With the Strip being the summit of success for the world’s top illusionists, curiosity seekers can catch everything from theater-sized spectacle to close-up magic in cabaret rooms. Murray the Magician specializes in the latter, with a generous helping of comedy in his magic mix. The seating at the Sin City Theater allows close observation of his slight-of-hand mastery.

Instantly recognizable due to his shock of blond hair, Murray Sawchuck was a semi-finalist during the fifth season of America’s Got Talent and is the go-to magic expert on Pawn Stars. His interest in magic was sparked early after he was exposed to legendary illusionists Siegfried & Roy, and by age 11 he was being hired to entertain at parties.

Murray the Magician toured throughout the world before becoming a Vegas headliner and still performs internationally, but his headquarters at Planet Hollywood provides him with a place to share an up-close-and-personal magical experience on most afternoons.

Planet Hollywood Resort, 4 p.m. Thurs. & Sat.-Mon., $48.45-$59.45 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster