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05/07/2014 06:18 pm ET Updated May 07, 2014

The Conjuring of The Mirage

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 28:  A view of the Las Vegas Strip, including the Encore Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, Treasure Island Hotel &
LAS VEGAS - MARCH 28: A view of the Las Vegas Strip, including the Encore Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Mirage Hotel & Casino and the Venetian, seen before Earth Hour from the Voodoo Lounge at the Rio Hotel & Casino March 28, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel-casinos in Las Vegas turned off marquees and non-essential exterior lighting to participate in Earth Hour, a global initiative by the World Wildlife Fund to focus attention on the threat of climate change. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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