Mike Weatherford decided to take another look at Lance Burton this week. Sure, the Vegas staple and magic legend has been around for 12 years at the Monte Carlo but since the new Cirque du Soleil show down the block was so adament about “reinventing” magic, Mike wanted to see how the old school was doing.
The good news for Lance, Mike still likes what he sees.
At least the guy has exacting standards. For something new to go in, it has to be as good as the classics. It may be simple, Burton tells the audience at one point, but “the question we ask is this: Is the trick done well?”
And the answer is yes, from his opening speed-of-light work with birds, to the Corvette that appears, then vanishes again with a young lad chosen from the audience. The stunt that followed the question isn’t so shabby either: Burton instantly switches places with the Lovely Assistant, who is apparently trapped amid the swords skewered into a clear cabinet.
Interestingly, Mike does publish what we’d previously only heard whispers of. Lance’s contract at the Monte Carlo expires next June and word around the camp fire was that MGM (which owns both the Carlo and the Luxor) was only interested in keeping one name magician around. Since Angel was penciled in to be the golden child, that would have meant Lance was that odd man out.
…it seems just as likely that it’s Angel who won’t make it until Burton’s next anniversary in June, and that Burton will keep rolling along as he always has. Unless … Burton moves a few doors down? “Lance Burton Believe”? In magic, anything is possible.
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