from the crowd.Audience interaction is a big part of the show as he incorporates a person picked at random for almost every illusion. You might even see him doing magic right in front of your seat when he performs illusions while standing in the audience. For one illusion he asks a woman to join him in the aisle on the side of the theater. He asks the woman to examine a piece of tissue paper before he rolls it into a ball and makes it levitate and dance along his arm with the tap of a finger.Unlike other magic shows in Las Vegas, Copperfield does not implement flashy showgirls, dancing or over the top production elements to supplement his illusions. His magic has enough of a wow factor on its own.His expertise as a magician dates back to when he was just 12 years old and started performing professionally. That same year he also became the youngest person ever to be admitted to the Society of American Magicians. From there, Copperfield went on to teach a course on magic at New York University when he was 16.During his first year in college, Copperfield starred in the Chicago musical, "The Magic Man," and as a result of the show's success he was selected to host ABC's "The Magic of ABC." From there he was offered his own series of specials with CBS titled "The Magic of David Copperfield." The series has been aired in over 40 countries.His illustrious career has made him a Guinness Book of World Record holder for having 21 Emmys, and he has a star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame." Apart from his revue in Vegas, he continues to tour, performing sold out shows around the world.His enduring presence as a magician and integration into pop culture and even postage stamps proves that Copperfield's magic has no boundaries.He even demonstrates his ability to predict the future in an act where he gets people from the audience to provide him with different numbers that he later pulls from a box that has been hanging above the stage for the entire show.If just having the numbers on paper is not impressive enough, Copperfield also reveals a cassette tape with a recording of himself reciting the numbers that he plays for the audience. It is an astonishing feat that amazes everyone with the impossibility of it all.-- By Caroline Fontein
 
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fromRotherham, UK
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Myself
Purchase Frequency:Less than once every few years
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
Yes, I recommend this product.
Prepare to be amazed
PostedJune 5, 2014
OMG!!! Illusions within illusions within ........ you get the picture. Seeing David Copperfield on TV only whets the appetite for a live show and I was not disappointed. Not only does the show begin before the show with assistants setting up props used later on in full view but then he repeats some illusions in the middle of the audience. Truly a master of his craft.
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Considered one of the largest indoor shooting facility in Nevada, The Range 702 offers customers the ultimate adventure. Have a safe and exciting experience with 25 shooting lanes that incorporate the latest advancements, equipment and technology in the firearms industry.Packages have something for everyone, including first-time shooters. Other themed packages include zombies, "Black Ops" (for all the the "Call of Duty" fans), Femme Fatale and Prohibition. The Range 702 also includes a cafeteria, LCD flat-screen televisions, a firearms retail store and a classroom for training. The VIP lounge consists of seven lanes, a secluded private entrance, a hostess, a bar, sports drinks, three flat-screen televisions with state-of-the-art surround sound, a pool table and a private restroom. The spacious retail area carries a variety of products, including clothing and accessories.
 
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fromRotherham, UK
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Myself
Purchase Frequency:Less than once every few years
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
Yes, I recommend this product.
Good for first timers
PostedJune 5, 2014
Good for first timers but as an experienced shooter felt rushed which did detract a little.
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Experience all aspects of the Grand Canyon as this tour takes you over the edge, through and to the bottom of the canyon plus travel down the Colorado River on a pontoon boat.Your tour begins with shuttle transportation from your hotel to Boulder City's air terminal. There you will board a helicopter for a ride to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. On your flight you will see views of Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the volcanic Black Mountains, Grapevine Mesa and the Grand Wash Cliffs. When you reach the Grand Canyon, your helicopter will descend 4,000 feet to the bottom where you will have about 30 minutes to explore before boarding a pontoon boat.Guests will enjoy a one-mile trip (about 10 - 15 minutes) floating down the Colorado River.You will then return by helicopter to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon where you will be transported to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, located on the Hualapai Reservation.At the West Rim enjoy VIP front-of-line pass to the Skywalk, a 65-foot U-shaped walkway that extends over the rim of the canyon offering unobstructed views. Cameras are not allowed on the Skywalk, but your tour includes a souvenir photo. While at the Skywalk, you will also enjoy a snack.Your experience concludes with a helicopter trip back to Boulder City's air terminal and then a shuttle back to your hotel.For each guest weighing more than 300 pounds, an adjacent empty seat is required to safely balance the aircraft. Tour company will charge a reduced rate for the adjacent seat at the time of check-in.
 
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fromRotherham, UK
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Myself
Purchase Frequency:Less than once every few years
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
Yes, I recommend this product.
Great trip!
PostedJune 5, 2014
Great trip - only problem was the pick up/drop off. Although was advised of a change in pickup time by Vegas.com (booked through them); was not advised that the only pickup point Downtown was from the Golden Nugget and not from the hotel where I was staying - 4 Queens - and where all the documentation advised I would be picked up from. This was only ascertained after waiting for the pickup and phoning Vegas.com to ask where the driver/vehicle was. This then meant a run between the two hotels to find the driver/vehicle. BEWARE!!!!!
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The only thing missing from the rock 'n' roll extravaganza that is Rock of Ages at The Venetian is the smell of marijuana wafting over the audience.Rock of Ages takes you back to the days of rock 'n' roll hedonism where big bands had big egos, big hair and played big guitar solos. So complete is the experience that for 90 minutes, you'll believe it's 1987, Ronald Reagan is president, leather miniskirts and jean jackets are cool, mullets are a fashionable hair style, and bands like Poison, Guns 'n' Roses, Whitesnake and Journey are climbing the Billboard charts.Set at the fictional Bourbon Room on L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip, Rock of Ages chronicles the love story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of fame (cue song).Throwing a wrench in their plans is a greedy German developer who wants to transform the Sunset Strip (and the Bourbon Room) from sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll to lattes, legwarmers and strip malls. Complicating matters further is the egotistical machinations of Stacee Jaxx, lead singer of the hit band Arsenal, who's splitting the band up to go solo.Powering the whole show is a string of  '80s rock anthems (more than 30) including "Sister Christian," "We Built This City," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "I Wanna Know What Love Is," "Any Way You Want it," "I Wanna Rock," "Oh Sherrie," "Here I Go Again," "Don't Stop Believin'" and many, many more.  Although Rock of Ages is billed as a musical -- it was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical -- it's really an arena rock show with the requisite powerhouse lead singers, amazing band, loads of concert memorabilia being hawked outside the theater and beer being sold by the can in the theater. Just like any self-respecting rock fans -- the audience at Rock of Ages sings along with the songs, raises their (LED) lighters during the ballads and dances through the finale.Driving the whole experience is a powerhouse performance by the onstage fictional band Arsenal. In the Vegas show, Arsenal is composed of real life rockers Chris Cicchino (lead guitar), Andy Gerold (guitarist), Alan Childs (drums) and Dan Grennes (bass). Playing what amounts to a rock concert every night, Arsenal brings down the house with blistering renditions of your favorite '80s hits. Ladies, get your Arsenal groupie shirts now. No rock show would be complete without a lead singer (or two). Becca Kotte and Justin Mortelliti (Sherrie and Drew) bring the vocal attitude you want in rock star. But with this ensemble cast, the supporting performers all get a chance to shine. Jon Robert Hall as Stacee Jaxx is a potent combination of sleaze and sex appeal. But it is Mark Shunock as Lonny and Matt Meigs as Franz who slide in and out of scenes stealing the limelight with wickedly humorous moments.If you love big hair, big laughs, glam rock and a great storyline, this is one show you won't want to miss.  -- By Jennifer Whitehair
 
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fromRotherham, UK
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Myself
Purchase Frequency:Less than once every few years
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
Yes, I recommend this product.
OMG!!!!!!!!
PostedJune 2, 2014
What a show. Booked because of the film and was not disappointed. A great night out. Will try to see the touring version in the UK if possible.
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When it comes to comedy and magic with an edge, Mike Hammer nails it. With more than 25 years of performing under his belt, Hammer is a master at making quick-witted comebacks and improvising with the audience. Hammer's hard-hitting show features mind reading, double-edged razor blade swallowing, gags, pranks and all out mayhem.Every show is unique and includes a large amount of audience participation. Be ready. For audiences at his show, it's time to get Hammer'd.Before landing in Vegas, Hammer entertained audiences across the country with his interactive routine. He's performed for thousands of companies, colleges, comedy clubs and casinos. His corporate clients include Sony, Dell, Toyota, Lexus and Harrah's to name a few. Aside from magic, he's worked as a game show host for numerous national clients. Hammer also performs as a master of ceremonies and presenter including acting as ring announcer for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competitions in Vegas.
 

Does the higher priced ticket for Mike Hammer provide a better seat than the general admission ticket?

Yes. I paid for the VIP line pass package and was seated first (front row) but was first in line anyway. Doors open 6.40 for 7.00 start, but as was staying in the 4 Queens was able to see that on other days the line began forming around 6.20/6.25. It would still be advisable to get there early as the line starts as one and then splits into VIP and GA. As to whether they know how many seats/rows/tables to hold for VIPs arriving late, sorry cannot advise. Theatre is flat, not tiered, so seats/rows/tables further back may have viewing issues.
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