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Best show in Vegas? 10Best readers vote Penn & Teller

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Winning duo specializes in magic and comedy

From Cirque du Soleil to magicians to stand up comedians, the entertainment options in Las Vegas are second to none and a big part of what makes the city such a popular destination. Who puts on the best show in Sin City? That's what we asked our readers. 

  • Penn & Teller
    Rio Hotel & Casino

    Magic and comedy come together when Penn & Teller take the stage at Rio. This live show features sleight-of-hand and large-scale illusions, sideshow routines and physical comedy. The duo hang around for meet-and-greet sessions outside the theater.
    Photo courtesy of Penn & Teller

  • David Copperfield
    MGM Grand

    David Copperfield, arguably the world’s most famous illusionist, has long been an institution in Las Vegas. During his daily shows at MGM Grand, Copperfield performs some of the same magic tricks that made him famous.
    Photo courtesy of MGM Grand

  • Legends in Concert
    Tropicana

    If you’re having a hard time decided who to see in Vegas, consider Legends in Concert at Tropicana Las Vegas. This ultimate tribute show – one of the longest running shows in the city – brings to life hits from music legends like Elvis, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Rod Stewart and Cindi Lauper.
    Photo courtesy of Legends in Concert

  • Mat Franco Magic Reinvented Nightly
    The LINQ

    America’s Got Talent winner Mat Franco takes the stage at The LINQ for what has quickly become one of Vegas’s top magic shows, Magic Reinvented Nightly. This immersive live performance blends some of Mat’s signature illusions with all-new creations.
    Photo courtesy of Mat Franco

  • Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl
    Flamingo Las Vegas

    Singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Abdul headlines her residency Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Guests get to see the pop legend perform her greatest hits, as well as reveal some stories from her career, including behind-the-scenes moments from American Idol.
    Photo courtesy of Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

  • Le Rêve
    Wynn Las Vegas

    Le Rêve means “The Dream” – a dreamy show at the Wynn staged on a circular aquatic theater. The show tells the story of The Dreamer through acrobatics, synchronized swimming and an impressive 80-foot dive.
    Photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

  • Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment
    The Mirage

    Terry Fator takes the stage at The Mirage for a performance filled with singing, comedy, puppetry and the celebrity impressions that helped factor win America’s Got Talent. Audiences will get to know a diverse cast of characters, including Winston the Turtle, Emma Taylor (the little girl with the big voice) and lounge singer Monty Carlo.
    Photo courtesy of The Mirage

  • Big Elvis
    Harrah's Hotel & Casino

    No trip to Vegas would be complete without an Elvis encounter, and Pete Vallee, a.k.a. Big Elvis, is one of the best impersonators on the strip. His show at the Harrah’s Piano Bar features all the top Elvis hits across six decades. It’s considered one of the best free shows on the Strip.
    Photo courtesy of Big Elvis

  • Absinthe
    Caesars Palace

    Absinthe at Caesars Palace recreates the circular stage of a traveling circus for an immersive, adults-only performance of circus, burlesque and vaudeville “inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late 19th century Europe.”
    Photo courtesy of Absinthe

  • Mariah Carey: The Butterfly Returns
    Caesars Palace

    Mariah Carey takes the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for her residency The Butterfly Returns. Show goers are treated to a performance by the bestselling female artist of all time, including some of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 number one singles.
    Photo courtesy of Mariah Carey

The top 10 winners in the category Best Las Vegas Show are as follows:

  1. Penn & Teller - Rio Hotel & Casino
  2. David Copperfield - MGM Grand
  3. Legends in Concert - Tropicana
  4. Mat Franco Magic Reinvented Nightly - The LINQ
  5. Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl - Flamingo Las Vegas
  6. Le Rêve - Wynn Las Vegas
  7. Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment - The Mirage
  8. Big Elvis - Harrah's Hotel & Casino
  9. Absinthe - Caesars Palace
  10. Mariah Carey: The Butterfly Returns - Caesars Palace

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning shows!

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