Entertainment at The Strat
When it comes to the world of magic and mysticism, do you consider yourself a believer in the unknown? Well, it may surprise you that magician and master mentalist Banachek is a devoted nonbeliever, and trust us when we say that his skepticism is absolutely a gift to the world. Banachek’s current reputation as the world’s leading mentalist began when he was just 18 years old when Banachek and a friend signed up for a “scientific” study called Project Alpha. For the next four years, Banachek would use his arsenal of mentalist tricks to convince the newly founded McDonnell Laboratory for Psychical Research of Washington University. Some of these researchers were so convinced of Banachek’s “psychic abilities” that once he revealed the truth, they still refused to change their minds. Banachek has also partnered with multiple investigators to expose fraudulent psychics, mediums, and spiritualists who take advantage of the suffering and emotions of others for monetary gain. One of his most famous investigations was of the American televangelist Peter Popoff who he unmasked on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Carson in 1986. This must-see new show at The STRAT showcases the bewildering skill of Banachek, who Penn and Teller have boasted as “a magical thinker of deep, deep subtlety.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rock band Cheap Trick is coming to the STRAT to rock out Las Vegas for two legendary weekends in February and March 2022. Beginning in 1973, Cheap Trick found fame in Japan with their second album, In Color, released in 1977. Their American rise to stardom wouldn’t be until 1979 when their live album Cheap Trick in Budokan reached the U.S. Top 10 charts that included the killer song “Want You To Want Me.” The band has been consistently touring throughout the decades, performing in over 3,700 live shows and selling over 20 million albums in the process. Their newest album, In Another World, was released this past year in April, which means that their current tour features all of your classic favorites along with plenty of their new work.
Get ready to be amazed when immersive wireless lighting technology merges with, music, dance, and plenty of laughs perfect for the whole family. Named the “Best Act in America” by America’s Got Talent, iLuminate has brought their unique, imaginative idea to the Las Vegas stage. The brainchild of dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate has guest starred with artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, and Christina Aguilera and appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Voice,” “The X Factor,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Good Morning America.” The show leads audiences through an electrifying performance that takes place in the dark. Masterful choreography pairs with LED light technology to create a unique visual experience where dancers appear and disappear, musical instruments float in the air, and body isolations combine for interesting formations. Each new scene creates a unique “room” that transforms the stage over and over again. iLuminate is one of Vegas’ most fascinating new shows, and as a finalist on America’s Got Talent, you know it’s going to be fantastic. So grab you’re tickets today, because iLuminate is an experience that’s sure to be the most fun you’ll ever have in the dark.
There’s a lot of magic in Las Vegas, but how many magicians can say they’re a former Cirque du Soleil performer and a multi-billionaire of views on social media? Illusionist Xavier Mortimer can. And he’s bringing comedy and enchantment together to create a dream world of magic at The STRAT Las Vegas. The first Cirque performer to make the leap from ensemble role to headlining a permanent Vegas show, Xavier Mortimer is definitely rollin’ in the talent. How much talent you ask? Well, enough to win awards like the Gold Star at the L’Eau d’Olle magic festival in Europe, to appear on “America’s Got Talent” and showcase on Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us” show. Like we said, he’s got talent out the wazoo and you’ll see it when you step into his dream world. Physical magic, comedy magic, illusions, Mortimer has it all. Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream at The STRAT Las Vegas is a world of magic you’ve never seen before. Get your tickets today.
The theme song from the beloved ’80s and early ’90s TV sitcom “Cheers” could easily be used for the L.A. Comedy Club. Not only is it a place where you can take a break from all your worries, but the staff here soon will know your name — if they don’t already. A large percentage of the L.A. Comedy Club’s patrons are locals who have been following the franchise since it was launched several years ago at Palace Station. After a stint in Trader Vic’s at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, it moved to downtown’s Four Queens, then to Bally’s Las Vegas and now is at The STRAT. Inside the venue you’ll find the hallmarks of a typical comedy club. A mic and wooden stool are front and center on a large stage that is flanked by two video screens. Clips of practical jokes and bloopers are broadcast to patrons before the show begins. There’s a variety of seating options (chairs, tables and booths) — and no matter where you sit, you’ll have a good view. The format at the L.A. Comedy Club is simple. The bulk of the stage time is given to the Redneck Comedy Show with James Michael. Many of the headliners like Felipe Esparza have competed on NBC’s reality laugh fest “Last Comic Standing,” while others including Willie Ferrell, Tom Rhodes, Joey Medina, Butch Bradley and Shang have Showtime, HBO or Comedy Central credits to their name. These headlining comedians are paired with a host from Las Vegas, which is another unique feature of the L.A. Comedy Club. Not only does it offer a top-notch venue for professional comics, but local talent is also nurtured and promoted. Occasionally, a surprise guest or famous friend of a headliner stops by and performs to the delight of customers as well. Be sure to get your dose of laughs during your Vegas vacation.