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Updated: 9/20/2013 9:27 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3.com) — Las Vegas show royalty will soon celebrate its 20th birthday. The first Cirque de Soleil show in Las Vegas was Mystere at Treasure Island.

Today there are eight permanent shows. News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli has been talking to current and former performers about why Cirque has been so successful.

Performers say the show makes you feel like you're in a dream and seeing things you never thought possible.

Former Cirque de Soleil performers like Delphine Gaillard are now instructors at Shine, an alternative fitness studio.

“It is very comfortable because again the hammock is supporting me,” she says.

She has performed in more than 3,400 shows during an eight-year period and has helped launch ‘Love.”

“I’m always an artist and going to perfom as an artist, but now I prefer to teach and share my passion and pass my knowledge,” Gaillard said.

Studio owner Dima shine still performs and shows us what he does in "Zumanity" He makes it look easy but that's after training eight hours a day when preparing for the act.

“It’s uncomfortable hours and sweat and blood and tears,” Shine says.

He insists the average person can do some of the moves.

You should hook them somehow and fun is how we hook them up,” Dima said.

But let's face it, we can't do all of the moves, at least not like the pros.

The contortionists, acrobats, sets and the overall spectacle that is Cirque de Soleil in the eight permanent Las Vegas shows captivate many people.

David Schwartz UNLV’s director for gaming research says the show has helped shape modern-day Las Vegas.

“It’s really shifted the paradigm and model for entertainment,” Schwartz said. “It used to be more headliners, more review shows, this really brought in a different element. It brought in the acrobatics and most importantly for international audiences, it was the kind of entertainment you didn’t need to speak English to appreciate,”

The folks at shine agree and say the movements make people want to try them and others pay to see them.

“For one hour and a half you forget everything, and that's what's great about our dream. We make people dream,” Gaillard said.

Mystère opened on Christmas in 1993. Since then there have been several shows and each one tries to out-do the other.

The latest is the Michael Jackson One show that launched in June.

Cirque is announcing special events for the 20th anniversary during the week of November 9- to 16.
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