How to keep up with Las Vegas Strip performers during the coronavirus pandemic
All Las Vegas shows have closed. Those are difficult words to write, and it’s something we at Las Vegas Magazine never thought we’d have to report, but this is the reality and, ultimately, we will come back stronger. Yet, even though shows have closed, that doesn’t mean the entertainers involved aren’t finding ways to reach their audience and their fans.
Greenspun Media Group, parent company of Las Vegas Magazine, has rolled out its new Vegas at Home series, providing Strip performers a platform where they can share entertainment from their house or from our studio, directly to your home. Episode one dropped this week, with magician Jen Kramer showing off a few stealthy, sleight-of-hand tricks. Future episodes will feature an at-home workout routine by the men of Chippendales The Show, a fitness video by Sexxy’s Jennifer Romas, circus-style acts from sister shows WOW—The Vegas Spectacular and EXTRAVAGANZA—The Vegas Spectacular, an a cappella performance by Human Nature and much more. You can tune in to episodes on our website and social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
But what if you want more? Several performers are taking to their own social media accounts to keep their audiences entertained and updated.
Wild-haired prop-comic Carrot Top has been a force of nature on Instagram, posting several times a week with stories (such as an awkward encounter between him, Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Clinton and NSYNC), jokes and highlights of how he’s spending his time quarantined in Orlando.
A few Vegas magicians are also keeping busy by offering fans entertaining content on their Instagram accounts. Criss Angel has been posting various illusions (like a trick where he bites a penny in half) and frequent updates on his son Johnny Crisstopher’s battle with cancer—who, by the way, is truly one of the cutest kids you’ll see on the internet; Xavier Mortimer’s videos show he’s taking the coronavirus pandemic in stride (in one video he magically replicates the last roll of toilet paper on a grocery store shelf); and America’s Got Talent winner Shin Lim regularly posts incredible sleight-of-hand tricks that will take your mind off the coronavirus chaos (a recent mind-blowing video shows off the different stages of “The Circle” flourish).
For an Instagram account that will put a smile on your face, look up Jabbawockeez. Although their revamp Timeless was abruptly cut off, you can still check out some of the high-energy dancing that make the Jabbawockeez so popular in Vegas. In one post, you can interact with the masked dancers by suggesting which songs they should choreograph next, and in another post, you can see some still shots for #FreezeOfTheDay.
Even though the Las Vegas Strip will be void of entertainment for the foreseeable future, don’t worry; we’re all in this together, but in the meantime, we’re going to make sure you’re entertained.