When visiting Las Vegas, one of the things I most enjoy is taking in a handful of shows. And I’m a huge fan of magic shows. Whether you’re talking about the classic card tricks / pulling a rabbit out of a hat kind of magic show or a show with a huge amount of spectacle, I’m there. I just love magic shows.
My 3 favorite magic shows in Las Vegas
But oftentimes, trips to Vegas can be for a long weekend, so you may not always get enough time to soak in all of the shows that are available. So to get a great feel for the “Vegas magic show experience,” I’d like to recommend three of my favorite shows.
Let’s start small and work our way up.
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream
One of my favorite things about a magic show is how it can make me feel. Feeling amazed yet also inspired is something I look for in a show. And one of the magicians who knows how to make you feel while you’re being amazed is Xavier Mortimer.
Drawing from the vaudeville tradition, Mortimer’s show is not just about magic. It’s also about love. His magic show tells a charming love story and really captures the emotions of being in love. And is there anything more magical than being in love?
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His Magical Dream is just that – a dreamscape that draws you into his world where the impossible is possible and love conquers all. It’s an intimate show in a small theater in Planet Hollywood. This show is less about spectacle and more about its story told through magic tricks. It has a lot of heart and is an absolutely charming show.
When we saw the show, my husband was one of the people selected at random from the audience. Now, he’s a skeptic who enjoys trying to figure out how the magic trick works. I don’t want to give away the trick, but he still marvels at how the it was done. And I’m happy to confirm that he was not an audience plant. We had no idea he was going to be selected to participate.
Out of the three magic shows I’m recommending, this is my favorite.
If you’re travelling with your kids, Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is family friendly and appropriate for kids 5 and up.
Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic Show
You may remember Nathan Burton from America’s Got Talent.
Burton won over the America’s Got Talent audience and has since been invited back as a guest performer. Now, he has his own magic show in Las Vegas. When you go see his magic show, Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic, you’ll get to experience some of the tricks from AGT in person as well as some new ones. And like a true Vegas show, it’s got something for everyone. It’s funny, it’s got spectacle, and it’s got great magic tricks that leave you puzzling as to how he did them.
Burton’s show is at the Saxe Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops, so if you’re planning to catch Xavier Mortimer’s show too, you can easily see Nathan Burton’s magic show in the afternoon, grab a bite to eat at Gordon Ramsey’s BurGR (on the ground level of the Planet Hollywood hotel) if you’re looking for something gourmet casual before or after the show, and then head upstairs to catch Magical Dream in the evening. Another great choice if you’re looking for something tasty but you’re a bit pressed for time is to grab a bite to eat at Planet Dailies as it’s just a short walk inside the Planet Hollywood hotel. Two magic shows in one day! That’s how I roll!
Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic is family friendly. There are showgirls in the show, but it’s similar to what you see in the YouTube clip. I’d recommend his show for audiences 10 and up.
The Saxe Theater
Nathan Burton shares the Saxe Theater with other shows like Vegas! The Show which is a traditional Vegas review, and Beatleshow Orchestra – an homage to The Beatles. So if you plan ahead, you can also see multiple shows in consecutive seatings if you would like to hit the Vegas trifecta – see some great magic, a showgirl review and listen to some great music all in one place. When we went, we enjoyed watching multiple shows in one day. We saw Nathan Burton’s show and Recycled Percussion, which is another great show now on tour; it has been replaced by the Beatles show.
Your trip to Las Vegas is incomplete without seeing an icon perform. With a long history of fantastic, world-famous events, seeing David Copperfield live at least once in your life is something for your bucket list.
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David Copperfield’s magic shows have it all. Astounding magic, lots of audience participation, puzzling tricks that you think you can figure out and then realize that he’s turned it completely around, all the spectacle you can ask for, and a lot of heartfelt entertainment. I’d be lying if I failed to admit that his magic show causes me to tear up. He really knows how to entertain and pull your heart strings.
His show is out of this world, and when you see it, you’ll know why I said that.
Copperfield’s show is at the MGM Grand, and I recommend making a night of it. Enjoying a lovely dinner at Hakkasan before or after the show is a great way to experience the magic of David Copperfield.
David Copperfield’s show is family friendly. It’s lengthy, so if you are traveling with kids, I’d recommend seeing one of the early shows. Also there are aliens and UFOs, so if your child is frightened by that, you may wish to take note. I would recommend his show for ages 10 and up as well, although his website recommends the show for ages 5 and up.
Showtimes and where to get tickets
I like to plan my trips ahead of time to save time and money. You can find tickets for these shows on Trip Advisor.
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is nightly at 7:00 pm at Planet Hollywood. The theater is dark on Wednesdays.
Nathan Burton’s Comedy Magic show is in the afternoon at 4:00 pm at the Saxe Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops, next door to the Planet Hollywood hotel. The show is dark on Mondays.
David Copperfield’s show has multiple seatings. During the week, you can see the show at 7:00 and 9:00 pm. On Saturdays, there is an additional 4:00 seating. There’s not a particular day of the week that the show is dark, but he does take a week off here and there so be sure to check his calendar to see if your trip aligns with his performance dates.
Have a great time and let us know how you enjoy the shows!
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