Lee DeMarco was the owner of the Tropicana and a former second-rate magician.
When Lorne came to Las Vegas to try and make it as a singer, DeMarco took him on as an act, apparently with most of his staff assuming that Lorne's demonic appearance was due to him wearing a costume. He later forced Lorne to identify those members of his audiences who had prominent futures, such as a young woman who would go on to own a successful chain of restaurants, so that he could use a mystical device of some sort to "steal" their destinies and sell them to others, threatening to shoot a random woman off the street every time Lorne refused to go along with the plan. The unlucky victims of this scam became virtually lifeless "zombies" capable of doing nothing more than endlessly playing rigged slot machines.
When Angel, Charles Gunn and Winifred Burkle came to Las Vegas to meet with Lorne, DeMarco's machine even managed to take Angel's destiny. His plans were ruined when divine intervention from the temporarily-ascended Cordelia Chase allowed Angel to win at a slot machine. This prompted his guards to take Angel to the main control room of the casino to learn what had happened just as DeMarco was planning to kill Gunn and Fred. Despite lacking a destiny of his own, Angel was apparently galvanized into action by the threat to his friends, keeping the guards occupied long enough for Lorne to destroy the machine and allow the stolen destinies to be returned to their rightful owners. DeMarco desperately tried to stop Lorne, offering him whatever he wanted but Lorne was uninterested. In a last ditch effort, DeMarco tried to physically stop Lorne from destroying the machine, but he ultimately failed and ended up getting in killed in the machine's explosion after Lorne smashed it.
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- He was portrayed by Clayton Rohner.