LAS VEGAS (June 22, 2018) – Piff the Magic Dragon, who performs in his popular show alongside Mr. Piffles, the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua™, hosted “Piff’s Ping Pong Pifftacular” tournament on Wednesday, June 20 at the Beach Club at Flamingo Las Vegas. All proceeds were raised to benefit students of the local Mission High School, a comprehensive secondary school designed for students in recovery from substance abuse, use or dependency.
Participating celebrities included Matt and Angela Stabile, producers of X Burlesque, X Country, X Rocks and Piff the Magic Dragon; Absinthe; Toby Allen from Human Nature; John Caparulo; Laugh Factory Las Vegas partner Harry Basil; Laugh Factory headliner Felicia Michaels; Comedy Cellar headliners Jeremy Freid and Des Bishop; Anthony Cools; Joe Labero of INFERNO: The Fire Spectacular; Elvis of Legends In Concert; Mac King; Miss Behave Gameshow; Bebe Francois from Mystère by Cirque du Soleil; OPIUM; Frankie Sidoris; Melody Sweets; Tenors of Rock; X Burlesque; X Country; X Rocks; Xavier Mortimer; and, of course, Piff the Magic Dragon.
Tournament highlights included:
Mac King arriving with two arms in slings, before Xavier Mortimer inspired him to rise to the occasion
Gypsy Wood from OPIUM going head to head with Kasey Wilson from Absinthe for best Spiegelworld player
Battle of the comedians with Des Bishop (Comedy Cellar), Jeremy Fried (Comedy Cellar), Felicia Michaels (Laugh Factory) and John Caparulo (Harrah’s)
An English showdown between Miss Behave Gameshow and Tenors of Rock
The X Shows showdown with dancers from X Burlesque, X Country and X Rocks playing against show producers Matt and Angela Stabile
After five rounds, it was down to Frankie Sidoris, who performs with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, vs. Joe Labero from INFERNO. Labero stormed to a crushing victory, taking the two games required with the kind of ruthless efficiency one would expect.
All was not done though, as Labero still had to take on Piff the Magic Dragon, indisputably the Greatest Ping Pong Playing Magic Dragon of All Time, in a best-of-one-point game to decide the ultimate champion.
In a stunning upset, Piff emerged victorious and carried home the trophy. While Labero fought well, he had to make do with the defeat.
Piff said, “I’d like to take a moment to congratulate myself for winning my own ping pong tournament. All it took was establishing a hit show in Las Vegas, inviting a whole group of local celebrities, and then scamming my way to victory.”
Mission High School (MHS) is a comprehensive secondary school designed for students in recovery from substance abuse, use or dependency. There is No Hero in Heroin (TINHIH), established in June 2013, has partnered with Clark County School District (CCSD) in a groundbreaking way to combat the unprecedented opioid epidemic with the development and opening of the first-in-the-nation public recovery high school. To date, 37 students are enrolled at MHS. Students come from a variety of social-economic backgrounds, families and neighborhoods. All have one thing in common- they suffer from substance use disorder and they want to get well. Since opening in August 2017, the students who came in with severe credit deficiencies have increased their academic scores by more than 20 percent.
Piff may bill himself as the Loser of Season 10 of “America’s Got Talent,” but he has proven he is anything but as the plucky British magician/comedian/genuine magic dragon playing to sold out crowds on tour dates across the United States. Don’t miss Piff’s shows at Flamingo Las Vegas all summer long, from June 7 through August 12. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. Showtime is 8 p.m. VIP Meet & Greet packages are also available on Ticketmaster and include a private party with Piff before the show. Piff’s Private Party starts at 7 p.m.
ABOUT PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON
Imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With more than 50 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff is the standout star of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and Season 10 of “America’s Got Talent.” He has performed for hundreds of thousands of people in prestigious venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the O2 Arena in London, and the Sydney Opera House. He was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date U.K. tour and graces the cover of their Grammy award-winning album “Babel.” Following his success on “America’s Got Talent,” Piff was offered a solo show at the iconic Flamingo Las Vegas where he now resides, splitting his show schedule between Sin City and touring all across North America.His sidekick Mr. Piffles, The World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua™, has been levitated, laminated, shackled in a straitjacket and shot out of a cannon, all in the name of entertainment. Just one thing: They don’t do children’s parties.
For more information or tickets, visit PifftheMagicDragon.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @piffthemagicdragon and Twitter @thepiff.
FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Flamingo Las Vegas is a true desert oasis. The center-Strip resort features more than 3,500 guest rooms and suites, including the FAB rooms and the award-winning Flamingo GO Rooms and Mini Suites. Celebrating its 70thanniversary at the end of 2016, the historic hotel-casino is home to a sprawling 15-acre pool and wildlife habitat complete with waterfalls, mature island vegetation and tropical wildlife, three distinctive pools including the adult GO Pool Dayclub, and several outdoor wedding gardens. Flamingo Las Vegas offers a wide variety of dining options with eateries such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Center Cut Steakhouse and Mexican hot spot Carlos ’n Charlie’s. The resort also hosts an all-star line-up of entertainers including brother-sister duo Donny & Marie, Legends in Concert, Piff the Magic Dragon and the late night adult revue X Burlesque. Flamingo Las Vegas is operated by Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit flamingolasvegas.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find Flamingo Las Vegas on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.