Illusionist Rob Lake begins residency at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe |

Illusionist Rob Lake begins residency at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Autumn Whitney
Illusionist Rob Lake begins a two-week residency at Harrah's Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Dec. 22.
Courtesy / Epic Creative Productions |

Magic is in the air — and not just because we’re in the thick of holiday season. Illusionist Rob Lake makes his debut at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline with a two-week residency that begins Thursday, Dec. 22. Known for captivating tricks that include levitation and vanishing, Lake became the youngest magician in history to receive the Merlin Award for International Stage Magician of the Year — magic’s highest honor — in 2008.

Those who attend his South Shore show can expect to see some of the illusions that helped him notch the award, as well as some never-before-seen tricks.

“I’m debuting brand new illusions when we open next week. But also in the show are some of my favorite illusions we’ve performed all over the world. I do one where I make myself vanish on a motorcycle, in addition to high tech illusions that involve a lot of technology like flat screen TVs and projections that bring magic into the modern era,” Lake said.

His work has been seen by millions of people across the globe, including on network television, in Times Square and on the Las Vegas strip, in addition to in casinos, arenas and theaters. Lake has served as a magic consultant for theatrical productions like “The Phantom of the Opera” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the latter of which featured his work in more than 700 shows.

Those who attend his newest show in South Lake Tahoe can expect a little bit of everything from the performance.

“It’s very interactive. Magic, and experiences from everyone in the theater. Sometimes people think, ‘If I was up close I could figure it out,’ so I bring the magic into the audience. One of the perks is I bring representatives and volunteers from the audience to the stage to be part of it.

“I get to watch everybody’s faces throughout the show. People start out as skeptical, but then give up and enjoy it. To see the wonder, enchantment and excitement is great,” Lake said.

The performer knew he wanted to get into magic and illusions at a very young age.

“I saw a magic show when I was 10 and knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do, and started doing magic full time when I was 20. I would make every friend and family member I knew crazy with card and magic tricks — I made everyone an audience,” Lake explained.

The show he saw as a young boy was Kirby VanBurch’s magic show. Eventually Kirby became Lake’s mentor, and by the age of 16, Lake’s talent was recognized nationally when the Fox Family Channel named him America’s Greatest Young Magician. The rest is history.

“As kids we grow up believing magic could be real, especially around Christmas. Even for a moment, there’s a look on audiences’ faces where they experience the wonder and childlike sense of anything being possible,” Lake said.

Tickets for The Magic of Rob Lake are available for $34.95 for adults, and $20.95 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Purchase tickets and view the performance schedule online at

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