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Asylum Fight League 44 at Trump Taj Mahal

WHO ARE THEY: Asylum Fight League is an amateur mixed martial arts league dedicated to nurturing, preparing and showcasing East Coast talent. Several Asylum fighters have gone on to successful professional careers. “The goal has always been that today’s Asylum stars are tomorrow’s UFC stars,” says AFL promoter Carl Mascarenhas. “That’s what the Asylum is all about.”

WHAT TO EXPECT: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is gearing up for the next Asylum Fight League event taking place Saturday night. Asylum Fight League 44 features a fight card consisting of 11 exciting bouts. Cesar Balmaceda (1-0) will take on Chris Landy (0-2), while James Chambers (1-0) battles Allan Hendrickson (2-0). Other great matchups include James Scibetti (0-2) vs. Rodrigo Romulo (1-0), Michael Kim (2-0) vs. Robert Wallin (2-1), Frank Zampese (0-1) vs. Roger Borshe Jr. (2-0) and Kado Ford (1-0) vs. Ivan Perez (0-2).

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SHOW INFO: Tickets are $22, and the event begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Trump Taj Mahal’s Xanadu Theater.

Joe Holiday’s Family Friendly Magic Show at Comedy Stop

WHO IS HE: Joe Holiday is a magician who takes a family-friendly approach to magic and entertainment. The Atlantic City native has performed around the world on cruise ships, at amusement parks and corporate events and has even performed for the U.S. military in China, South Korea and Japan.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Those looking for a show that the whole family can enjoy will want to check out Joe Holiday at the Comedy Stop. Holiday amazes audiences with sleight of hand and stage magic tricks and creates a fun-filled atmosphere that engages children and lets them participate in the show. “We welcome Joe Holiday to the Comedy Stop family,” Comedy Stop owner and producer Bob Kephart says in a statement. “We hope everyone will stop in to take a holiday with Holiday.” The magician, who is an Atlantic City native and South Jersey resident, is excited about the opportunity to perform in his hometown after years on the road. “It’s both an honor and thrill to bring the only family-friendly magic act in Atlantic City to the Comedy Stop this summer,” Holiday says. “After traveling the world to entertain our troops and audiences in other countries for nearly 30 years, it will be great to come back to Atlantic City to entertain the hometown crowd and help the legendary comedy club celebrate their 30 years in the business.”


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Add dinner to your show at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per adult, $5 per child. The show begins 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays at The Comedy Stop Cafe and Cabaret inside Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Ralphie May at Borgata

WHO IS HE: While attending the University of Arkansas, comedian Ralphie May won a radio station-sponsored talent show whose grand prize was an opportunity to open up for comic legend Sam Kinnison. The show went well and May was off and running. He hit the big time in 2003 when he came in second place on NBC’s reality television program “Last Comic Standing.” The obese comic is known for his hip-hop style and quick wit. He has appeared numerous times on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night With Craig Kilborn” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” May has also had several Comedy Central specials including “Girth of a Nation,” “Prime Cut,” “Austin-tatious” and “Too Big To Ignore.”

WHAT TO EXPECT: Big laughs will be had at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box on Saturday, Feb. 22, as Ralphie May takes the stage. The former “Last Comic Standing” finalist incorporates political incorrectness, a street vibe and a natural Southern drawl into his act. As a comic he pulls no punches and goes straight for the gut. There’s nothing small about May or his act.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35 and $39, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Borgata’s Music Box.

Disco Lady Starring Maxine Nightingale

at Resorts

WHO IS SHE: British soul singer Maxine Nightingale became a star during the 1970s during the disco era. Her big hit was “Right Back Where We Started From,” a song which was released in the United Kingdom in the fall of 1975 and reached No. 8 on the charts. The following spring it was released in the U.S. and did even better, making it all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1977 Nightingale scored another U.K. hit with “Love Hit Me.” The singer saw more success in the states with the album “Love Lines” and the 1979 single “Lead Me On,” which reached the top spot on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart. Nightingale teamed with singer Jimmy Ruffin in 1982 for the single “Turn to Me.”

WHAT TO EXPECT: Nightingale comes to Resorts Casino Hotel for an extended run with “Disco Lady,” a show she’s produced exclusively for the casino hotel. The British disco diva will be performing her own hits such as “Right Back Where We Started From,” “Love Hit Me” and Lead Me On,” as well as other hit songs which helped define the era. For those looking to get down and groove to the music, while re-living all of the magic of the 1970s dance scene, this show is a must-see.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the show begins 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Monday, Feb. 10, through April 27, at Resorts’ Superstar Theater.

Masters of Illusion Live at Harrah’s

WHAT IS IT: Following the success of the television series “Masters of Illusion,” the show has hit the road with “Masters of Illusion Live.” The show features an array of amazingly talented magicians and illusionists performing incredible escapes, sleight of hand and street magic. Some of the performers include Farrell Dillon, Greg Gleason, Drexus, Rick Thomas, Michael Finney, Peter Gossamer, Ed Alonzo, Michael Turco, Jonathan Pendragon and John Cassidy.

WHAT TO EXPECT: “Masters of Illusion Live” is the country’s largest touring magic and illusion show. During its extended run at Harrah’s Resort, the show will present some of the world’s most incredible magicians, illusionists and performers. Standouts who have appeared in the show include former Magician of the Year Rick Thomas, Comedy Magician and Academy of Arts Award winner Michael Finney, former Illusionist of the Year Greg Gleason, former Comedy Magician of the year Ed Alonzo, New Jersey’s own Michael Turco and the Grand Master of Grand Illusion Jonathan Pendragon, as well as the talented Farrell Dillon, Peter Gossamer and John Cassidy.

WHAT’s NEW: The “Masters of Illusion Live” lineup changes every week. The schedule for the Harrah’s run is: Gossamer and Alonzo on Feb. 20; and Turco, Pendragon and Cassidy on Feb. 27.


SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Thursdays and runs Feb. 6 through Feb. 27 at Harrah’s Resort’s Concert Venue.

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