Las Vegas is certainly a magical place – last week especially, when there were two magic conventions in town – sort of. The 13th annual Magic Live conference brought 800 illusionists to the Orleans Hotel, including Penn and Teller and David Blaine, who found time between tricks to make a Kobe burger disappear from his plate at the N9NE Steakhouse. The other convention was MAGIC – that is, the Men's Apparel Guild in California. Anna Nicole Smith, Tara Reid and Bijou Phillips showed up for the fashion shows.
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"Boxers and Bustiers" was the theme for Saturday afternoon's poolside bash at the Hard Rock Hotel attended by both the embattled Courtney Love and adult film star Jenna Jameson. The night before, Jameson signed copies of her new book, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, at – you guessed it – the Virgin Megastore.
Illusionist Roy Horn will celebrate his 60th birthday on Oct. 3 with a party at his old stomping grounds, the Mirage Hotel and Casino. The celebration also marks the one-year anniversary of his near-fatal mauling by a tiger in the now-cancelled Siegfried & Roy show.
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Recently Spotted in Sin City:
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, enjoying a pizza and a steak Monday night at Simon Kitchen at the Hard Rock, served to him personally by owner Kerry Simon.
Michael Jordan and TV reality billionaire Mark Cuban, ducking out a back door at the Bellagio's Fix restaurant to avoid being mobbed by fans. They reappeared later next door at trendy nightclub Light.
Maroon 5, giving a poolside concert at the Hard Rock.
By SEAN DALY