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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nice Comments from Nice People!

Here are just a few more reviews in the form of comments left at the Spike and Hammer FB page regarding the show. As always, we're humbled by the kind remarks, honored that people came to the show, and happy to have a venue to bring our oddball style of comedy and magic to audiences every week.

Thanks so much to everyone for being our friends and fans!

"We loved your show!!!:-)"
- Britni Lovato, Thornton, Colorado

"Great show, guys. It was a lot of fun."
- Jason Walker, Elko, MN

"Thanks for the great show!!!"
- Juan Garcia, Littlefield, TX

"I never cease to be amazed at how well you two work off each other, and work off the audience. You make the best use of "volunteers" I have ever seen in a Vegas show! Your humor is drop dead funny, and razor sharp accurate! I've never see the same show twice when I've come to see Spike and Hammer. And your comedic timing is amazing!"
- "Uncle" Charlie U., Laughlin, NV

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Afternoon Comedy Magic Show Starring Spike and Hammer: Preview Video

Click the text link! You know you wanna!
Here's the new promotional video for

Afternoon Comedy Magic Show

Spike and Hammer.

Feel free to share this with your friends who are
heading to Las Vegas in the future.

Tickets are available at the Four Queens Box Office.
Call 800-634-6045

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Random Celebrity Photos Vol 9: Tony Curtis!

Andy Martello and Tony CurtisPerhaps it is just something that "happens" if you live in Vegas long enough. Maybe it was just a lucky day for me. Ultimately, it was one more reason why I love living in Las Vegas.

Today, I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of the legendary Hollywood actor, the gifted artist, and a true Las Vegan, Tony Curtis.

Now 85 years old, Mr. Curtis (even though he insisted, I respect him too much to simply call him, "Tony") was a guest at a luncheon I attend once a month. This "Media Club" luncheon is filled with long-time Las Vegas residents, many of whom have ties to public relations, newspapers, and other media in the area who get together to share memories. I was fortunate enough to not only attend, but emcee the thing.

As you know I generally don't get all "can I have an autograph" or "please take a photo with me" around celebrities in general. However, for me this was something of a rarity as I was truly giddy at the though of sharing a lunch, a story, and a few moments of conversation with the man.

Mr. Curtis was easily one of the more charming and gracious people I'd ever met in show business. He was a true gentleman and as interested in what I did for a living as I was in what he does. Without even batting an eye, he was more than kind enough to share some stories, and sign a little piece of memorabilia I bought at a local antique store some time ago.

What you are looking at is a ticket for admission to see "40 pounds of Trouble!"(watch the trailer on which came out in 1962 and starred Suzanne Pleshette, Phil Silvers, and Larry Storch, among others. I bought this for three reasons.

1) It was just too cool and would make a fine addition to my wall of Vegas oddities (Check out the perforated playing cards on the ticket!)
2) The price was right
3) I knew Mr. Curtis lived in Las Vegas and I thought that MAYBE someday I'd get a chance to meet the guy and have him sign it.

Not even a full couple of years later I had my chance to meet him.

Not only did he sign it, and was genuinely pleased to see such an artifact, but he took the time to ask me about it, about me and my life, and my time in Las Vegas - all while sketching out a little scene on top of the ticket to memorialize out meeting at a luncheon. He added the little tag "Andy - At last we meet."

If you were not aware, Mr. Curtis is an accomplished artist and his works are truly respected across the world. To have him simply sketch out a silly doodle and personalize it to me in such a fashion make the whole memory of the event that much more amazing and surreal to me. What a great honor!

During his time as our guest speaker he spoke fondly about his life, his career, and the friendships he's made. he reflected upon how wonderfully Las Vegas and the world has treated him over the years. He even offered to come and see my show at the Four Queens (being a magician himself), though I'm confident I'll not see him there anytime soon. Mr. Tony Curtis was and is a class act and it was my honor to meet him and be able to share these images with you today.

UPDATE: September 29, 2010

With the passing of Mr. Tony Curtis I thought I'd add more form that day. CLICK HERE to read more.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This Father's Day, Treat Your Old Man Like a Kid!

Check out the spectacular offer for tickets to see
Spike and Hammer this Father's Day!


Click the link or the image above and print the coupon
to be redeemed at the Four Queens!

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Monday, June 07, 2010

The Reviews Keep Rolling in for Spike and Hammer

I love real reviews from real people!

Yeah I know that official media reviewers are "real people". I just mean that it somehow means more to me to hear great things form everyday people who come to see our show and are genuinely happy they did.

Soon after receiving such a heartfelt and glowing review on City-Data, some folks decided to check out the show for themselves. Even better was the fact that they felt compelled to respond on that bulletin board and add their own review.

We are always grateful for anyone who tries to spread the word and this instance is no exception. We always encourage fans to tell their friends in whatever manner they see fit. We also know not every review will be stellar...but we're sure happy that most every one we've seen thus far has been so positive!

Here's a follow-up post found on

"I just got back from the show. I spoke to them afterward... they remembered you and appreciated the review you posted here.

You were right.... they are fantastic and funnier than hell. My stomach hurt several times from laughing so hard. I highly recommend spending an afternoon to go see them. Great show - they definitely deserve a bigger stage!

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Real Reviews from Real People: Afternoon Comedy magic Show Starring Spike and Hammer

Got an email from Scott, a man who saw our show with his wife this past Thursday and truly loved it.

He told us he'd posted a review on, a travel/city info site he frequents.

I really love it when we strike such a powerful chord with our audience. I know not all reviews will be this great, but it is sure heart-warming when they are.

Thanks, Scott!

Spike & Hammer - A Fantastic Show Downtown

As you know, I'm relatively new to Vegas, so some of you may already be aware of this, but I wanted to advise everyone of a fantastic afternoon show at the Four Queens downtown: Spike & Hammer. These guys put on a hilarious comedy magic act in the LA Comedy Showroom at 4:00pm.

First of all, let me emphasize that I am not usually a fan of magic acts, and would never spend good (or bad) money to see a magician. And in fact, going to the show yesterday was not my idea, but I was with a group of people who wanted to see it, so I figured that I would suffer through it for what I thought would be a poor-to-mediocre 30-45 minute magic show. Boy, was I wrong!

From the opening minutes, this show was a non-stop laugh riot, pausing only for some serious magic acts where laughter would not be appropriate. There was also a lot of audience participation (including my wife and myself) in the acts that added to the great time had by all. Spike and Hammer are both funny and talented, and are very personable, as demonstrated by their constant interaction with the audience.

We've spent hundreds of dollars for tickets to shows on the Strip and not had as enjoyable a time as we had yesterday afternoon for a fraction of the cost. Regular price for the tickets is only $14.95, although our group had received discount coupons that were being handed out at the entrance to the Four Queens on Fremont Street that reduced the cost to $9.95, which included a drink from the bar in the showroom.

The only disappointing aspect of the afternoon was the small size of the audience. I don't think that there were more than 30-40 in attendance. But I guess that is understandable given that I, myself, had to be coerced into going. But that was just because I was clueless as to how good the show was going to be. These guys definitely deserve a larger audience and I am doing my part to make it so! If you go to the show based on my recommendation, not only do I guarantee that you won't be sorry, I'll wager that you'll come back to this board and post a thank-you to me!

I know that whenever we have visitors in the future, we will definitely take them to see Spike & Hammer. In fact, we may not even wait for visitors; next time we're downtown we'll probably drop in to see them again. And this time, I won't need to be coerced!

If you're interested in seeing a little something of what I've been raving about, here's a link I came across to a short video on their own website:

Spike and Hammer Comedy Magic Promo Video

P.S. What I thought was going to be a 30-45 minute show, actually turned out to be almost an hour-and-a-half. Ten bucks, a drink, and 1 1/2 hours of entertainment!

Where else but in Vegas! God, I love this town!

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Well I Guess I'm Forty