“Absinthe” and “Piff the Magic Dragon” Lead Return of Las Vegas Shows

Two of our favorite Las Vegas shows are reopening and we’re fully engorged with anticipation at the news.

“Absinthe” reopens at Caesars Palace on Oct. 28, 2020.

“Piff the Magic Dragon” reopens at Flamingo on Oct. 29, 2020.

Shows are back on the Las Vegas Strip! Even more importantly, laughter is back, and it’s about damned time.

Absinthe balancing act

The thrills, and wildly inappropriate humor, are back.

Both shows have implemented strict safety protocols to assuage COVID-19 concerns and are setting the stage for others to follow suit.

For example, “Absinthe” will have “cabaret-style seating” inside the show’s tent outside Caesars. This seating will allow parties of two to five to reserve tables positioned no less than six feet apart.

The venue also has a new air purification system, guests will be temperature screened, masks will be mandatory and table service will be provided to avoid the need for guests to line up at the bar for drinks.

“Absinthe,” of course, is one of the most popular and successful shows in the history of Las Vegas.

The show features one jaw-dropping variety act after another, and the festivities are hosted by The Gazillionaire and his assistant, Penny Pibbets.

Spiegelworld produces “Absinthe” at Caesars, as well as “Atomic Saloon” at Venetian and “Opium” at Cosmopolitan.

The company’s founder (sorry, “Impresario Extraordinaire”), Ross Mollison, says his other shows will return “very soon.”

Ross Mollison

Producer Ross Mollison is responsible for some of our favorite Las Vegas things. No, he didn’t invent Captain Morgan. Nobody’s perfect.

We trust “Opium” will no longer have performers spitting bananas into each others mouths, and cast members throwing dinner rolls into the audience at “Atomic Saloon” is likely to be nixed. Bummer.

“Absinthe” will have performances Wednesday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. starting Oct. 28, 2020. Tickets here.

“Piff the Magic Dragon” is a hilarious comedy-magic show featuring demented genius John van der Put, his showgirl assistant Jade Simone and Piff’s pup, Mr. Piffles.

We rank Piff’s show among the very best, and funniest, in Las Vegas and we tend to hate everything.

Piff’s show has a lot of audience interaction, with audience members being asked up on stage (we’ll never live that down), but we assume there will be workarounds for those elements for the time being.

“Piff the Magic Dragon” will temporarily move into the Flamingo Showroom. The room can accommodate 250 people, the current limit for gatherings in Nevada.

Piff performs Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. starting Oct. 29, 2020. Tickets here.


Girlie, squirrelly and surly.

Some Las Vegas news is more fun to share than others, and this update is particularly gratifying.

While Las Vegas has been slowly recovering, the lack of shows has been painful.

It’s apropos “Absinthe” and “Piff” are among the first shows to reopen, as they represent the kind of Las Vegas shows we personally love, stuffed to the gills with originality, irreverence and mirth.

Also on the mirthy tip, it’s worth noting stand-up comedy shows have reopened at The Strat (L.A. Comedy Club) and Downtown Grand (Delirious Comedy Club).

The return of must-see Las Vegas shows like “Absinthe” and “Piff” isn’t merely a relief for the casts and crews whose lives and livelihoods have been on hold for seven months, it’s an invitation to experience unbridled, sometimes raunchy, joy in Las Vegas again.

The way Mother Nature, and The Gazillionaire, intended.

10 thoughts on ““Absinthe” and “Piff the Magic Dragon” Lead Return of Las Vegas Shows

    1. Jackson

      I don’t wish them well…precisely because of the way the COVID numbers are going.

      The producers of these shows are putting money over the health and safety of their employees and patrons. It’s shameful.

      And anyone that wants to attack me for having that opinion should know that I’ve been out of work due to COVID since mid March.

  1. Coop

    2020 is such a tough year to decide whats best for others. How will I ever manage.
    (Sorry Scott, I should leave the snark to you)
    Just go when you are comfortable. Common Sense. If you caring for Granny at home then don’t go. If your young and don’t care about risks, Go and keep it open for me when I get comfortable to go. Hope it will still exist. At some point Human beings have to be responsible for themselves. Don’t feel safe at Piff? Why are you in Vegas? You know they don’t force you to see Piff? I would never base my decisions on a Casino operators idea of Safe and Healthy.

    1. AB8464

      Your comment makes sense except for the fact that COVID is highly contagious. The more people that decide to “assume the risks” the longer this nightmare will go on. It’s not about fear, “granny” or being macho, it’s about collective action to deal with a crisis. Wishing the pandemic away sadly doesn’t work.

  2. Awesome Kong

    If you can make a socially distanced showroom work, awesome!

    If you want to spend the cash it requires to sit in that showroom and wear a mask when you’re not sipping Bacardi and diet, awesome!

  3. MrBuzzkill

    Is it possible to produce a Vegas show that is safe for the unvaccinated public to attend? Delta, United, and American all disclosed last month that their flight attendants are getting caronavirus at less than 1/2 the rate of the general US population. Only 0.8% compared to 2%. Their unions back up these stats as well.
    I know it seems incredible, but this evidence suggests it is indeed possible to work inches away from hundreds of strangers crammed into a small space for hours at a time — day after day — and not become infected. I’m never the smartest person in the room, so I admit I have no idea how it’s done. But it wouldn’t be the first thing I’ve seen in Vegas that I thought was impossible.

  4. Sean Johnson

    Can’t wait for Cirque to come back and Blue Man Group too! Waiting for a vaccine to make you feel safe is insane. This virus will be with us for a long time, just as many others are still with us. The numbers are very clear. The death rate is .0004. You have a greater chance of getting killed in an auto accident than the virus. The average age of death is 81 with multiple comorbidities. Who cares about testing positive. You probably tested positive for the flu last year, but it never affected you and you didn’t even know it. Most people have already been exposed to it (it’s been around since February) and didn’t even know it! I’ve spent a week in Vegas, a week in Disney World with crowds with no issues. I’ve survived four pandemics, so have hundreds of millions. Time to follow the science and end the fear mongering.

  5. Sam65

    Nice try. According to the CDC (the agency run by your hero’s administration) website, 218K people have died and 7.8 million have had confirmed cases in the US. That comes out to a death rate of 2.7%. Where the hell do you get a death rate of .0004? Let me guess, you made it up.

    Now if we shoot for here immunity like you seem to be suggesting, that means about 200 million Americans will get sick. 200 million x 2.7% death rate is 5.4 million deaths. You okay with that? If so, you’re part of an anti-life death cult of personality. But enjoy the Cirque show though tough guy.

  6. Coop

    As a responsible citizen…(look it up)….https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/10/20/cdc-from-january-to-october-us-had-299k-more-deaths-than-in-previous-years/

    I need to clean up a link I shared from the CDC previously they have since updated, changed or edited. This new CDC website paints a more clear picture. I stand corrected. I was wrong in my previous opinion.
    But you may never know that as it has now been censored off of Vital Vegas. Scott! WTF? Hmmm.
    Since we cannot have adult conversations anywhere anymore. I choose to clean this up myself.


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