Magician Jan Rouven Arrested on Kiddie Porn Charges, Tropicana Closes Show

The Las Vegas entertainment community has been rocked by news of the arrest of Tropicana magician Jan Rouven on federal child pornography charges.

When it comes to allegations of child pornography, of course, there’s no “innocent until proven guilty.” The German magician’s show has been closed permanently, and the Tropicana has taken immediate action to sever any ties with Rouven.

It’s unlikely Jan Rouven will ever perform in Las Vegas again.

Jan Rouven child pornography arrest

After Jan Rouven’s arrest, the Tropicana immediately distanced itself, describing him as “an outside contractor.” Smooth.

Rouven’s show, “New Illusions,” opened at Tropicana in November 2014. Before that, he performed at the now-closed Riviera.

While the bombshell about Jan Rouven (real name, Jan Rouven Fuechtener) seemed sudden, the FBI’s investigation into his activities has apparently been going on for some time, since August 2015.

Authorities seized Rouven’s computer in January 2016, and it was found to contain 3,235 videos and 105 images of child pornography.

Rouven’s husband, Frank Alfter, has said he was upset because Rouven was “on the Internet looking at porn all of the time.”

Rouven’s attorney denies the allegations, mainly because what in the hell else are you supposed to do when you have kiddie porn on your computer?

Rouven is being held without bail, as he’s considered a flight risk.

It’s unclear what show might replace “New Illusions” at the Tropicana. It most certainly won’t be a magic show because of the inevitable, creepy connection to Rouven’s downfall. Read more.

Tropicana theater

Some suggest the Tropicana’s theater may be cursed. Actually, we’re the “some” that suggested it. “Mamma Mia!” ran six years at Mandalay Bay and closed after three months at the Trop. ‘Nuff said.

The Jan Rouven ordeal is the second headline-making scandal in the last couple of weeks, the first being the arrest of “Pawn Stars” cast member Austin “Chumlee” Russell for gun and drug charges. A sexual assault claim is still under investigation.

We enjoy the entertainment value of a good Las Vegas scandal as much as the next blog, but Rouven’s arrest is anything but entertaining, it’s disturbing and sad.

The world of Las Vegas entertainment is filled with so many stories of offbeat behavior, and many of those stories never come to light.

Here’s hoping Jan Rouven gets the help he seems to need, and we’ve got our fingers crossed it won’t take Criss Angel too long to find another magician from whom to steal his illusions.

Update (11/18/16): While it appeared Jan Rouven was going to fight to the finish on these allegations, once the trial began, he pled guilty. Rouven faces a minimum of five years in prison (he’s already served one year awaiting trial), and could owe $450,000 in restitution to the victims ($5,000 for each of the 85 people identified). Rouven pled guilty because there was an avalanche of evidence (including 9,000 videos found on various computers in his home) and could’ve faced 80 years in prison. Rouven is a German citizen, so it likely to be deported once his time is served.

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  • Bill B

    This is just my personal opinion but the people who need to “get the help” are the child victims, NOT some paedophile who abuses them.
    You really need to get your priorities, sympathies correct.

    • BC

      Of all the people I’m familiar with via social media, Scott is the last one who needs to re-prioritize. This blog post, as is usual for him, deftly walked the line between snark and human decency.
      Of *course* the victims deserve all the help and sympathy they can receive. But Scott’s blog is about Las Vegas, not human rights. I thought his comments were appropriate.

      • Bill B

        Has Scott even mentioned the victims & the help they will desperately need, I could agree with you but he didn’t.
        As for “human rights” who mentioned them?
        Sorry you & Scott DO need to prioritize, the pervs don’t need help, they need punishing & locking away until they die.

        • Thanks, Bill. I’ll ponder this a bit more, and I appreciate your thoughts, as always.

      • Thanks, BC. I sort of ended up feeling as you expressed. I can’t do the subject justice, so tried to stick with the relevant facts and not get into the awfulness of how such material even exists in the first place.

    • Yeah, I’m with you. I added something along those lines, but couldn’t figure out a good way to express it.

  • Bouldersteve

    If guilty he is not only a pervert but a moron.Anyone who downloads that crap is on the radar..its called cookies. In this case childrens cookies

  • As an FYI: He was almost certainly downloading / sharing via the Tor browser, where everything is encrypted and the sites are not accessible via regular browsers. Dread Pirate Roberts ran Silk Road drug sales via Tor, and the feds got him, primarily because he made a rookie mistake at one point and because they were looking very hard. Tor deletes all cookies and masks IP addresses.

    Interestingly, the federal government helps fund Tor, (which is open source from EFF) because they say it allows dissidents to communicate safely,

  • John Stephens

    Please know that Jan is NOT guilty of these charges. They need to go after the real person who is the one who is really looking at these issues.