Kimo’s Vegas

‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’. Photo from Kimo Akane

‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’. Photo from Kimo Akane

WELCOME TO Kimo’s Vegas … the Player’s Edge!

THE NEW STEVE Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde flick, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, was filmed in Vegas. The movie’s magical rivalry is not based on a specific real-life riff, but does reflect the intense competitive conflict that exits among magicians. David Copperfield created the film’s signature illusion “The Hangman” that was shot in one continuous take … no camera tricks.

IF YOU POSSESS a palate that appreciates the subtle difference in fine cuisine, your taste buds may find interest in the latest issue of Las Vegas Weekly. There’s an interview with Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood that gets into the science of eating … like the enzyme papain that digests 20 times its weight in protein. So powerful, it’s even used as a meat tenderizer. Next time you get one man-o-war or bee sting or step on da vana, try treat it with a paste made from Accent. Chef says it sucks the poison right out.

THE BELLAGIO BUFFET has added a Caviar Bar to its Friday and Saturday menu. Before you drop the $40 for a seat at the feast, keep in mind … chefs serve the salty delicacy on blinis and recommend you not pig out on the roe.

THERE ARE MORE than 800 live butterflies in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens spring presentation. They import them from all over the world, including Costa Rica, Kenya and the Philippines. The ones with the electric-blue wings remind me of Carlos Santana’s sixth album, Borboletta, Portuguese for butterfly.

CAESARS PALACE, HARRAH’s, Bally’s, the Flamingo, the Quad, Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood have exchanged their longtime “no resort fee” policy for a $15- to $25-per-night resort fee (varies by property). The new charges are in effect for reservations made after March 1. These fees are not always charged to comp’ed guests, but check before you check in if you have an aversion to the assessment.

THE FIRST STEP is the toughest … In the last three years SkyJump at the Stratosphere has had more than 100,000 folks leap off the building. Slightly loftier than its Auckland sibling – 629 feet compared to 855 feet – but either way, it’s the trip of a lifetime.

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