If you’ve ever seen a show from Spiegelworld, you know you’re in for one wild ride. Spiegelworld invited us to a showing of “Atomic Saloon Show” inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, and the show was nonstop laughs and impressive performances from start to finish. The show is also celebrating it's third anniversary and beginning September 22, fans around the world can watch a six-part docuseries on Youtube!
One of the most stand-out acts of the show is Christian Stoinev and his adorable Chihuahua. The performer and his furry friend have performed in halftime acts for the NBA and NCAA, in addition to being a major part of “Atomic Saloon Show.” We chatted with him about his favorite places in Las Vegas, the show and his performing career.
Talking to Christian Stoinev, The Mayor at “Atomic Saloon Show”
WT: How did you get your start as a performer?
Stoinev: I’m actually a fifth-generation performer on my mother’s side of the family. I got my start when I was five performing what’s called an unsupported ladder act with my father. Through the next few years, I learned several skills like juggling, unicycling, and eventually hand balancing at the age of ten. I stuck with that, and the rest is history.
WT: Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Las Vegas?
Stoinev: I was born in Sarasota, FL but grew up in New York City while my family was with the Big Apple Circus show for ten years (1999-2009). I went to college from there and moved to Las Vegas in 2018.
WT: What is your favorite thing about living in Las Vegas?
Stoinev: My favorite thing about Las Vegas is that it gave me stability. As a performer and one that has been traveling my entire life, settling down in one place was something that I was more than ready for. I also love that we have a little bit of everything in this city—nightlife, coffee shops, shopping, hiking, and we’re not too far from other major cities like Los Angeles and Phoenix.
WT: What is your favorite spot to bring visiting family and friends?
Stoinev: I love taking friends that visit to the Grand Canyon. It’s one of my favorite places because it gives you a different perspective on life when you notice how incredible our planet is.
WT: If someone asks you for dinner recommendations in Las Vegas, what do you suggest?
Stoinev: My fiancé knows the food scene better than I do, but I would first ask what’s your budget (haha). I would recommend places like Yard House at Town Square because it’s in a great location. But Firefly is another favorite of ours, as is BG Bistro, which is an off-Strip Bulgarian restaurant.
WT: Where are some of your favorite places to go and things to do in Las Vegas on your day off?
Stoinev: I love going to the movie theater, so a lot of my days off are spent there. But also, being a huge sports fan, I like to attend games or just watch them, whether that’s at home or at a local bar with a great atmosphere.