Wonderful Trip Report... Vegas is one of my absolute favorites, and a place that I've probably been to more than any other.
Adore Penn & Teller... saw their show trip before last. I absolutely love how they come out afterwards; it was such a shock because I had been watching them for years, and I had no idea that they did that. Didn't get photos but did get autographs.
Been to Vegas many, many times, but still have never been on Manhattan Express (or the Roller Coaster, or whatever it's called now). You're definitely a braver person than I.