Las Vegas’ entertainment and nightlife industry incubates a culture of dramatic diversity. Some fringe performances (such as Amos Glick’s variety show) are off-the-beaten path, others take it to a main stage. And one will bring attention to an oft-ignored performer in Las Vegas: the female magician.
“There’s no other all-female variety show in Las Vegas,” producer Penny Wiggins says.
Wiggins (who plays Amazing Johnathan’s magic assistant Psychic Tanya) presents her all-female variety show She-Nanigans on March 29. In addition to magicians Sophie Evans and Juliana Chen (a world champion from China), the show includes aerial work, comedy, dancing, singing and juggling by some of Vegas’ most talented female artists looking for their time in the spotlight. Wiggins hosts as MC Coco Channel.
It’s tough for female magicians to get booked in Vegas because of the prominence of the many male magicians, Wiggins says. Other than former Riviera headliner Scarlett–Princess of Magic (who has her own off-stage shenanigans involving an ex-boyfriend/manager and a domestic battery charge), there are few well-known female magicians. Wiggins wants to change that, and she hopes it’ll start with audience demand at the Harmon Theater.