Swedish magician Joe Labero has provoked a strong reaction with suggestions that Las Vegas is controlled by "Jewish business syndicates, American dollar millionaires and homosexual booking agents".
The magic master's comments were made in an interview with rail company SJ's on-board magazine Kupé.
As a prelude to his controversial thesis, Labero explained that he has long been close to getting his own show in Las Vegas.
"But at the end of the day it seems to be impossible - unless you are a homosexual, a Jew or an American.
"I don't mean to sound prejudiced of course, I'm just cynical. A blond Swedish Viking will have a hard time breaking through the hierarchies that control Vegas, where power rests in the hands of Jewish business syndicates, American dollar millionaires and homosexual booking agents.
"But I will get there, sooner of later," Labero told the magazine.