Comedy-magician Mac King will celebrate 10 years of performing the “Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4. To honor this momentous occasion, Mayor Goodman has declared May 4 “Mac King Day” in Las Vegas.
“Growing up in a family of magicians, magic has been my life,” said King. “I am truly honored to be celebrating 10 years with “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas. This is an exciting time for me and I can’t wait to celebrate with the audience on May 4.”
In the last 10 years King has performed an incredible 5,200 shows to more than one million audience members at the main showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
That translates to:
- 2,600 days of plaid suits worn
- 15,600 feet of rope used for King’s famous rope trick
- 270,400 playing cards
- 15,600 magically appearing fig newton pastries
- And 26,000 audience volunteers!
“We are proud to share this moment with Mac as he celebrates his 10th anniversary at Harrah’s Las Vegas,” said Rick Mazer, president of Harrah’s Las Vegas. “Mac has a true talent and passion for his craft and our guests have greatly enjoyed his show over the years. We look forward to sharing his magic for years to come.”
Mac King’s successful career in magic comes as no surprise. King grew up around two grandfathers who were magicians, and gained an interest in magic at an early age when he checked out a book on magic in his school library. As a child he would perform magic shows for his family and friends, and by age 10 he had his first paid show at a friend’s birthday party. After graduating in 1981 with dual degrees in Magic and Anthropology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., King took his show on the road, performing to audiences around the world.
In the 1990s King began appearing regularly on NBC-TV’s “The World’s Greatest Magic Shows.” While filming these shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, he caught the attention of many local bookers for casino showrooms. Soon after, King began to appear in local shows such as: “Spellbound” at Harrah’s Las Vegas, “The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular” at The Flamingo, “Splash!” at the Riviera, and with comedian Rita Rudner at The Desert Inn.
In 2000 King began his full-time one-man show “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Since then, he has received numerous awards and accolades including “Funniest Act in Magic Today” by Magic Magazine in 2008, “Best Comedy Magician” 2007 World Magic Awards, and “Magician of the Year” in 2004 by the world-famous Magic Castle, Home of the Academy of Magical Arts. King, who is a Louisville native, served as “Grand Magician” in the 2007 Kentucky Derby alongside Grand Marshall Mickey Mouse – as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
A local favorite, voters of the Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” poll voted the “Mac King Comedy Magic Show” as the “Best Bargain Show” for seven years in a row (2003-2010) and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” in 2008. He also received the “Entertainer of the Year” award in the Las Vegas Weekly’s 2004 “Reader’s Choice Awards.” He is consistently one of the highest rated magic shows in Las Vegas and is highly sought after for special engagements and corporate events around the world.
In June of 2004, King expanded his brand and launched “Magic In a Minute” – a Sunday comic strip that runs in major national newspapers – alongside illustrator Bill King. The success of “Magic In a Minute” led to magic toys, magic sets and instructional videos that are sold in major box retailers nationwide.
In 2004 King, who was born and raised in Kentucky, partnered with KFC to create the KFC Mac King Kids Laptop Pack – a customizable kids meal featuring “Magic In a Minute.” During the fall months of August through October 2004 KFC sold nine million KFC Mac King Laptop Packs nationwide.
King debuted his first book Great Big Ol’ Book-O-Magic in 2007, a magic book which quickly became a hit among children. In 2009 Suitcase-O-Magic – a miniature suitcase filled with magic tricks and instructions – hit store shelves. Continuing the success of his bookstore endeavors, Mac King recently released his latest book Mac King’s Campfire Magic in March 2010 along with Lunchbox-O-Magic due out this month.
About The Mac King Comedy Magic Show King, one of today’s brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah’s Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre. Tickets are $24.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting www.mackingshow.com .