Amazing summer in Europe on the Disney Magic

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Just back from a fantastic summer on the Disney Magic! Over the past few months we had over 70 different performances in the Walt Disney Theatre and in Fathoms nightclub, and traveled to 14 different countries across Europe and the Caribbean, including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, St. Maarten and the Bahamas, just to name a few.

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Some of my favorites adventures in Europe were exploring Mt. Etna, an active volcano in Sicily; visiting Olympia, Greece, the site of the original Olympic games over 2000 years ago; hiking between the towns of the Cinque Terre in Italy; visiting the famous Blue Grotto in Malta; sailing into the beautiful city of Venice.  This was actually our third summer in the Mediterranean, and no matter how many times you go there, there is always something to new to see and experience. For more photos from our travels this summer, be sure to check out my travel blog at blogspot.mistieknight.com.


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Street performers in Mallorca, Spain

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 Our audiences over the summer were truly international, some weeks being made up of a mostly Spanish-speaking guests. Fortunately, we’ve had prior experience with international audiences and were able to modify the show to accommodate the demographic, even performing a bilingual version of the show with Kyle speaking in English and me in Spanish.

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In addition to our illusion shows headlining in the Walt Disney Theatre, we also performed a special adults only show in Fathom’s nightclub and even a workshop where we performed some new magic for the kids and taught everyone a cool magic trick that they could perform as well.

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Next spring and summer we will be back on Disney Cruise Line again, this time headlining on the Disney Wonder and visiting the Caribbean, Bahamas and Alaska, but in the meantime, keep an eye out for updates about our upcoming television appearances and shows in Las Vegas and on Celebrity Cruises! Thanks for reading, Mistie

 


Shows, Photo Shoots & Red Carpets in Vegas

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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We had four weeks at home in Las Vegas between our contracts on Celebrity Silhouette and Disney Magic, and during that time we have been going nonstop. On May 1st we performed in the “Suncoast Variety Show” at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino, debuting one of our newer illusions in Las Vegas. We had two different photo shoots this month as well, one in studio with Bobby Black Photography and at a dry lake bed with Ella Gagiano Photography. Lots of new promo photos coming soon!

One of the best parts of living in Las Vegas is always being invited to different shows in town and being friends with so many talented entertainers.  We caught Raiding the Rock Vault at LVH Hotel and had a blast! If you’re a classic rock fan this is a must see show in Vegas. We also saw Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at the Cosmopolitan, which was also a very cool experience. We attended our friend Murray Sawchuck‘s 2nd anniversary at the Tropicana, as well as hypnotist Anthony Cools‘ 20th anniversary show at Paris Hotel. Both were fun shows with lots of Vegas entertainer friends in attendance. Click HERE to read the VegasNews.com article about the event. It’s been a fun month, but we’re going to have to leave Vegas behind for a little while because headed to Europe for summer on the Disney Magic. We’ll be headlining in the Walt Disney Theatre and new adventures await. Thanks for keeping in touch! –  Mistie

Here are some photos from some of the highlights of this past month:

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Raiding the Rock Vault at LVH Hotel

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Red Carpet at Murray’s anniversary at the Tropicana

Photo credit: Ira Kuzma photos

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Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

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Red Carpet at Anthony Cools’s 20th Anniversary show

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


Touring the Caribbean on Celebrity Silhouette

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

This past spring we spent several weeks headlining in the beautiful Silhouette Theater on Celebrity Silhouette, one of Celebrity Cruises’ newest Solstice class ships. In addition to performing our full headline show, we also performed a full matinee in the theater, totaling nine large scale illusions and 16 costumes changes!

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During our time performing there, the Silhouette had record breaking ratings and was #1 in Entertainment in the Celebrity fleet! The entire entertainment team there was top notch.

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The Silhouette Theater  

One of the perks of performing on cruises is being able to travel the world, and we had some fun adventures visiting Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, St. Kitts,  St. Maarten and  Puerto Rico. Highlights for us were snorkeling in Grand Cayman, visiting Orient Beach on the French side of St. Maarten, strolling Old Town San Juan and going on an island tour of St. Kitts.

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Old San Juan

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Overall it was a great season on the Celebrity Silhouette, and we’re looking forward to being on our next Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Reflection, this November!

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2014 begins with performances in Las Vegas and at the Magic Castle

Friday, January 31st, 2014

WOW, these past 6 weeks home in Las Vegas have flown by and it has been the busiest “vacation” we’ve had that I can remember! We enjoyed being home for the holidays and celebrated Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends, and since the props were home for the first time all year, any free time was spent doing repairs and maintenance. “Living in the Entertainment Capital of the World” has it’s perks and of course we caught some friends’ shows while in town, including “Pin Up” featuring Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair, hypnotist Kevin Lepine and the very talented Sky Dee Miles at Tropicana Nights.

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“Pin Up” featuring Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair

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The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

On December 30th we performed at a charity event at “The Magical Forest” in Las Vegas, benefiting Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities. The variety show featured several performers including Scott Dorfman, Penny Wiggins, Tawney Bubbles, Emily Lauren and Andy Martello, and was hosted by Kevin Lepine. Click HERE to read a VegasNews.com article about the Opportunity Village show.

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Opportunity Village Show - Photo credit: www.khanhx.com

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January 2014 WONDERGROUND

On January 16th we performed at Jeff McBride’s WONDERGROUND in Las Vegas, a magical nightclub experience with lots of variety performers throughout the evening. It’s always fun to perform at Wonderground because you know you’ll see lots of friends and you never know who will show up. On this particular night there were many fellow magicians in the audience including Criss Angel, Nathan Burton and MAGIC Magazine editor, Stan Allen. That night we were also interviewed by the Las Vegas Review Journal, which will be featuring an article on Wonderground and the different performers in early February.

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WONDERGROUND Las Vegas - Photo credit: Ken Elsner

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The World Famous Magic Castle

January 20-26th we had the opportunity to headline at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. This beautiful venue is considered the Carnegie Hall for magicians, and it’s always and honor to perform there! We shared the stage with hilarious juggler Micheal Goudeau and it was truly an amazing week.

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Palace of Mystery Theater at the Magic Castle – Photo Credit: Hocus Pocus Focus

We saw so many entertainer friends during our week at the Magic Castle and had such a great time catching up with people we hadn’t seen in years, even some of my fellow Miss America pageant girls came to the show! We also had the pleasure of having HGTV’s “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott and actress Nikki Reed from the “Twilight Saga” as guests in our audience on one evening, and on Saturday night actor David Arquette from the movie “Scream” was in the audience. He ended up being one of the audience volunteers during our show and gave us an enthusiastic standing ovation at the end of the show. Fellow magician and friend Christopher Hart, who played “Thing” in The Addams Family movies, also paid us a visit and take this awesome photo with us!

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We just finished packing up the illusions, and our equipment is now on it’s way to Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Silhouette, our venue for the next couple of months. Now we’ve got a couple weeks off to relax before we head off to the Caribbean. 2014 is definitely off to a great start! – Mistie

 


Looking back on 2013

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

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2013 has been an exceptionally busy year for us, and we have lots of fantastic memories from the show. Most of our year was spent traveling back and forth from Vegas and performing in the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream, and touring the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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Fireworks on the Disney Dream

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Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas

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It was also really cool seeing the movie premiers of Monsters University, Thor, Planes and  of course we had a blast celebrating Halloween and Christmas onboard during the special holidays. Disney definitely goes all out for the holiday season!

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In addition to headlining on Disney Cruise Line, we also had the opportunity to perform in “V The Ultimate Variety” at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE, and even had the royal families of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in our audience on one evening.

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Fortunately after our shows we also had lots of time for sightseeing in Dubai and it was incredible. We went to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, went dune bashing in the Arabian Desert and went to Ski Dubai, the world’s largest manmade indoor snow park.

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We also had the chance to perform in several variety shows at various casinos in Las Vegas including the Renaissance, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, Boulder Station and at the Casablanca Resort in Mesquite, NV. And our final performance of the year is at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, a nonprofit organization that benefits people with special needs.

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This year was a record breaking year for us, performing 200+ shows for over 180,000 people, and we’re definitely excited to see what 2014 has in store for Knight Magic!


Suncoast Variety Show, the Showbiz Roast & Halloween on the Disney Dream

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The air is getting cooler, then leaves are changing colors and it’s my favorite time of year, the fall! October has already been an exceptionally busy month for us. Last month we loaded our show back into the Walt Disney Theatre for a second time this year, in had family and friends cruising with us on the Disney Dream on two different occasions this month already. It’s been a really fun season on the Disney Dream, since they’ve been celebrating Halloween all month long with lots of special events.

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Between shows in the Caribbean, we flew back home to Las Vegas but we didn’t have much time to relax since we also had performances and events there as well. On October 2nd we performed some illusions in the Suncoast Variety Show at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino and were pleased to get a standing ovation for our performance. It’s always nice to finish up a show in Vegas and then just have a short drive home, without having to take a plan and travel across the country to get there!

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Then on October 4th, along with many other Las Vegas performers and local celebrities,  we attended the red carpet and ShowBiz Roast of 28 year Vegas headliner, Frank Marino at the Stratosphere Hotel. The event, produced by Andy Walmsley Entertainment, was a huge success and helped to raised funds for the Make A Wish Foundation.

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Also, my travel report and photo from our trip the the Faroe Islands was recently published on CNN.com! Here’s a link to the article:

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Thanks for reading, hope everyone has a fun Halloween! – Mistie

 


Summer 2013

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

This past summer we spent our time alternating between being in Las Vegas and performing in the Walt Disney Theatre onboard the new Disney Fantasy. We racked up a lot of frequent flier miles, flying close to 30 hours every other week, but staying overnight in various resorts in St. Thomas was really nice and we had a great summer on the Fantasy and even debuted a new illusion. As always, the theater technical teams on Disney were incredible, and after a successful run we packed up the show and headed back to Las Vegas. But our few weeks off back at home in Vegas were no vacation, since we had performances lined up in town as well!

On August 27th we performed in “The Show of Shows” at Casablanca Resort & Hotel in Mesquite, Nevada, and then on August 29th, we performed in “Toast of the Town” at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Both shows were “old Vegas” style variety shows featuring a live band and several vocal performers, as well as us performing our illusions and getting the audience involved in the show. Performing in Las Vegas is always fun, and we have more performances lined up in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted!

 

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Splitting the summer between Las Vegas and the Caribbean

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

 

These past few months have been busy as usual for us! This summer we have been performing on the beautiful new “Disney Fantasy” and flying back to Las Vegas every other week. Although traveling so much can be exhausting, it has been really nice for for us, because we’ve been able to work on new illusion projects and finish furnishing our new home back in Las Vegas. The summers in Las Vegas are scorching and we’d already reached 100+ degree temperatures by May, so it’s funny that we look forward to going back to the Caribbean to get some relief from the heat!

We performed our first shows on the Fantasy back in May, and installing the show for the first time in a new theater can be a demanding and complicated process, but we were thoroughly impressed with the technical teams onboard. We successfully installed all our of our shows – our illusion show in the theater, our kid’s show in the D Lounge, late night show in the Tube, and guest appearance in the farewell show – all within a matter of days and all without a hitch. And to top it off, our opening night performances in the Walt Disney Theatre were met with standing ovations! During our time off between shows on the Fantasy we’ve been enjoying Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay as well as visits to St. Thomas and Mexico. Here’s a link to a quick video of us enjoying our day off at Castaway Cay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lgCWgzr7Ws

Also, I was recently interviewed by Gwyn Auger for her “Magic Assistant” column and I was honored to be featured in this month’s edition of Vanish Magazine! In the article I talk about the show, our travels, my experiences as Miss Las Vegas and what it’s like performing with your better half. To check out the interview, you can download the issue for free at www.vanishmagazine.com

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From the Disney Dream to Dubai

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

This spring has been exceptionally busy for us! Last month we gave a special performance of our show in the Walt Disney Theatre for the hard working crew of the Disney Dream, and then a week later we packed up the show and headed back home to Las Vegas. But we barely had time to unpack before we headed to Dubai to perform in “V-The Ultimate Variety Show” at the World Trade Centre Dubai! “V-The Ultimate Variety Show,” David Saxe Production, has been successfully wowing Las Vegas audiences for 10 years and the cast brought the show to Dubai for the first top of the international tour.

While in the United Arab Emirates, Kyle and I had the chance to go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building (click HERE to see video of our visit to the Burj Khalifa), play in the snow at the world’s largest indoor snow park, Ski Dubai, and go on an Arabian desert safari tour complete with dune bashing, camel riding, an authentic Middle Eastern meal and belly dance show! This was our first time visiting the Middle East, and we were very impressed with the hospitality of the people of the UAE. Our time in Dubai was fantastic, and we had such a great time performing with the rest of the cast of V!

 


From Vegas, to the Bahamas, to Orlando and back again

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

 

So far 2013 has been a very busy year for us! We had a fabulous time celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Disney Dream, and we’ve been headlining there weekly in the beautiful Walt Disney Theatre. Our weekends are spent either in Orlando or back at home in Las Vegas, where we have the opportunity to appear in shows there as well. We’ve also taken advantage of our weekends in Orlando and had a blast visiting Walt Disney World, and we also just had a nice mention for our show in the Spring 2013 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine!

On February 9th we performed at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas in a show benefiting the Shade Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers support for abused women and their families. There were several local Las Vegas celebrities, entertainers, and dignitaries in the audience, including Siegfried Fischbacher of “Siegfried and Roy” and it was a fun gig for us. After our performance at The Renaissance, we went straight to the airport and flew back to Orlando to join the Disney Dream and performed our cabaret show the very next day.

We’ve been busy working on new effects and just last week we debuted a new illusion into our late-night cabaret show, and we’ve been having a lot of fun performing our brand new show designed just for kids. Look for us to be on the Disney Dream thru April, and keep an eye out for us in Las Vegas as well as headlining on the brand new Disney Fantasy this summer! – Mistie

Check out the photo below of us with Siegfried after our performance at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas, and click the video link to see video of the New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks on the Disney Dream:

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