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Criss Angel Premieres All-New Headlining Show, Mindfreak®, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Saturday Jan. 19

World-Famous Illusionist Captivates Sold-Out, Star-Studded Audience During Grand Opening Performance

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On Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, world-renowned illusionist Criss Angel marked his return to his original Las Vegas home by celebrating the highly-anticipated grand opening of Criss Angel MINDFREAK®, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Debuting never-before-seen sequences – including 75 of Angel’s iconic signature illusions – the state-of-the-art theatrical production featured countless fully immersive special effects, transporting audience members into Angel’s mystical world of MINDFREAK. Additionally, The Criss Angel Theater welcomed guests to Las Vegas’ first high-tech experiential lobby with cutting-edge interactive elements, and a fully reimagined stage outfitted with the most sophisticated technological production the world of entertainment has ever seen.  The visual feast includes more than 500 million pixels of video on over 90 surfaces, more lights than any show on the planet, custom-made fire & pyrotechnic effects, and advanced 3D holographic and immersive technology.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8479651-criss-angel-mindfreak-planet-hollywood-las-vegas/

The evening began with a star-studded red carpet to commemorate the monumental reveal and welcome MINDFREAK to Planet Hollywood. Angel’s family, celebrity friends, guests and colleagues were seen sharing their excitement and posing for photos ahead of showtime, including Gary Oldman, Academy-Award winning actor, Jonathan Davis, lead vocalist and front man for KORN, Lance Burton, renowned magician and former Las Vegas headliner, Vegas legend Wayne Newton, celebrated performer and Las Vegas headliner, Jonathan & Drew Scott, stars of Property Brothers on HGTV, Mark Davis, owner and managing general partner of the Oakland Raiders, Randy Couture, TV personality and 6X UFC Champion, Flavor Flav, rapper and television personality, Kevin Olusola, beatboxer/bass for Pentatonix,Lita Ford, former lead guitarist for the Runaways, Carrot Top, stand-up comedian and Las Vegas headliner, Lala Kent, star of Vanderpump Rules, Randall Emmett, film and television producer, DJ Paul, founding member of Three 6 Mafia, Paul Kemsley, property developer and television personality, Jeff Timmons, founding member of 98 Degrees, and Mike HammerLas Vegas comedian and magician.

Following Angel’s 15-years-in-the-making signature levitation finale – hailed by his peers as the greatest illusion of all time – and multiple standing ovations, Angel was met on stage by executives from Caesars Entertainment and BASE Entertainment who surprised him with a $10,000 donation to Angel’s Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation. After reveling in the excitement, guests were treated to a private after party thrown for Angel by Robert Earl, Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood, where they sipped on libations, danced to beats by DJ Josh Bliss, and congratulated Angel for the evening’s overwhelming success. Named “#1 Magician on the Planet” by the Las Vegas Sun,Angel thanked those who attended and continued to enjoy the gala saying, “Opening MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood has been a conceptual dream for 20 years and I’m so honored to experience this journey alongside those who have supported me from the start. MINDFREAK is a show designed to overload the senses and I would not have been able to create such an insane, monumental production without the incredible work of the entire MINDFREAK team, the best partners in the business, friends and family far and wide, and of course my loyal fans.”

The Criss Angel MINDFREAK residency performs in the Criss Angel Theater, Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. with select dates including an additional performance at 9:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit CrissAngel.comTicketmaster.com/crissangel, the Criss Angel Theater box office or by calling (855) 234-7469. Criss Angel MINDFREAK was created, directed, and produced by Criss Angel for APWI and is presented by Caesars Entertainment and BASE Entertainment.

Criss AngelMINDFREAK – A show like no other…Are you ready?

About Criss Angel
For more than a decade, Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic as the biggest name on the planet.  From his role as star, creator, executive producer and director of Criss Angel MINDFREAK on A&E, to countless critically acclaimed television specials, best-selling books, top-grossing retail products, sold-out touring shows and more, Criss is the most influential and imitated magician of the modern era.

His acclaimed series MINDFREAK on A&E is the most successful magic show in television history, resulting in more hours of magic during prime time than any magic show ever. His decade-long live show residency at Luxor Las Vegas was hailed as the “#1 Best-selling Magic Show in Las Vegas” (Extra) and “The #1 Magic Show of All Time!” (Las Vegas Review-Journal) and generated $150 million in revenue in 2010 as reported by Newsweek.

Angel is also the most watched magician in television and internet history, a YouTube sensation. His “Walk on Water” clip has generated over 60 million views alone, and all of his clips combined have generated more than 300 million views. Criss has the largest social media following of any illusionist, with over six million followers.

In 2017, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Criss with the 2,615th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was dedicated at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard next to the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and across the street from the star of Houdini.

Criss has been named “Magician of the Year” an unprecedented six times, was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame, was named the first recipient of “Magician of the Decade,” as well as “Magician of the Century” and “Innovator of the Decade.”  Most recently, Angel was given the highest honor in the magical arts – the Lifetime Achievement Award from the largest and most prestigious magic organization in the world (the nearly one hundred-year-old International Brotherhood of Magicians).  It has only been given five times in the IBM’s history, and Criss is the youngest artist ever to receive it and the only magician performing today that has been presented with this award.

For more information, visit CrissAngel.com or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CrissAngel.

About BASE Entertainment 
BASE Entertainment develops, creates, and manages live entertainment productions and venues in North America and worldwide from offices in New YorkLos AngelesLas Vegas and Houston.  In addition to Criss Angel MINDFREAK, BASE’s current productions in Las Vegas include Magic Mike Live Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Nitro Circus, coming to Bally’s Hotel & Casino in the summer of 2019.  Past productions in Las Vegas include Absinthe, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Jersey Boys, Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular, Peepshow, Wayne Brady and Stomp Out loud, among others.  Current productions from BASE Hologram, a new division of BASE Entertainment which combines holographic film and AR technology with live performers and other production stagecraft to deliver worldwide touring concerts and theatricals/spectacles and museum and location-based residencies, including Roy Orbison – In Dreams, Callas in Concert, and Jack Horner’s World of Dinosaurs. BASE Entertainment’s founders and partners include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger and Beverly Hills-based private equity firm Clarity Partners.  For more information please visit BASEentertainment.com.

About Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Celebrating 10 years, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of the famed Las Vegas Strip, with 2,500 beautifully redesigned guest rooms and suites showcasing some of the best views in town, along with endless options of unparalleled shopping, distinguished dining, popular entertainment and a bustling nightlife. A bright, bold addition to the resort’s portfolio, the new Ultra-Hip Rooms feature contemporary elegance and luxury bedding. Known as the place to play for its roster of A-list celebrity guests, Planet Hollywood’s 231 newly restyled suites feature stunning views of the glittering skyline and daring décor elements such as suspended sofas, lounge-style living spaces and oversized modern artwork. The resort encompasses more than 100,000 square-feet of gaming, several lounges, impressive restaurants including Gordon Ramsay Burger, KOI, Strip House, and the award-winning Spice Market Buffet, an intimate wedding chapel and the Planet Hollywood Spa by Mandara. The resort also features The Scene Pool Deck with the Strip’s first and only stand-alone wave machine, the FlowRider. Home to the first pop music residency in Las Vegas, Zappos Theater showcases resident headliners Backstreet Boys and Gwen Stefani. Magician Criss Angel performs an over-the-top visual spectacular of “Criss Angel MINDFREAK®” in the newly-renovated Criss Angel Theater. The property is encircled by Miracle Mile Shops with more than 170 specialty stores and restaurants. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit planethollywoodresort.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room.  Find Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Iconic Strip Resort Unveils New Name SAHARA Las Vegas

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Thursday, June 27 marked the dawn of a new era in the evolution of Las Vegas as businessman Alex Meruelo unveiled the return of SAHARA to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. In a city known for over-the-top spectacle, Meruelo upped the ante with a dramatic announcement event revealing the resort name in a bold display of modern engineering. In a first for Las Vegas, the custom-made production featured a dynamic Intel® Shooting Star ™ drone light show, 3D projection mapping and dazzling pyrotechnics display – paving the way for the distinctive return of an icon.

Just prior to the reveal, Meruelo addressed a crowd of more than 700 special guests, which included local dignitaries, celebrities, hotel guests and team members. Meruelo shared his vision for the iconic resort, his love of Las Vegas and long-held desire to make his mark on The Strip.

“We are committed to delivering an intimate, unexpected and memorable visit for our guests. We want people who stay with us to say, ‘My God what an experience!’ because experience leads to memories. And, that’s what we want to create, memories and experiences you won’t forget.

“To do that, we had to find the right resort,” Meruelo continued. “And, this is the right resort. We can make a big impact here at this iconic location. Our property is just the right size to deliver the bold, yet personalized, experiences that made visitors first fall in love with Las Vegas.”

Meruelo, who is the founder of The Meruelo Group and owner of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, acquired the property in April of last year and quickly embarked upon a more than $100 million transformation that, to date, has included upgrades to the casino floor, hotel rooms and corridors as well as additions to its award-winning culinary program. Meruelo’s debut comes at a time when there are few sole proprietors left along the Las Vegas Strip. As a life-long entrepreneur with a track record of business success, Meruelo expressed his commitment to continual improvement and investment in SAHARA Las Vegas ensuring the resort remains both timeless yet modern so that guests will want to return time and time again.

“The SAHARA played an important role in the evolution of the destination,” Meruelo said. “And, we are now responsible for shaping a new narrative. We are writing the next chapter in the city’s evolution, for the love of Vegas.”

Joining Meruelo in his quest is an experienced leadership team led by General Manager Paul Hobson. Hobson, who greeted the crowd and welcomed Meruelo to the stage, presided over the property’s re-branding and is responsible for bringing Meruelo’s vision to life.

“The team here knows that we’re part of something special,” said Hobson. “Every member of the team, from leadership to the front line, is excited to welcome SAHARA back to Las Vegas. And, we are excited for our guests to join us on this journey, experience the many changes taking place on property and offer them unparalleled service. Our design team has labored over every detail, bringing a style and sophistication that we believe our guests will immediately appreciate.”

The debut of the new name is part of a series of renovations for the boutique Strip resort that will continue well into 2020. Additional enhancements are scheduled to begin later this year including updates to the hotel lobby and guest check-in with additional improvements to be announced in the coming months.

“Our naming reveal is really just the beginning,” continued Hobson. “The announcement event is demonstrative of the unexpected experiences our guests will find at SAHARA. We are creating an inviting, modern resort experience brimming with surprising details that will leave our guests feeling wowed every time they set foot on property.”

The SAHARA Las Vegas reveal event featured 250 Intel® Shooting Star ™ drones, which are designed for entertainment purposes and capable of creating more than four billion color combinations to light up the sky. The spectacle, which featured dynamic aerial imagery including spinning slot reels and winning black jack hands, included 3D projection mapping that paid homage to Las Vegas’ glamourous past as well as a choreographed dance lead-in led by a troupe of authentic Las Vegas showgirls and dancers. The grand finale, which revealed the new SAHARA name and logo, married the best of Intel® Shooting Star ™ drone technology, 3D projection mapping and pyrotechnics.

SAHARA Las Vegas features 1,615 guest suites, more than 95,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a collection of entertainment venues, lounges, three distinctive pools, a luxurious spa and acclaimed restaurants, including the award-winning BAZAAR Meat by Jose Andres. New additions to the resort also include a soon-to-be-revealed high limit gaming space and the newly debuted CASBAR lounge. To follow the transformation of SAHARA Las Vegas or to book your stay, visit ForTheLoveofVegas.com.

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David Copperfield – An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion

Not to be missed

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Seeing is believing
David Copperfield is a legendary showman who’s been hailed by audiences and critics alike as the “greatest illusionist of our time.” In addition to decades of television events, worldwide tours and a critically acclaimed Broadway show, Copperfield continues to confound and delight audiences with his unbelievable illusions and charming stories. Experiencing a Copperfield show is proof that “magic is as vast as the imagination.”

Elevate the Magic
The David Copperfield Meet & Greet experience includes front row seats, a meet & greet with David himself, a photo with you and David (wallet size, additional photo sizes are available for purchase) an autographed 8×10 headshot and an extra magical experience just for you!

Venue -Walking Directions
FROM THE MGM GRAND FRONT DESK
From the front desk, start walking through the casino floor and take a left toward Whiskey Down. Continue walking left past the M life Desk and the Theater will be on your left.

FROM THE STRIP
From the Las Vegas Strip, walk toward Hakkasan and TAP Sports Bar. Continue walking straight through the casino floor past the Poker Room and Cashier. The theater will be on your right.

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Chippendales Theater at Rio Las Vegas

Check out the sexiest male revue show in Las Vegas.

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Strap in and ride the high as Vegas’ sexiest cast on the strip turns up the heat with their heart-thumping choreography to the hottest billboard hits paired with immersive multimedia visuals. Dance and scream with reckless abandon during the 75-minute display of pure energy and entertainment while watching The Men strip, sing, and swag their way into your *ahem* hearts. Grind with our cast on stage, in the audience, or simply enjoy the eye candy from the comfort of your VIP table—there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re there with your closest friends or a full-on crew, Chippendales is the perfect place to party it up for your bachelorette bash, birthday festivities, newly-single celebrations or an unforgettable night out in Vegas. Skip those FOMO feelings and grab your tickets to experience Vegas’ #1 voted male revue for 6 years in a row… you’ll never forget your first time. Let’s do this!

Named “the most-wanted men in Vegas!” by ET’s, The Insider, Chippendales is the go-to male revue in Las Vegas for girls looking to let loose and have a great night out. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, a bachelorette party, a divorce party or a dirty thirty… Chippendales promises to be the highlight of your trip. The show, a 75-minute interactive experience, combines the hottest guys with the hottest music to create the hottest party in Las Vegas. Some call them male strippers… some call them sexy men… some call them entertainers…. Call them whatever you want, this is the male revue millions of women around the world are talking about. Grab your girlfriends and head to Rio All-Suite, Chippendales guarantees you will leave with a smile!

Grab a cocktail at Flirt Lounge opening an hour before the show begins, watch the show, and enjoy the meet and greet with the famed hunks afterward. Want to keep the party going? All tickets include VIP admission to the Voodoo Lounge atop the Rio.

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Voted 2017’s “Best Male Revue” by Las Vegas Review Journal Editor’s and Reader’s Pick!
Want to get on stage? Make sure the guys know it!
Pre-party before the show and get up close and personal with the guys after the show both in the Flirt Lounge
All tickets come with VIP admission to Voodoo Lounge atop the Rio, offering the best view in Vegas
Ticket Limits: For groups of 6 or more, please contact the Chippendales group sales department at 1-866-CHIP-999 or send an email.

PLEASE NOTE:
Must be 18 or older to attend
Men are welcome
No tipping
*Meet & Greet does not include celebrity hosts.

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