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Archive for October, 2008

We have a closed community of “Luxor Insiders” that give us feedback, help us choose new ads and provide us with great ideas about what you want. Someday soon I’m hoping to make the entire community public. But, we’re not there yet. However, I would like to give our twitter followers and blog readers a sneak peak.

So… help us choose our next magazine ad by completing a SUPER short survey. At the end, you’ll be redirected to one of our private offers as a “thank you” for participating. Please note: this invitation is only open until Friday, October 31.

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Below is a guest post written by Cirque du Soleil with quotes from CRISS ANGEL Believe Co-Writer and Director Serge Denoncourt.

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“I find the links between attraction and rejection, good and evil, and sexual urges extremely interesting. This is the world I investigate in my creations.”
—Serge Denoncourt

Co-Writer and Director of CRISS ANGEL Believe, Serge Denoncourt

Co-Writer and Director of CRISS ANGEL Believe, Serge Denoncourt

Serge Denoncourt is known as a true man of the theatre with more than 80 productions to his credit, but he was planning to study medicine when he decided at the age of 18 to audition for the theatre program at a Montreal college called CEGEP Lionel-Groulx. He was accepted, and when he graduated in 1983 he started his career as an actor. In 1987 he demonstrated his inventiveness as a director for the first time, with the play Grand et Petit, by Botho Strauss.

Serge Denoncourt is steeped in theatre tradition and known for the visual beauty of his shows, which are typically marked by heightened imagery, vivid use of color and a deep examination of subtext. A versatile artist, Serge also stages operas and even delves into the world of variety shows.

With CRISS ANGEL Believe Serge has sought to return a sense of nobility to magic.

“I don’t like magic shows in general,” he says. “They lack emotion and any sense of a storyline. I took on CRISS ANGEL Believe from the position of one who doesn’t like those kinds of shows because they treat magic as an end in itself. My aim here is to take magic – and Cirque du Soleil – in a completely different direction.”

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Perusing through some of the questions on Yahoo! Answers, I noticed several people asking for Halloween costume ideas. With Halloween only four days away, I thought I’d share some Las Vegas themed Halloween costumes. Enjoy!

  1. Showgirls
  2. GoGo Girls
  3. A pair of dice
  4. Lady Luck
  5. A High Roller
  6. Elvis
  7. Blue Man (for the Blue Man Group)
  8. A Bride and Groom
  9. Penn and Teller
  10. Siegfried and Roy

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Both personally and professionally, I’m a big fan of Twitter. The tool is great for listening, learning and connecting.

A few months ago, Hubspot introduced a new tool called Twitter Grader. Twitter Grader seeks to quantify a person’s Twitter profile by using the following information:

  • The number of followers you have
  • The power of this network of followers
  • The pace of your updates
  • The completeness of your profile
  • …a few others 

Twitter Grader continues to improve and add new features. One feature they added was segmenting their “Twitter Elite” into cities, thus making it easier for more people to reach “Elite” Status.

Well ladies and gentlemen, tonight, LuxorLV is officially part of the Las Vegas Twitter Elite! I even took a screenshot to prove it 🙂 I think this calls for a PB+J martini celebration!

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We updated the url of this blog to http://www.luxorinsider.com! If you had the old url bookmarked or subscribe to the feed, please update accordingly.

Some new widgets were also added to the side – see our latest Flickr picture or my Yahoo! Answers to questions about Las Vegas.

Happy Sunday!

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In July we partnered with Orbitz for their Fill a Plane promotion. 

The idea behind the promotion was as follows: 

  • – Create a plane
  • – Get 300 of your friends to (a) fill it and (b) agree on the destination (Aruba, Las Vegas or Orlando)

The prize package was:

  • – Winner and 299 friends received a 4 day, 3 night trip to one of the participating destinations.
  • – For each person, the prize package included accommodations, airfare and $250 of “play money”.

The promotion was really cool and took off like wild fire with thousands of people participating and choosing Luxor in Las Vegas as their destination of choice!

Example of an ad for the promotion

Example of an ad for the promotion

Part of the Street Team that promoted the Fill a Plane Promotion in various cities

Part of the Street Team that promoted the Fill a Plane Promotion in various cities

The Winner! Kevin from Chicago

The Winner! Kevin from Chicago

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Did You Know

This October celebrates Luxor’s 15th anniversary/birthday. In honor of being 15, I thought I’d share some interesting trivia about the “old” and the “new” Luxor throughout the rest of October.

Did you know:

  • The Luxor light (or Beam) is the most powerful beam of light in the world. The Xenon beam can be seen from outer space and generates 42.2 billion candlepower.
  • It takes a specially designed window washing device 64 hours to clean all four sides of the pyramid.
  • Luxor’s ten-story Sphinx is taller than the original Great Sphinx in Egypt
  • Luxor utilizes 16 incline devices called “inclinators” that transport guests at a 39 degree angle from the casino level to floors #6 and above. [side note: we now call these “elevators”]
  • It takes 553,000 gallons of water to fill the five-acre pool area which includes four pools and four whirlpools.
  • The IMAX Theatre at the Luxor was 68×84 feet making it one of the largest in the world. Note: The IMAX Theatre closed in 2008. Opening in its place will be Titantic: The Artifact Exhibition.
  • Luxor is the second largest resort in the United States (based on number of guest rooms) with over 4,408 rooms and suites.

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