“Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” is the Best Las Vegas Show You Haven’t a Seen Yet

“Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” may not be the easiest Las Vegas show name to remember, but the show itself is absolutely unforgettable.

This inspired, captivating, idiosyncratic show at Planet Hollywood is nothing short of a revelation. And we’re just getting started with the superlatives.

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

Forget what you know about Las Vegas magic shows. Xavier Mortimer turns all that on its head.

“Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream,” which we’re going to shorten to “Magical Dream” to avoid developing carpal tunnel, sounds like it’s probably a magic show, and it does have a lot of magical elements.

But “Magical Dream” isn’t entirely magic. It’s not entirely anything, other than awe-inspiring.

“Magical Dream” is, ultimately, a Cirque du Soleil-style show, but performed by one guy (Xavier Mortimer) and his co-star (Lauren Metter) who serves as a romantic interest and dance partner.

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

Xavier Mortimer will make you feel like a kid again. And make your kids feel like embryos. Or something.

The Cirque influence isn’t a coincidence. Mortimer was previously a Cirque performer, including a stint in “Michael Jackson One,” and this is the first time a Cirque performer has launched a headlining residency on the Las Vegas Strip.

The breadth of Mortimer’s talent is stunning. The show is equal parts music, dance, juggling, clowning, mime and mentalism. And that doesn’t begin to do it justice. Oh, and Mortimer is also a masterful quick-change artist. Just for kicks.

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

Just when we thought we were over magic shows, Xavier Mortimer and his evil twin pulled us back in.

“Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” delivers what many shows claim to inspire, but too few actually can: Surprise and wonder.

Each sequence of the show is inventive, meticulously rehearsed and flawlessly performed.

Mortimer is so talented, we’re not entirely convinced audience members fully grasp how difficult his feats actually are.

From close-up magic to levitation, Mortimer’s performance is so effortless, he makes the miraculous look like no big deal.

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

We didn’t forget you, Lauren. How could we?

What’s miraculous is that “Magical Dream” takes place in a theater roughly the size of your living room. The Sin City Theater, on Planet Hollywood’s mezzanine level, is intimate to say the least. Mortimer fearlessly performs his illusions just feet away from the front row, and overcomes the challenges of a tiny stage and peculiar sight lines to give audiences a show so good, it’s a crime it hasn’t gotten more buzz.

How good is this show? About halfway through, we wept.

Well, maybe not a full weep, but we welled up. It was a definite well. We welled up because as each sequence unfolded, we realized we were in the presence of something incredibly rare: Sheer creativity.

Some of the sequences in “Magical Dream” feature props and illusions that seem familiar at first. In one case, it’s the diabolo (see below), sometimes called a “Chinese yo-yo.” As the routine progresses, though, you see things you’re fairly sure are impossible. Every sequence defies and surpasses all expectations.

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

Just when you think you know what’s next, you’re Mortified. Which Xavier Mortimer should totally steal to use in his advertising.

“Magical Dream” flies by, running just over an hour long. By the end, you’re left breathless and baffled and in disbelief. Unlike too many Las Vegas shows, this one leaves you wanting more.

If we have any quibbles with the show, it’s the sometimes awkward patter between the vignettes. To his credit, Mortimer says he believes a show isn’t great until it’s been performed 100 times, and he’s constantly striving to make it better, even tweaking the show during the show. While performing in the show. Seriously.

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

Both silly and sublime, “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” is an hour-long exercise in whimsy.

“Magical Dream” is family-friendly fare, and tickets are $49 general admission, $69 VIP. Find out more at the show’s official site.

After the show, Mortimer and Metter invite guests to take part in a free meet-and-greet, the perfect opportunity to gush over these gifted performers.

Have we talked up the show too much? Possibly. We love what we love. Here’s the thing. See it, and let us know what you think. Especially if you agree. We love when that happens.

If you’re looking for an ingenious, fresh, spellbinding departure from the average Las Vegas magic show, “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” is truly a dream come true.

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  • baseballcraig

    I am a frequent traveler to Las Vegas. You can easily find me in Las Vegas at least four time a year. Due to my aversion to mass transit, I take a cab everywhere. I should say, I “Used” to take a cab everywhere. I began using Uber almost one year ago this holiday season. I am a HUGE fan of alternate transportation services for Las Vegas. That statement also goes for all the other cities I visit. The economic factor is a big plus. Most Uber fares are at least 50% cheaper than cabs. Uber drivers are more engaging and knowledgeable. Our interests in Las Vegas over the years has expanded out beyond the three notable areas. Standard cab drivers know only 3 places, the airport, the strip, and downtown. Do not dare ask a cab driver to take you away from the golden travel triangle. On several occasions we found ourselves struggling to find a cab. One Saturday night we went to see a burlesque show off the strip. We called a cab company after the show to come pick us up. Needles to say, they refused. When we were lucky enough to find a cab to come pick us up, we had to wait over 30 minutes. The cabbie was not pleased that he was pulled off the strip on a Saturday night. Uber and Lyft are the greatest alternate to Cab Companies. I take the deep reduction in the fare that I would have normally paid a cab and tip Uber/Lyft driver more than I would ever consider a “cabbie”. The alternate transportation services have forced the old world monopolies to reconsider the way they charge and treat the consumer.

  • Amy Trotter Turner

    I have the same concern as Craig. This show has been running for months, and I was oblivious. Anything that makes Vital Vegas half weep is worthy of my time.

  • Strkr

    I saw this the last time I was in Vegas this past September. It was actually a pretty cool show. He definitely works hard and I think it would actually benefit from being in a somewhat larger venue. Plus they are both rather young and cute and talented which never hurts..