This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with award-winning illusionist Rick Thomas, who will be performing at the South Point Casino this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 24-26, at 7:30. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Rick talks about his long career in magic; how he maintains his passion for performing; why he always aimed to perform in Las Vegas; how he sees the beginning of the show as the most nerve-wracking; why his show has a theme; why he has a fondness for the grand illusion; and his favorite Las Vegas story (hint: he married her!).
Few entertainers have succeeded in Vegas like Rick Thomas. His show ran consecutively for 15 years in Las Vegas, performing a staggering 600 shows a year. He now tours the world (from his base in Branson) performing the intriguing and innovative grand illusions.
At the age of five, Rick, whose family was already active in ballroom dancing, began teaming with his sister, Tamara, in ballroom dance competitions. Hard work earned them the title of Amateur United States Ballroom Dancing Champions while in their teens. The lessons he learned such as dedication, practice, perseverance, winning and losing would later help him in his pursuit of success as an entertainer.
He embarked on his magic career at the age of 7. By the age of 18, Rick was performing his own production at the Disneyland Hotel, which ran for 2 years.
Following Disney, he embraced the cruise industry and performed on more than 300 cruises. Thomas’ ability to perform in a variety of settings also brought him success at more than 50 major expositions and fairs across the United States and Canada.