At Circus Circus, It's Build, Build

It's show time at the circus--Vegas style. As a high-wire artist warms up above a bleacher filled with popcorn-munching kids, the kids' parents stuff nickels into rows of clanging slot machines nearby. But the star attraction isn't in the next ring; it's two floors above the casino's din. Spread around a wood-paneled boardroom lies the future of Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. There, artists' renderings depict a Venetian-palazzo-style hotel, a cluster of Egyptian-style villas, and a thrill ride set against King Tut's tomb.

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