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Las Vegas' Got Talent

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July 24, 2019

When Simon Cowell brought America’s Got Talent to NBC in 2006, one could never imagine the impact the show would have for entertainment in Las Vegas. While the show awards a performance on the Las Vegas Strip and $1 million, it has resulted in four of its alum becoming resident performers, all with theatres named in their honor.

 

Terry Fator became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of America’s Got Talent with his unique brand of entertainment that combines singing, comedy, and unparalleled celebrity impressions. He performs in the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment, has been running since 2009. He has been voted Best of Las Vegas in various categories, each year since 2011.

“Ever since winning, I have made sure to give back to various organizations that hold a special place in my heart,” said Fator.

“To that end, I have started the Terry Fator Foundation. This foundation will allow me to increase support to the causes I have focused on over the last decade. All the profits from my merchandise sales at the Mirage Las Vegas, on the road and online have always gone to charity. This foundation will allow me to accept donations and also begin exploring charity shows with all profits benefiting worthwhile organizations.”

 

Mat Franco rose above hundreds of thousands of acts to become the first magician in history to win America’s Got Talent in season 9 (2014). Best known for his personality-driven, sleight-of-hand style of magic, Mat Franco's TV specials marked the first time NBC produced a spin-off show around their AGT winner. Franco is currently headlining at The LINQ Hotel and Casino at the Mat Franco Theatre.

Franco takes an innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by pure joy. Almost entirely self-taught, the Rhode Island native began staging his own shows before the age of 10 and quickly cultivated a performance style that highlighted his natural warmth and wit.

Magic Reinvented Nightly continues to receive rave reviews from fans and critics alike, paving the way for the renaming of the LINQ Theater to the Mat Franco Theater in summer 2017.  Franco has been voted Best of Las Vegas in 2016, 2017 & 2018.

 

With over 100 million online views, sold out shows across the US and Canada and a residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip, Piff the Magic Dragon has proved he’s here to stay.

Piff finished fifth for Season 10 (2015) of America's Got Talent. He returned for America's Got Talent: The Champions last year, where he was eliminated in the preliminaries. He has also appeared on Penn & Teller Fool Us television show.

Piff is joined by Mr. Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™, the dynamic duo has performed all over the world. Jade, Piff’s real-life wife also joins him on stage for each performance.

“I love the style and timing of Carol Burnett” said Jade, “we want to make sure the audience has a good experience in Las Vegas, and around the world.”

Jade is better known as Piff's Las Vegas Showgirl Assistant aka The Girl with The Dragon To Do List.

The showroom formerly known as Bugsy’s Cabaret, which is also home to X Burlesque in the Stabile Productions lineup, was renamed Piff The Magic Dragon Theater. He has won Best of Las Vegas two years in a row, finishing gold in the 2018 contest.

 

Tape Face finished in the top 10 of American’s Got Talent in Season 11 (2016). While he didn’t finish first, he is now in residency at Harrah’s in the theatre named for his act: The House of Tape. This silent sensation is an eccentric, whimsical experience that can be enjoyed by all ages, background and languages.

As seen on America’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent: The Champions, this is a comedy show with a difference. It’s utterly spectacular and endlessly inventive. Tape Face is the creation of New Zealand comedian Sam Wills, and he’s created a killer cast performing nightly (except Mondays) at The House of Tape inside Harrah's Las Vegas. This is sublime physical lunacy and a Vegas must see.

All four of these performers include the option to add the ultimate experience with VIP seating and a meet and greet with the cast. The meet and greets are before show times or just after.  Locals and visitors alike will enjoy this added experience, complete with laminated back-stage lanyards, gifts and photo opportunities to share on social media.

America’s Got Talent open calls for the 2020 season begin in November. They will be in Las Vegas on January 7, 2020 and Los Angeles on February 1, 2020. See full details at americasgottalentauditions.com.

All four America’s Got Talent performers have been nominated for the 2019 Best of Las Vegas.  Cast your vote prior to midnight, August 1, 2019 at bestoflasvegas.com.


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