Catch the Blue Guys, Dirk and Mac on the Cheap

Dirk Arthur Wild Illusions

Dirk Arthur Wild Illusions

Are you having visitors for the holidays? If so, you know they’re gonna want to catch a show during their stay. Here are three particularly good show plays that will serve you well when entertaining family and friends—or even if you’re just entertaining yourself.

Visitors tend to want to see an A-list show, and a current locals-only twofer from the Monte Carlo fills the bill. Until the end of the year, get 2-for-1 tickets to the Blue Man Group by calling 702-730-7010 and mentioning “locals.” You can also go to the box office with your local ID. This is a particularly strong offer, because the discount applies to three out of the four seating options, including the best seats and the least expensive ones. If you go for the latter, you’re looking at about $40 per ticket—a very good deal for Blue Man.

The second play is the new Dirk Arthur Wild Illusions at the Riviera. This is a fun show featuring “big magic” (you know, cars and helicopters disappearing and reappearing out of nowhere). One element of this production that you won’t find elsewhere is live tigers and other exotic cats onstage. Because of the success of Siegfried & Roy, this used to be a staple of Las Vegas magic shows, but no longer. The combo of big illusions and big cats makes this an excellent family-friendly option. This ticket is less than $50, but since the show recently opened at a slow time of year, half-price options will likely pop up, including one I’ve already found at

Finally, there’s my longtime choice for the best show value in town: The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s. There’s a lot to like with this one. For starters, it plays in the afternoon at 1 and 3 p.m., so you have an alternative to going out late. Mac’s show appeals to all ages, blending magic that will entertain the kids with sophisticated comedy for the adults. The best part, though, is the deal. If you pay retail, the cost is $33 (plus fees)—not bad, but there’s a much better way to go. For years, a special promotional offer has included admission and a drink for just $9.95. When you consider the drink’s value, it’s like getting the show for less than $5.

These promotional tickets used to be distributed in the Carnaval Court area, but no more (at least not consistently). Recently, they’ve been available in two places: the concierge desk in Harrah’s main registration area near the back and at the Total Rewards booth. Both hand them out with no special requirements. All you have to do is ask. If you try both locations and don’t get the tickets, don’t be shy; just go to the ticket counter and ask where they’re being distributed. They’ll tell you.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor.

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