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Debbie Reynolds Headlines Riverside, 'Fusion' At River Palms, Magic Invades Edgewater, 'Our Holiday Gifts To You' Promotion Starts, "Real" Reel Players Deal, More...

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The incomparable all-around performer Debbie Reynolds will hold court in Don's Celebrity Theatre at the Riverside, Nov. 14-19. Tickets are $34; call 800-227-3849.

For more than six decades, singer, dancer and actress Debbie Reynolds has been a superstar and "America's sweetheart." Her talents and beauty were recognized in 1948 when Lockheed Aircraft sponsored the local "Miss Burbank" beauty pageant and she won the contest at age 16 lip-syncing to a record of Betty Hutton's "I'm a Square in the Social Circle."

After a magnificent movie career, Reynolds continues an active television career. In 2001, she worked with Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor on the made-for TV movie "These Old Broads" written by her daughter Carrie Fisher and Elaine Pope. On the NBC sitcom, "Will and Grace," Reynolds played a recurring roll as Grace's mother, Bobbi Adler, and received an Emmy nomination. In March of 2003, Reynolds was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 82nd Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Today, Reynolds' primary focus is her nightclub act and her children. She is grandmother to Fisher's daughter, Billie Catherine, who is picking up Reynolds' talent for dialects, impressions and singing.

One of Reynolds' passions has always been her movie-theme museum that has had many stops, starts and relocations. Happily with the help of her daughter and son Todd, Reynolds' Hollywood Motion Picture Museum is approaching a new home in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. It will be the centerpiece of the Belle Island Resort. Dedicated to the preservation of the early movie years, the museum collection is valued at $50 million with more than 3,500 costumes and hundreds of props and set pieces.

Opening on Nov. 8 at the River Palms in the new River Sands Theatre will be "Fusion," a production show blending magic, comedy and illusion. The award-winning show graced the stage of Lake Tahoe's Golden Cabaret for over 2 1/2 years. It will be playing nightly except Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. through March 31, 2007. Tickets will be $14.95; call 800-835-7904.

The production will showcase award-winning master illusionists Joseph Gabriel and Katalin, who have performed for audiences around the world, and in virtually every major television magic special, most notably the Command Performance for President Reagan. It also stars Danny Cole and Bryson Lang.

Johnny Carson introduced Joseph Gabriel on his Tonight Show for the first time in 1983 and over the next several years, he made seven appearances with Carson. Gabriel made his Las Vegas debut in the lavish "Lido de Paris" at the Stardust Hotel, which just closed for good last week. Two years later, he became the starring act in "City Lites" at the Flamingo Hilton, where he performed for 10 consecutive years. Gabriel then made a mega-leap to Broadway star when he created and opened his own full-evening show entitled, "Magic On Broadway," which ran for 18 months.

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Female magician Katalin was born in Budapest, Hungary, and became an apprentice to master magician, Janos Habok. In 1997, Katalin was able to compete and win first place in the Junior Category at, "A Festival for Magicians" in Czech. At age13, she was the youngest person ever to receive this award. In 1998, Katalin again won first place performing sleight-of-hand with doves in the "III. National Magician Junior Festival." That same year, she won the coveted, "Magician of The Year" award. Graduating to grand illusions, in 2004, Katalin worked at The Moulin Rouge in Budapest before moving to Las Vegas and becoming part of "The World's Greatest Magic Show" all-star cast at the Greek Isles Hotel Casino.

Comedy juggler Bryson Lang is an original alumnus of "Fusion." His talents have graced such movies as "Austin Powers II" and "Batman and Robin." On the small screen, Lang has worked in commercials and performed on a variety of television shows including: PAX TV's "Master's of Illusion;" "The Extreme Gong Show," where he won first place; the sitcom "That 70's Show;" and the series "Charmed."

Rounding out the show is the magic artistry of Danny Cole, who was twice voted "Stage Magician of the Year" by the membership of the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He was a guest performer on Lance Burton's second network special and has consulted and created magic for other magicians.

The show Jeff McBride - "Magic on the Edge!" is taking place at the Edgewater in Kokopelli's Showroom through Nov. 22. Shows are Saturday-Monday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20; call 702-298-2453.

McBride maintains home studios in New York and Las Vegas. He first gained prominence in 1992, when his "Mask, Myth, and Magic" tour included a stop in Barcelona, Spain, for the Barcelona Olympics Arts Festival. In 1993, McBride performed his trademark, award-winning mask routine on NBC's "World's Greatest Magic 2."

McBride has been named Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, gone on tour as the opening act for such performers as Tina Turner and Diana Ross, and been featured on countless magic specials and documentaries. Additionally, his role as Joran Belar on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" in 1993 was created specifically for him.

Aside from performing, McBride has lectured and led workshops for such diverse groups as The Smithsonian, The Disney Institute, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Center for Symbolic Studies and others.

The Riverside Resort's "Our Holiday Gifts to You" promotion is running through Dec. 31. The casino's King of Clubs Players' Club members are eligible to receive free gift cards toward any purchase at Safeway or Wal-Mart / Sam's Club affiliated stores through Dec. 31. For every 500 points earned, members receive a $5 gift card. Slot points must be earned at single point value.

You can double your money with the Riverside Resort's "Real" REEL Players Deal promotion running through Nov. 30. Every hour from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., a reel player with a King of Clubs Players card will be selected randomly to have their credits doubled up to $300.

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