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A Local’s Guide: The Best Vegas Shows

My husband and I have lived in Las Vegas for two years and we’ve had the opportunity to see world-class Vegas shows, eat delicious meals and go on crazy desert adventures.

As soon as we got our mail forwarded (necessary to prove you’re a local), my husband and I became members of HouseSeats.  Locals function as seat fillers for shows with extra tickets and we have gone to most of the shows you’ll see on this page for free because of HS.

I’ve broken down the shows into the following categories:

  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Magic
  • Adult
  • Headliners & Concerts
  • Comedy
  • Hypnosis, Mind Reading, & Psychic
  • Las Vegas Production & Variety

If a show doesn’t appear on the list it’s because I haven’t seen it, not because it’s bad or unrateable.

If you’re headed to Vegas and want advice on what to see, do or eat, ask me in the comments area below. I’m happy to help! And, hey – if you have a few days here and are looking for an unusual day trip, may I suggest the China Ranch Date Farm (but not during the summer)? It’s a short drive – into Death Valley – and so much fun.

The Best Vegas Shows:

Cirque du Soleil 

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Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity at New York New York

  1. Zumanity @ New York New York
    ** also included in the category “Adult XXX”
  2. Le Rêve – The Dream @ the Wynn
    ** Not a Cirque du Soleil production, but so similar it should be included
  3. Michael Jackson: ONE @ Mandalay Bay
  4. ‘O’ @ the Bellagio
  5. The Beatles LOVE @ the Mirage
  6. Mystère @ Treasure Island
  7. KÀ @ MGM Grand

Click here to find out why the Top 3 Cirque shows are the most fun!


Advertisement for Penn & Teller - one of the best Vegas shows
Penn & Teller perform at the Rio in Las Vegas.

  1. Penn & Teller @ the Rio
  2. Mac King @ Harrah’s
  3. Paranormal Mind Reading Magic @ Bally’s
  4. Piff the Magic Dragon @ Flamingo
  5. Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly @ The LINQ
  6. Armando Vera @ Planet Hollywood
  7. Mike Hammer @ Four Queens
  8. Murray the Magician @ Planet Hollywood
  9. Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream @ Planet Hollywood
  10. Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show @ Planet Hollywood

Adult XXX

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Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity at New York New York

  1. Zumanity – Cirque du Soleil @ New York New York
  2. SEXXY @ Westgate
  3. Puppetry of the Penis @ the Erotic Heritage Museum
  4. X Rocks @ Bally’s
  5. Pin Up (Closed) @ the Stratosphere
  6. Zombie Burlesque @ Planet Hollywood
  7. Crazy Girls @ Planet Hollywood

Headliners & Concerts

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Carlos Santana performs at the House of Blues.

  1. An Intimate Evening with Carlos Santana @ House of Blues
  2. Celine Dion @ Ceasars
  3. Rod Stewart @ Ceasars
  4. John Fogerty @ the Wynn
  5. Human Nature: Jukebox @ the Venetian
  6. Frankie Moreno @ the Golden Nugget
  7. Mariah Carey: Number 1 to Infinity @ Caesars
  8. Wynonna @ the Tropicana
  9. Reba, Brooks & Dunn @ Caesars
  10. Cher @ the Monte Carlo
  11. Wayne Newton @ Bally’s

Vegas Productions & Variety Shows

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Absinthe in Las Vegas at Caesars.

  1. Absinthe @ Caesars
  2. La Rêve – The Dream @ the Wynn
  3. BAZ @ the Venetian
  4. Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus @ Paris
  5. Vegas the Show @ Planet Hollywood
  6. V: The Ultimate Variety Show @ Planet Hollywood
  7. Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas @ the LINQ
  8. Blue Man Group @ the Luxor
  9. WOW – World of Wonder @ the Rio
  10. Jabbawockeez @ MGM


Advertisement for Carrot Top at the Luxor - one of the best Vegas shows
Carrot Top performs at the Luxor in Las Vegas

  1. Carrot Top @ the Luxor
  2. Anthony Cools @ Paris
    ** also included in the categories “Hypnosis” and “Adult XXX”
  3. The Miss Behave Game Show @ Bally’s
  4. 50 Shades the Parody @ Paris
  5. Terry Fator @ the Mirage
  6. Rich Little @ the Laugh Factory Tropicana
  7. Redneck Comedy Magic @ the Stratosphere
  8. Comedy Daredevil @ Hooters
  9. Gordie Brown @ Planet Hollywood
  10. Defending the Caveman @ the D

Hypnosis, Mind Reading, Psychic

Advertisement for Anthony Cools - one of the best Vegas shows
Anthony Cools hypnotizes regularly at Paris in Las Vegas

  1. Anthony Cools @ Paris
    ** also included in the categories “Magic” and “Adult XXX”
  2. Paranormal: Mind Reading Magic @ Bally’s
  3. Hypnosis Unleashed with Kevin Lepine @ Binion’s

** HouseSeats has several membership options. A two-person, one-year membership costs $89 (as of 10/17). If you live here, you should definitely take advantage of this.

Like I said previously, we have gone to most of the shows I rated on this page for free because of HS. It also gives you a great excuse to get out and explore the city when you’re new here. Unless you work on the Strip, most locals don’t spend as much time there as we do, but we really enjoy getting out for things like this (and we don’t gamble or drink much…so this is a fun night out for us!).

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  • sober in vegas
    Posted at 17:37h, 01 November Reply

    love your list here! and isn’t it fun how Vegas has SO MANY magic shows?! Can anywhere else in the world say that?! 🙂

    • youfoundsarah
      Posted at 19:24h, 01 November Reply

      Yes! I think I’d seen maybe two magic shows IRL. Now I see them like every week! Haha. What’s your favorite show?

  • Agness of a Tuk Tuk
    Posted at 09:57h, 20 November Reply

    Wow1 You’re so lucky to have experienced these shows, Sarah. Las Vegas is truly charming. This is a very practical guide for everyone planning to go there,

    • youfoundsarah
      Posted at 12:49h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks so much! I do feel lucky, for sure. Our HouseSeats membership definitely helps go to all these shows; it would be way too pricey otherwise! 🙂

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