Starlite Theatre at the Riviera Hotel & Casino
7pm daily (closed on Wednesdays in October; closed on Fridays starting in November)
All ages welcome
Prices start at $54: tickets can be found here.
Jan Rouven is a master illusionist on fire, and we couldn’t be happier to have him burning up the house here at the Riviera.
His show, “ILLUSIONS,” features acts that are equal parts mystifying and death-defying — like the Bed of Death, the Fire Spiker and the Hand Stab where Jan and an audience volunteer play Russian roulette with a wicked sharp knife. Combined with heart-thumping music and five hot dancers, this is a show that will get your pulse pounding from go, and won’t let up until the end.
Ultimately, it’s Jan himself who makes all the difference in the show. He’s funny and charismatic on stage, and also genuinely a nice guy — don’t be surprised if he’s waiting as you walk out, to say hello and thanks for coming!
An International Class Act
In his native Germany, Jan was already a superstar, easily able to pack houses and even earning a spot opening for German pop-star Michelle. His performances have earned him accolades like “Magician of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year.”
So why Vegas, where he doesn’t have the same name recognition (yet!) and must compete in a bloodthirsty marketplace of entertainers of all stripes?
“Vegas is every performer’s dream,” he says simply. He also found his success in Germany a bit insular. “Germany is a small country. After two months on tour, I saw every city. I was looking for a new adventure.”
Vegas the German Way
Jan’s show in Vegas started out very hands-on and self-sufficient. “We do it the German way,” he says. “It’s very personal.” He’s been known to man the phones and sell tickets when needed.
He also brings distinctly German humor to the stage. Stop us if you’ve heard this one: as he sets up a trick with a brick wall, he deadpans, “Trust me, I’m from Germany. I have experience with walls.”
The Real Stars of the Show
Of course, as much as Jan’s show earns him new personal fans nightly, it’s the fantastic tricks that he executes to perfection that elicits gasps, cheers and applause. Fellow Germans Siegfried & Roy have said that Jan brings “new life” to magic.
Jan purchased some of his acts (a good magician’s trick can go for upwards of six figures), but he also invents many of his acts himself. That means you can expect to experience unique, never-seen-elsewhere tricks when you come to Jan’s shows.
Tickets start at $54 and can be found here.