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Performer's Guide to Las Vegas: Lucia Carbines of "Opium"

We chatted with "Opium's" Leeloo about her Las Vegas favorites.

If you've ever been lucky enough to see Spiegelworld's "Opium" at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, you know it's a nonstop variety show filled with comedy, jaw-dropping performers and one of the coolest showrooms in town. During your space voyage from Las Vegas to Uranus, one of the first acts you'll see is Leeloo with her giant balloon and bright pink hair. The performer who plays the fan-favorite is Lucia Carbines, who shares her favorite spots in Las Vegas with us. 

Lucia Carbines Hiking | WhereTraveler
Lucia Carbines Hiking (Courtesy Lucia Carbines)

Lucia Carbines’s Las Vegas Favorites

The Interview

WT: Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Las Vegas?
Carbines: I was born in New Zealand and lived in Australia since I was two years old. I have now lived in Vegas for four years.

WT: How did you get your start as a performer?
Carbines: I grew up dancing from a very young age, then started playing the violin and started busking/street performing at the age of 8. I always knew I loved performing and discovered the circus at the age of 13 and never looked back. I realized I’d found something I loved that I could also make a living from, so I dedicated myself to it.

WT: What is your favorite thing about living in Las Vegas?
Carbines: I’m an ocean baby, so I thought living in the desert would never agree with me. Although I still miss the ocean and go as often as I can. Vegas has grown on me. I love the community of circus artists here. I love how close it is to the outdoors, I often climb at Red Rock and hike at Mount Charleston. 

WT: What is your favorite spot to bring visiting family and friends?
Carbines: Red Rock, Colorado river, then some of my favorite spots in the arts district downtown.

WT: If someone asks you for dinner recommendations in Las Vegas, what do you suggest?
Carbines: Hatchi, Pho Kim long, Jinya Ramen, Osaka.

WT: Where are some of your favorite places to go and things to do in Las Vegas on your day off?
Carbines: I’m generally getting outside and going on adventures on my days off. If I’m not training at my favorite martial arts gym in Vegas, K Star. 

Fun Facts About Lucia Carbines 

  • I love sports, surfing, rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, skating and my pup Obi-Wan. 
  • I often commute to work on an electric skateboard. 
  • I take surf trips every few weeks and stay in my 4runner (With Obi, of course). 
  • I started growing some of my own food during the pandemic and have converted my Vegas desert backyard into an orchid and veggie patch.
Lucia Carbines Rock Climbing Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Lucia Carbines Rock Climbing (Courtesy Lucia Carbines)