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Haruo Shimada

Known throughout the world as an elegant and classical performer, Shimada has firmly established himself as one of the most successful magicians of all time. His phenomenal career has taken him to every corner of the globe, encompassed thousands of stage and television appearances and has earned him the prestige of being one of the most awarded and celebrated magician in the history of magic.

   For five years Shimada appeared as the guest star of "Splash!", the Riviera Hotel’s highly acclaimed stage spectacular. With four television specials filmed around him from Japan in 1989, he became that country’s most popular magician and was the first Japanese entertainer to star in a Las Vegas production show for an extended multiple-year contract.

   His list of television appearances reads like a Who's Who in entertainment. He appeared on The Tonight show with Johnny Carson four times and has also worked with such entertainment giants as Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Bill Cosby and a host of others. Shimada has appeared on every major television network as well as on cable television specials on HBO and Showtime. Internationally, he has done hundreds of guest spots on top television programs and variety shows and has been seen by an estimated 100 million viewers.

   Having traveled the world several times over, Shimada has performed on some of the finest stages and showrooms in existence including the Legendary Olympia Theatre in Paris, the Palladium in London, Alte Opera in Frankfurt, Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, and Nichigeki in Tokyo.

   In Las Vegas, Shimada has appeared in virtually all the major showrooms and established himself as a prominent part of the city's rich and illustrious entertainment history. When Liberace was at the Hilton Las Vegas several times in 1982, it was Shimada who performed as his opening act.

During his featured spot in "Splash!" he performed his legendary Dove Act which has brought him much acclaim and admiration. With elegance, grace and undeniable mystery, Shimada is captivating the moment he steps on stage. The sheer intensity of his eyes hypnotizes the audience as he performs feat after feat of flawless magic with doves and silks, cards and candles.

Shimada is also famous for his spectacular Dragon Act in which, after producing a multitude of colorful parasols, he battles gigantic 60-foot-long fire-breathing dragons in a mythical tale set against a spectacular kabuki theatre backdrop.

Unquestionably, Shimada is one of the top performers in the world today. His magic is fantastic and his experience extraordinary. For unique entertainment and originality, there is only one Shimada.