TALENT Profile: The Hip, Handsome Conjurer “Vanishing Vinny”

Events Performing Arts Talent

Ladies,

I have good news. Magic is cool again. Hip, young and handsome magicians such as our friends “Vanishing Vinny” and Patrick Terry are bringing a suave, contemporary vaudevillian aesthetic to this timeless craft. Patrick Terry is producing “Mysterious Delights” starring Vanishing Vinny at Galapagos in DUMBO on Sept. 30th. Enjoy the Women’s Mafia TALENT Q&A below and RSVP to me for a special rate…

Vanishing Vinny

Vanishing Vinny
Vanishing Vinny – Mysterious Delights PromoCard
WM: Soo… You are a bit cuter than your average magician – do you have groupies? Do you want some?
VV: Awww! Well thank you!
Sadly I don’t have groupies unless of course you count that one time after my high school talent show when my friend’s mom… actually that’s probably not appropriate.
Anyway, groupies would be nice. Wanna help with that?

WM: How old were you when you learned your first magic trick?
VV: I was six when my father finally taught me the vanishing hanky trick that came from his fathers old shoebox o’ tricks. Although he wouldn’t tell me for weeks he finally let me in on the secret. From then on, I enjoyed annoying my family. I still do. It’s great.

WM: You are known as an expert in illusions – what is the biggest thing that you have made disappear?
VV: The biggest thing I’ve made vanish besides my chances at being America’s next top model (long story), would probably be my six cast members from my last show. We all got into a cabinet and disappeared – it was fantastic. Oh and also my afro in the 90’s. Don’t ask.

WM: When did you realize that you could take your love of magic and make it a career?

VV: Just now! Thanks!
You girls have got some great ideas!

WM: What can the Women’s Mafia make happen for you?
VV: The only thing I’d like from the Women’s Mafia is your undying love and support ;) Oh, and maybe a t-shirt.

WM: Please don’t hold back now – what is the funniest thing that ever happened to you on stage?
VV: I would have to say when I brought up a 7 year old kid on stage and purposely stepped on her balloon animal dog while yelling “play dead”. She gave me a mean look and ran off stage. I then magically brought it back for her (I’m not that heartless) and she took it from my hands (still with a mean look and squinted eyes) and told me that it wasn’t funny. This girl is my set designers daughter and is currently in my new show Mysterious Delights on the 30th. She & her sister are quite talented and quite hilarious.

What’s new and hot in Vegas?

Exploits Nightlife Travel

by Sonja Leix

I just recently went to Las Vegas for the first time and got absolutely hooked by it’s crazy parties. I’m already planning my next trip and want to share the latest party hot spots with you.

There is no better place to escape the routine than a weekend-get-away to Sin City. Just a five hour plane ride from New York City to dive into a sea of entertainment and gambling in the heart of Nevada’s desert. Most hotels offer fantastic deals right now to attract more people.

Enjoy the hottest new beats at Vegas’ hottest nightclubs: Friday nights A-list club goers and celebrities party VIP-style at the LUXOR’s luxurious mega Nightclub LAX (www.laxthenightclub.com) on 26,000 square feet on two floors or at PRIVÉ Nightclub at the Planet Hollywood (www.privelv.com) – a super-club with hip-hop celebrity guests, DJ’s and superstars like 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake on a weekly basis, about half the size of LAX.

LAX Nightclub
LAX Nightclub @ LUXOR

The Encore opened a brand new Nightclub end of last year. It is called XS Nightclub (www.xslasvegas.com) and the must-go-to for Saturday nights! At XS no extravagance is spared – it is the new diamond of Vegas nightlife. If insomnia is haunting you go to Drai’s Afterparties (www.drais.net) – Thursday to Sunday from 1 am to close.

XS Nightclub @ Encore
XS Nightclub @ Encore

Other fabulous clubs that promise great fun every night of the weekend are TAO Nightclub at The Venetian (www.taolasvegas.com) and Body English (www.bodyenglish.com) at the Hard Rock Hotel. The Palms (www.palms.com) offers a special venue for everyone. It is home to the legendary Playboy Club, Rain and Moon Nightclub. The exclusive nightclub Moon is definitely worth to check out for it’s boutique venue, spectacular views of the city and a retracable roof. Most clubs have guest list and/or a cover charge, but in my experience beautiful girls always access the clubs easily and we never had to pay to get in.

What is rocking when all the clubs are closed? Don’t miss the hottest pool parties in town that feature word-class DJs: WET REPUBLIC at the MGM (www.wetrepublic.com), TAO BEACH at the Venetian (www.taolasvegas.com) and probably the most famous one is REHAB at the Hard Rock (www.rehablv.com). Enjoy the sun and rehabilitate from the night before and experience the wildest pool party you ever have!

Rehab @ Hard Rock
Rehab @ Hard Rock

I wish you a fabulous weekend in Las Vegas and hope you get to check out some of my favourite spots! Give me your feed-back on your favourites! For more information on clubs, the latest events and news check out www.lasvegasweekly.com.

More Soon!

Events Fashion Fashion Week Nightlife

by Marcy Clark

The Women’s Mafia Fashion Show was a huge success! We had over 500 or 600 people there, and gads of people waiting to get in upstairs (Thank you David Shapiro and you ladies). The models did an amazing job, the clothes look great, the Perry Gargano Jewelry shined and no one fell! (Well, almost, but that doesn’t count and its just because we had steps at the end of the runway so more people could see…)

Even backstage things went relatively smoothly with last minute fittings, hair, makeup etc. The models were ready over half an hour before showtime and then my friend and personal savior, stylist and photographer Nicole Marie Polec, was able to come and do my hair and last minute touch-ups. (It’s important to have a bouffant 3 inch ‘do when standing next to models, yes?)

I am going to share a few event and party photos now. The photographers are editing the show photos and video and I should be able to share that tomorrow!

David Shapiro, our event co-host, and some Mafia Mavens
David Shapiro, our event co-host, and some Mafia Mavens
The crowd loving it.
The crowd loving it.
Sneak peak of the show
Sneak peak of the show
Their final walks...
Their final walks... This was the first runway show for Adrienne in front - she killed it!

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My dress was sooo money... I got to wear an original Alisha Trimble, one of the designers in the show, and Perry Gargano jewelry
My dress was sooo money... I got to wear an original Alisha Trimble, one of the designers in the show, and Perry Gargano jewelry
With my dear friend Jane and jewelry designer extraordinaire Perry Gargano
With my dear friend Jane and jewelry designer extraordinaire Perry Gargano
With my priceless friend Sonja Leix, who created this website with Elisha Dang, and took this fun event photos
With my priceless friend Sonja Leix, who created this website with Elisha Dang, and took this fun event photos
Some of the original Women's Mafia members, Stacy Harshman, Larisa and genius web designer Elisha Dang on the right
Some of the original Women's Mafia members, Stacy Harshman, Larisa and genius web designer Elisha Dang on the right
The night got wilder... This is my business parter Alex...
The night got wilder... This is my business parter Alex...
This was a dare... really!
This was a dare... really!
You know you worked hard when your new (vintage) shoes fall apart at the end of the night!
You know you worked hard when your new (vintage) shoes fall apart at the end of the night!