More than 1.6 million people have viewed – and likely laughed – at Eric Buss’ YouTube clip.
In it, he rides his “bubble-wrap bike,” pedaling merrily over an unspooling roll of bubble wrap that’s attached to the front of the jerry-rigged vehicle, popping plastic all the way. It’s a totally useless expenditure of both time and bubble wrap, but clever in a head-slapping sort of way.
Watching Buss live is anything but a waste of time. He enters on his bike and proceeds to emcee “Masters of Magic” at Reno’s Grand Sierra, one of the best entertainment bargains around, featuring four top-notch illusionists in 90 minutes of magic for $20.
Buss continues to display a series of manipulations with his “magic toolbox,” joins in on a few more traditional illusions with Michael Grandinetti and David Goldrake, and concludes with a symphonic presentation of “snakes” springing out of cans.
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Grandinetti and Goldrake present major twists on classical illusions. Every time you think you’ve seen one too many box tricks, here comes another that throws a wrench into your preconceived notions. They are both smooth manipulators with charming personalities.
Area favorite Mark Kornhauser also appears in the show, correctly identifying far-flung ZIP code locations shouted out from audience members, being a hysterically funny phony psychic, and playing off his talking dog Zsa Zsa. (8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays; Through Aug. 16; $20; grandsierraresort.com)
• It isn’t often a performer has a reputation big enough to fill a casino showroom, but isn’t old enough to gamble legally at the tables. Musician Kory Gibbs is just 14, but he’s built a big enough following to merit a spot at Jackson Rancheria Friday. Known as the “Lightning Boy” with electrifying guitar skills, he appears with his Thundering Blues Band. (7 p.m.; $10;jacksoncasino.com
• Larry the Cable Guy is one of those comedians with whom you’d like to sit down and have a beer. His down-to-earth observations and easy-with-the-audience style identify him as the blue-collar everyman, and despite his fame, he’s comes across as genuine. On stage, he’s a happy guy with clever insights and no pretensions. He’s at Thunder Valley Friday (8 p.m.; $34.75-$83.75;thundervalleyresort.com
• The Go-Gos set the male-dominated punk and New-Wave scene “Head over Heels” in the ’80s. Since then, both the band and their fans have aged some, but that will not stop attendees from having a good time at the “Replay America Tour,” hitting Thunder Valley on Saturday. In addition to the Go-Gos, the bill includes Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and the Motels and Naked Eyes with Pete Byrne. (6 p.m.; $34.25-$83.75;thundervalleyresort.com