Dirk Arthur's Wild Magic features fast-paced, exciting illusions and the largest collection of exotic cats in Las Vegas. His 60-minute revue has all the elements of an outstanding magic show: sexy dancing assistants, heart thumping music, special lighting effects, mind-boggling illusions and an array of beautiful cats.
Outside the theater a sign reads, "So close they (the cats) can smell your fear," and that's no joke. Audiences get to experience the un-caged animals from as close as 10 feet away and no farther than 40 feet away. Not every one of Arthur's illusions uses cats, but the ones that do give audiences an up-close look at the majestic animals that's seldom seen at other magic shows.
For the opening act, dancers perform a routine and roll out a large empty cage. Within seconds the cage is covered and unveiled revealing a large tiger. How'd he do that? Arthur's magic has you asking yourself that the entire show. His illusions amaze while his friendly personality makes you laugh.
"I used to work with parrots but I had to stop because they kept telling the audience how to do my tricks," jokes Arthur.
The assortment of cats used varies on a daily basis, making each show a surprise as to which cats will appear. Among them are snow white tigers, orange-and-white-striped Bengal tigers, spotted leopards, black panthers and even a rare liger. Ligers, the largest of all cats, can grow up to 1,000 pounds.
Mid-way through the show Arthur presents an educational video segment from his Animal Planet special "Big Cat Magic" that details his conservation efforts and breeding program. It also explains what's on everyone's mind, how the cats are raised, cared for and conditioned by the illusionist to be a part of his show. Arthur uses gentle and passive conditioning of the cats to help them develop good habits. Then he works to reinforce these habits so that the cats are safe to handle on stage.
While it might seem like an odd combination considering the typical diet of an exotic cat, Arthur also does illusions using white doves, a chicken and duck. Luckily he has no problem making his feathered friends appear and disappear with the wave of his hand.
Along with wowing audiences on the Las Vegas Strip, Arthur has performed around the world. He has appeared on numerous television shows including NBC's "World's Greatest Magic" and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman."
Audiences seeking a thrilling magic show with beautiful cats won't want to miss Wild Magic.