Mac King at Harrahs

Mac King’s Comedy Magic show makes me really happy. It is a family friendly (very kid oriented, really) magic and comedy show that still has a lot to offer adults.

At its core, the show is a magic show with rope tricks, card tricks, sleight of hand, fire, some magical appearances and disappearances and his signature goldfish tricks. The show is really well written and has some finely crafted humor woven into it. (something you can hone during a show that has been running for almost 20 years). There is also a lot of room for improv during the audience participation segment. (a few for kids and a few for adults).

Don’t let the afternoon time slot (1p and 3p) fool you. This is a high quality show. The afternoon time slot is a reflection of the kid/family friendly focus, not the show quality. It isn’t as flashy and boisterous as Penn & Teller, but it shares a lot of the sensibilities for a much more reasonable price.

The theater is setup with a mix of theater style seating in the front (VIP seating) and booths and tables in the back. It still uses maitre d’ seating, so while your ticket determines the basic seating area (and which line you use to get your photo taken and enter the theater) there can be a bit of flexibility once you get there. Arrive early with a VIP ticket and you could be sitting in the front row. Or in my case, arrive bit after doors open with a general admission ticket and you might have your choice of any booth. I choose one near the back which allowed me to see everything and take notes without disturbing anyone. Closer seats were also available.

There are no video screens to help see things from further back, but you don’t need them. I’ve seen the show a few times now from the general admission section and felt like I could see everything well.

The show runs 75 minutes, with performances at 1pm and 3pm, Tuesday through Saturday. There is a photo op before the show (while you are in line to get into the theater) and he comes out after the show for a meet and greet as well as selling and signing magic kits and DVDs. The theater is on the 3rd floor. Elevators and escalators for it are located between Harrah’s buffet and the casino cashier cage. Discount tickets are readily available. The show is a staple of the Caesars Rewards Tier Benefit Shows list. On this visit, I used an ACG free ticket with drink purchase coupon to see the show.