At the recent Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at Mandalay Bay Events Center, headliner Dave Chappelle talked about going to visit the Pawn Stars shop, and someone from the audience shouted, “Why?”
It was a volunteer performance at age 5 that set Lance Burton on his path to becoming a magician. The young Burton was called onstage, had quarters pulled from his ears and was hooked. Less than 15 years later, and with numerous magic awards to his credit, Burton first performed onstage in Las Vegas in Folies Bergere. The young magician made quite an impression in Las Vegas, and in 1996 began what would become a 14-year run for Lance Burton: Master Magician in his very own Lance Burton Theatre at the Monte Carlo.
After 14 years, Lance Burton’s magic show at the Monte Carlo will be coming to an end. Burton, who has performed at the casino since 1996, recalled for Vegas Seven that he has had many dignitaries in his audience. “I was really excited when Mohammed Ali came to see the show. We are from the same town in Kentucky. When I introduced him and he stood up, the entire audience jumped to their feet and gave him a two-minute standing ovation.” But his favorite audience member was a little child from England. Burton brought the kid onstage to assist with an illusion. Burton recalls the exchange: