Xavier Mortimer is bewitching audiences at Planet Hollywood.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018|2 a.m.
. The six-month agreement. That’s how Vegas gets you.
French artist and illusionist Xavier Mortimer is just among the performers who pertained to town on a six-month contract and ended up staying for several years. In his case, he was called by Cirque du Soleil to be part of the creation of “Michael Jackson ONE” at Mandalay Bay five years ago. He played the character of Sneaky in one of the Strip’s most popular productions for more than 3 years.
“It was among the very best experiences I have actually had,” Mortimer states. “I didn’t wish to leave Cirque, however I had this new chance to open my own show on the Strip. It was something entirely various, to go from being a part of a big group and something extremely stable to now, you have to defend yourself and be everywhere and offer tickets.”
The gamble appears to have paid off. In December, “Xavier Mortimer’s Wonderful Dream” was extended for a 2nd year in the Sin City Theater at World Hollywood. It’s not just Mortimer’s own Vegas program, it’s a fantasy that displays his full variety of abilities.
“The impressions are original, my production, so you have actually never seen them anywhere. And there’s a story, too, about a dream,” he says. “There are various scenes or pictures and it’s really fantasy-oriented. I matured establishing these impressions because I was more into that dream theme than sawing a woman in half. That’s why I ended up at Cirque. They saw me and stated, ‘this man is our mood.'”
Mortimer is the first former Cirque du Soleil performer to heading his own show on the Strip. His spirited, whimsical design– developing an orchestra with his shadows, dancing with a broomstick– intertwines funny and poetry, music and mime artistry. “Individuals like David Copperfield were big-time in my early life, but likewise I’m a long time fan of Cirque and I love a big series of art, music and funny,” he says. “Charlie Chaplin, obviously, due to the fact that my program consists of a lot of physical funny, some action and balancings and just things taking place to the character in that design.”
The magic-show landscape on the Strip is a crowded one, but Mortimer has actually already set himself apart with an unique style and an immersive, family-friendly production.
“I built this whole story around what I do,” he says. “My obstacle is to get this to be successful and work to be the very best I can be every day, not take on other programs. If they like me in Vegas, I’m going to remain.”
“Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” takes the stage at the Sin City Theater at World Hollywood (3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-6737) at 7 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and more details can be found at xaviermortimer.com.