Criss Angel
Illusionist
Criss Angel
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, better known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician. He is best known for starring in the television show, Criss Angel Mindfreak and his live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in artistic collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Angel is also the creator of the MagicPlace. com.
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Criss Angel's personal information overview.
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Criss Angel's 2-year-old son is in remission: 'I believe he will be healed'
Fox News - 8 months
Call it a miracle or call it magic, Criss Angel is celebrating some joyous news for his 2-year-old son.
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Watch Two Guys Pretend To Be David Blaine And Criss Angel In Order To Get A Date
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Ever wonder how magicians -- or in this case, fake magicians -- get dates? Okay, maybe not, but it turns out it's pretty entertaining. These guys might not actually be the real David Blaine and Criss Angel -- but they're certainly good at playing the part. In this YouTube video uploaded by user calen morelli, Morelli and Rob Anderson hit the town as impersonators and magicians. Armed with a couple deceptive tricks, the duo pulls women aside while pretending to be Blaine and Angel and then do their best to score some digits. Aside from the entertainment value of their magic tricks, this video is worth its weight in hilarious reactions.
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Criss Angel Attempts To Reanimate A Human Corpse (Exclusive Video)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Some people may accuse magician Criss Angel of playing God or, at the very least, imitating Frankenstein, as he attempts to raise the dead tonight -- using a real human corpse -- on his Spike TV series, "BeLIEve." In the short, exclusive peek video above, Angel is in the middle of trying to bring a recently deceased man back to life. Angel is well-known for his often death-defying feats of legerdemain, but has he gone too far this time, acquiring a real corpse for his televised experiment? "People have died many times and they're clinically dead, then somehow they're revived back and it's inexplicable," Angel told The Huffington Post. "It's an interesting phenomenon, so I wanted to explore it." To begin the process of trying to revive someone who's already dead, Angel had to overcome some obstacles. "There were two things that were hard: First, to get a body -- a cadaver -- was the most difficult thing and we needed to find somebody who wasn't dead for a long period of time. T ...
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Celebrities Spotted Out and About—Week of October 11
Ok Magazine - over 3 years
Global superstar Shakira performs at special event for T-Mobile at New York’s Bryant Park. Jesse Metcalfe and fiancee Cara Santana stopped by the The Discover Great Music Lounge party in Austin, TX on Saturday night. Diane Kruger and her long time love Joshua Jackson took a break from filming a pilot for their new TV show The Affair at Italian eatery Sotto Sopra in Amagansett. Michael Strahan was spotted dining at Bobby Van’s Park Avenue for a casual lunch and dined at Bobby Van’s West 50th Street for dinner at a private event. Actress, Jamie Chung and boyfriend, Bryan Greenberg celebrated their seven year anniversary of Benjamin Steakhouse. Giuliana Rancic spotted wearing a Rustic Cuff this past weekend as she teamed up with Save Lids to Save Lives to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Nicky Hilton celebrated “The Big 3-0” Saturday night dining with her sister Paris and friends at celebrity hot spot Andrea’s in Encore with Wynn Las Vegas. Mark Ruffalo stopped ...
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Criss Angel Discusses Brooke Shields, Party Mishaps And A Surprising Stunt On His New Show (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
World famous magician Criss Angel stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss his new show "Believe." Angel also told the story of a disastrous razor blade mishap at a Brooke Shields' party and revealed that they used a real dead body for a stunt in the new series. Watch the video above to hear more of his hair-raising stories.
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The Crap We Missed – Tuesday 9.17.13
The Superficial - over 3 years
Welcome to Tuesday’s The Crap We Missed, usually our end of day transmission, but check back later for Fish’s Grand Theft Auto V review. According to this progress note he’s “almost figured out how to make tank rounds out of dead hookers” so it seems like it’s going great. In the meantime, check out Alec Baldwin, doting new dad, and fellow admirer of mom-boobs, as well as Constantine Maroulis who just got back from Criss Angel‘s yard sale, and finally Nabilla Benattia either having a major wardrobe malfunction or flawlessly executing the ‘How To Make The Internet Give A Shit About A French Press Conference Technique.’ “Gee-dang, them’s some ethnic soundin’ names up there. An I though this here was a ‘Merican titty blog!” – There, Texas & Florida, I took care of it for you, don’t bother writing in, - Photo Boy Click Here To Start The Gallery - Photo: Fame/Flynet, Getty, INFdaily, Splash News, WENN
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Brian Ross: The More Movie Critics Think They Know About Now You See Me, the Less They Know
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I'm not going to do a movie review of the sleeper summer hit Now You See Me, and the less I tell you, the more that you will know about this magical movie, and why it annoys critics and delights audiences. I will be up front with you: The timeless art of magic is based upon misdirection, and this, being an article about magic and a movie about magic and the magic of pissing off critics, is no different. Watch my words very carefully. Director Louis Leterrier understands that modern magic isn't your Siegfried and Roy pulling white tigers from a sequined box kind of enterprise. Modern magic is Criss Angel-edgy. Impossible, in-your-face illusions, street magic conducted in places where there seems to be no place for the trickery that a stage can hide so well. What's the edgiest thing that magicians can do? How about rob a bank or two before adoring crowds? Why are they adoring? The Four Horsemen, as this magical team featured in the movie are called, are modern Robin H ...
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George Heymont: Before The Parade Passes By
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On a cold and wintry day back in the 1950s, I put on my mittens and galoshes and stepped outside into a grey-skied winter wonderland. Snow had fallen the previous night and was now more than a foot deep in our driveway and backyard. A thought suddenly came to mind and, long before anyone would use the term "global warming," I decided to take a proactive stance for the environment. After clearing away the snow in front of our garage door, I rolled up about 16 snowballs and carefully placed them atop the table inside the garage. Several weeks later, after the weather had improved, I went out to the garage to check on my snowballs. To my utter horror and dismay, they were gone! When I described this tragic loss to my mother, the last thing I expected was to see her double over in laughter. Like Queen Victoria, I was not amused. As one grows older and (hopefully) wiser, one learns that it's impossible to hold onto a kiss, a sunset, or the magnificent vision one ...
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Criss Angel: The Unbroken Spell of Magic
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The recent box office performance of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a movie about dueling magicians on the Las Vegas strip, has some speculation that the art of magic has become passé. Nonsense. As someone who has performed illusions in clubs, on stage, in the streets and is now preparing for a new Spike-TV magic "docuseries" this fall, I can tell you that magic continues to exert a strong pull on people, ever as the art itself morphs to reflect its cultural context. The evidence is in how magicians continue to pack them in on the Strip, where I am fortunate my BeLIEve show continues to draw huge audiences to the Luxor Hotel and Casino's 1,533-seat theater. Magic speaks to the child in all of us. No matter how sophisticated we become, there's still a part of us that wants to believe in an alternative reality, where we can defy the laws of nature. Indeed, most magicians catch the bug as kids. My first audience was my family in Long Island. My first "assistant" was my ...
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Chris Jancelewicz: Jim Carrey, I Can Never Stay Mad At You
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As a Canadian, I often consider it my patriotic duty to blindly support our Canadian talent. It's only natural, right? When they pack their bags and fly south to New York City or Los Angeles, I sadly wave and wish them the best of luck. Another one lost to Tinseltown. This frequently taken voyage, which I like to call The Exodus of Talent, irks me every time, but I accept it as an inevitability in the industry. Based on my age (33), you'd think it would hit home most for actors like Ryan Gosling, but the truth is I was most struck when Jim Carrey took off for Hollywood two decades ago. Carrey was a staple in my household right from the beginning. No, not the beginning you're thinking of. This was pre-In Living Color superfame, when he did a stand-up routine called The Un-Natural Act in 1991, and it was broadcast as an hour-long special in Canada. To say that I've watched it in its entirety over 50 times is probably an understatement. Years later, I can still recite entir ...
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WATCH: Criss Angel's Puppy Disappears!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Magician of the Century's puppy was pilfered -- and he's begging for someone to make it reappear. Criss Angel is offering $5,000 for the safe return of his dog, which was one of four dogs stolen from a Las Vegas pet shop, the Las Vegas Sun reports. He boarded his pooch there while vacationing. On Sunday, two thieves broke through the gates (video below) at the Prince and Princess Puppies & Boutique shop at about 11:45 p.m., and stole the doggies. Then, they allegedly hit up another pet shop nearby and lifted several exotic birds, according to a Metro Police press release. Angel had bought a teacup Yorkshire terrier to console himself over the recent death of his puppy Dini (pictured). "We have to find these puppies. We have to catch these people. This could be devastating," he said, according to the Las Vegas Sun. He also tweeted the number for Metro Police (702-828-3573) in a bid to get fans in on the investigation: Thanx all for your kind thought ...
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Game of Thrones S02E07: Skeleton Criss Angel
Now Public - almost 5 years
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The Cure for the Common Hangover
Reason - almost 5 years
Drink too much booze on Saturday night and it doesn’t matter if you have a health insurance plan so comprehensive it even covers distance Reiki healing: The American medical establishment is going to leave you sweaty, trembling, and nauseous on Sunday morning. Oh, sure, you can hit up 7-Eleven for some Hangover Joe’s Recovery Shots . But it’s 2012, the age of bionic eyeballs and facelifts at the mall. While the imprimatur of the Warner Bros. licensing department  lends Hangover Joe’s a certain medical authority, is this product really the best solution that 21st century medical technology can offer us? Clearly Dr. Jason Burke doesn’t think so. A board-certified anesthesiologist with a medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Burke is, according to his website, the “first physician in the United States to formally dedicate his career to the treatment of hangovers.” Earlier this month, he unveiled his new treatment clinic, a 45-foot-long tour bus ...
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Strip Scribbles: Criss Angel wants Mexican ticket scam to vanish
Las Vegas Sun - about 5 years
“It’s a scam -- please tell everybody not to lose their money over this. We were unaware until our fans started asking how long we ... "
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Warrior, Bucky Larson, Creature Open - Free Times
Google News - over 5 years
Director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon make good use of the desolate Las Vegas suburbs as a setting and switching vampire-hunter Peter Vincent (David Tennant) from a B-movie personality to a stage illusionist combination of Criss Angel
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'America's Got Talent' continues Las Vegas ties - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Magic man: It's all magic, all the time, at Criss Angel's new magic-themed website, magicplace.com. Which means it's all shooting, all the time. With "two shows a day, every day" posting on the site, "we shoot four or five days a week," Angel says
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Sony's golden NINOKUNI 'Magical Edition' PlayStation 3 heads for Japan, Criss ... - Engadget
Google News - over 5 years
Not that Sony's PlayStation 3 hasn't been touched by Midas before, but this is the first time we've seen the new(ish) form factor doused in such official fashion. Per usual, it'll be the homeland that's
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Criss Angel Believe - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Criss Angel may be a mind freak, but he's also a motorcycle freak. The Strip headliner is the proud owner of a $2-million collection of bikes, each of which has an affectionate nickname, among them “Lane Splitter” (a prototype from his own line) and
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Robin Leach celebrates 70th birthday and 50 years in journalism - Las Vegas Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Criss Angel's birthday and 1000th Believe performance at the Luxor on Dec. 11, 2010. Angel is pictured here with Robin Leach. By Don Chareunsy (contact) Check out VegasDeLuxe.com for more celebrity and arts and entertainment coverage
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Criss Angel
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 48
    As of 2016, Angel's business interests made about $70 million in revenues annually.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    As a philanthropist, Angel created the Believe Foundation 'Believe Anything is Possible', and was awarded the Make-A-Wish Foundation award for most supportive celebrity on May 19, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was also awarded the foundation's Chris Greicius Celebrity Award in 2007.
    As of 2010, Big Bear Choppers had produced seven custom-made motorcycles for Angel, who featured the motorcycle designers on his show Criss Angel Mindfreak.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a Harley Davidson motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers, which he rode in the intro filmed for Criss Angel Mindfreak.
    He is also the holder of the Guinness world record for "The most people to disappear in an illusion", for making 100 people disappear on May 26, 2010 during a performance of Believe at the Luxor.
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    In 2010, Angel partnered with IdeaVillage to release the Criss Angel Magic Collection, which contained six Mindfreak Magic Tricks instructions, 250 tricks, and a magic kit for children.
    More Details Hide Details The product was backed by $50 million in marketing. Angel won the International Magician Society's Magician of the Year award in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008, in addition to its "Magician of the Decade" title in 2009 and "Magician of the Century" title in 2010. He was the 22nd recipient of the Louie Award for outstanding achievement in the art of magic. He has also appeared on the covers of Magic and Genii magazines. In 2008, Angel was one of the inaugural nominees for the Harry Houdini Award, awarded by the Harry Houdini Museum. Angel is the youngest magician to ever be inducted into the International Magician Society's Magic Hall of Fame. He is also the only man to have won the Merlin Magician of the Year award on two occasions, in 2001 and 2004. In 2011, he was awarded the World Magic Legacy Awards' Living Legend award. He is a member of the 2017 Walk of Fame class, and will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    His clip, "Walk on Water", had received more than 39 million views by 2010, and more than 46 million by 2013.
    More Details Hide Details By early 2013, his videos had achieved more than 200 million views. Another highly watched clip is "Rip Bodies Apart" taken from the premiere episode of BeLIEve, which had more than twelve million views within a month.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    In November 2008, Angel began dating Holly Madison, former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner. The relationship ended in February 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He proposed to Sandra Gonzalez on September 7, 2011 in Cabo San Lucas during a sunset dinner.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    Angel is the author of the book Mindfreak: Secret Revelations, published by HarperEntertainment in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Mindfreak: Secret Revelations appeared on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list that year. According to the Las Vegas Sun, "The 295-page book details the early beginnings of his career, memorable demonstrations from his TV show and personal reflections. "Secret Revelations" also contains several pictures and provides step-by-step instructions for 40 of his basic Mindfreaks. Laura Morton helped the magician write the book." California Bookwatch wrote that it "tells of Criss Angel's evolution as a performance artist, magician and musician, charting his rise to fame beginning at age 6 and adding details of his life and his artistic philosophy and influences... His survey covers the 'Mindfreaks' which allow him to push for excellence in very different worlds". Criss Angel is the most watched magician in Internet history since the late 2000s.
    At the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, Criss Angel performed an illusion as a part of the musical performance by Britney Spears and helped to plan her stage show, which opened the television broadcast.
    More Details Hide Details He was also hired as the illusionist for the planned 2009 Michael Jackson O2 arena concerts before Jackson's death. In 2013, Angel had a cameo in the feature film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and Jim Carrey's character in the movie "Steve Gray" has been said to be modeled after Angel. There is a wax statue of Angel in the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas.
    During a 2007 episode of the show, he successfully guessed the number between 1 and 100 he asked Winfrey to think of without telling him.
    More Details Hide Details Angel has appeared on other talk shows including The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Megan Mullally Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, AVN Awards Show 2007 and Larry King Live on CNN. He was also a guest on the The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, America's Got Talent, and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. He also made a guest acting appearance on the hit television shows CSI: NY, Las Vegas and Rules of Engagement. In 2011, Angel also appeared in an Orville Redenbacher Pop-Up Bowl popcorn commercial. In May 2005, Angel introduced honoree Ozzy Osbourne at the VH1 Rock Honors awards, biting the head off a bat as a part of the introduction in homage to Osbourne's early career onstage antics.
    Starting in October 2007, he appeared as a judge on Phenomenon with Uri Geller.
    More Details Hide Details In a CNN interview about the show, he told Larry King "no one has the ability, that I'm aware of, to do anything supernatural, psychic, talk to the dead. And that was what I said I was going to do with Phenomenon. If somebody goes on that show and claims to have supernatural psychic ability, I'm going to bust him live and on television." On the October 31, 2007 episode of the reality show Phenomenon, Paranormalist Jim Callahan performed a summoning, purportedly of author Raymond Hill, to help discover the contents of a locked box. Although fellow judge Uri Geller praised the performance, Angel called it "comical" and subsequently challenged both Callahan and Geller to guess the contents of two envelopes he pulled out of his pocket, offering a million dollars of his own money to whoever could do so. This led to an argument between Callahan and Angel, during which Callahan walked toward Angel and called him an "ideological bigot", with the two pulled apart as the show promptly went to a commercial break. Angel has since revealed the contents of one envelope and at the unveiling he challenged Geller one more time. Geller responded, "Although we were born one day apart - I was born on the 20th of December and you on the 19th - a lot of years between us - 40 years, you were one year old when I came out with my spoon bending " Criss Angel cut him off at this point, saying, "I guess this is a 'no,'" and proceeded to open the envelope.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In 2006, Angel partnered with Cirque du Soleil to produce the stage show Criss Angel Believe (stylized as "Criss Angel BeLIEve"), premiering the show at the Luxor Las Vegas on September 26, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It became the bestselling live magic show in the world. The name of the show was taken from Harry Houdini, for the mythology of Houdini choosing the word "believe" as the codeword for communicating with Houdini after his death. Luxor's parent company, MGM Mirage, financed the show with $100 million. After several delays, the show was set for a gala opening on October 31, 2008, with preview shows in late September on the 82nd anniversary of Harry Houdini's death. The initial preview received mixed reactions and reviews. Reporters for the Las Vegas Sun, Los Angeles Times, and Las Vegas Review Journal cited a lack of the magic Angel is known for, as well as a confusing and uninteresting theme. They also opined that neither Angel nor Cirque du Soleil were able to perform to their capabilities during these initial performances. On the positive side, the Las Vegas Sun later quoted Star Pulse, stating, "He has created a live show that is everything a perfect magic performance should be — and then some. It’s not just remarkable magic — it’s transcendent art that won’t just blow your mind; it will quite possibly change your life."
  • 2005
    Age 37
    The show ran from 2005 until 2010, at which point he had been featured for more hours on primetime television than any other magician in history.
    More Details Hide Details Other tricks performed in the show included making an elephant disappear and the performance of séances as well as other tricks in order to teach his audience about con men and how to avoid scams intended to manipulate money out of people. In July 2008, Angel escaped from a beachside hotel before its demolition in front of a crowd of about 50,000 people, an illusion that also aired on the television program. After the illusion, Angel showed the audience step by step how he achieved the escape. He first picked open a set of handcuffs that had him shackled to a balcony railing. He then smashed the window of the room in order to enter the hotel, and picked padlocks on both the room's internal door and the door to the stairwell. The escape was initially supposed to occur via a ladder that dangled above the hotel's roof 30 seconds before collapse, after picking through five locks on the roof's door. Instead, Angel emerged from the rubble after the collapse, claiming that the initial plan was always to escape via the helicopter. The total time allotted for the entire illusion was 4 minutes, with dynamite located on the first, second, and fourth floors of the building.
    In 2005, Criss Angel became the creator, director, and executive producer of the A&E Network show Criss Angel Mindfreak, and had entered production in January.
    More Details Hide Details Seasons 1 and 2 were filmed at The Aladdin in Las Vegas, with Season 3 at the Luxor Las Vegas. Premiering on July 20, 2005, the show's illusions have included walking on water, levitating, walking up the side of Luxor Hotel (in the light of 39 focused lamps that can be seen from space), floating between two buildings, causing a Lamborghini to disappear, surviving in an exploding C4 Crate, cutting himself in half in full view of an audience and getting run over by a steamroller while lying on a bed of broken glass. The first season of the show was released on DVD after it completed its on-screen run. The show also released its Halloween special, along with two special episodes, on an additional one-disc DVD offering. The show returned for a second season in May 2006, and was named one of the best shows of the summer by the Tulsa World newspaper. The show was renewed for a third season in July 2006; as of that third season the show was A&E's number one rated show, with more than 1.5 million viewers. That year he promoted the show with a performance where he was suspended within a cube encased in concrete above Times Square, escaping from the block before it was set to crash to the ground. Magic effects creator Sean Field stated of Angel this year that, "Criss Angel is the biggest name in magic since Houdini...
    He also performed an illusion at Ozzfest in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details During this period Angel also earned money selling signed merchandise, making up to $50,000 a day.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    In early 2003, Angel performed at the release of the new branding for Miller Lite beer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 80th anniversary of Houdini's last performance in that city.
    More Details Hide Details For the performance, he was suspended ten stories in the air and bound in a straitjacket, from which he escaped.
    In 2003, Angel was also featured in the two-hour TBS special Made in Japan.
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    On October 31, 2003 SciFi Channel aired the one-hour special Supernatural starring Angel.
    More Details Hide Details Kate O'Hare said of the special that, "Filmed in part at Universal Theme Park in Orlando, Fla., "Supernatural" finds Angel crawling up buildings, passing a quarter through his skin, spontaneously combusting and having otherworldly creatures burst from his chest." When asked about his process in creating television specials, Angel said that, "I like to have my hand in everything on my TV specials. I'm the executive producer; I direct it; I create it. I write all the music for my TV specials and my live performances. It's on my label. I write it; I produce it." During the special Angel performed stunts including lighting himself on fire and making a tarantula emerge from a pedestrian's soda can.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    In 2002, Angel married his longtime girlfriend JoAnn Winkhart.
    More Details Hide Details The couple filed for divorce four years later. Although Angel was seen with his wife in the buried alive illusion (season 1, episode 6, 2005) and the body suspension illusion (season 1, episode 5, 2005), she was not credited as his wife; rather, she was listed as "Criss's Girl".
    On October 20, 2002, Angel performed in the ABC Family television special named Criss Angel Mindfreak: Postmodern illusionist, an hour-long performance and tribute to Harry Houdini.
    More Details Hide Details The special aired again on December 24, 2002 on Channel 4 in the UK. The Birmingham Evening Mail reviewed the show, writing, "Criss Angel is currently making a name for himself as a more provocative, darker alternative to illusionists. He walks the streets of New York, hypnotising passers-by, turning cups of take-away coffee into cockroaches and suspending himself from the ceiling by inserting hooks into his back. The piece de resistance of all these mind games is an update of the Houdini underwater trick - an attempt to stay in a (cell) tank of water for 24 hours, padlocked and restrained. All seems to be going well, until the filter system breaks down and the water begins to heat up."
    In August 2002, Angel spent 24 hours shackled underwater in a phone booth-sized water torture cell near the WWE entertainment store in New York's Times Square, WWE corporation being the owners of the World Underground Theatre where Angel had been performing his stage show.
    More Details Hide Details To prepare for the trick, he practiced in a neighbor's backyard swimming pool next to his mother's house in East Meadow, New York. Prior to the performance he had only managed to spend 12 consecutive hours in the water. He fasted for twenty-four hours before the performance to make it through the period without need to exit and use the washroom. During the trick he went through sixteen oxygen tanks. After the trick he was required to remove his own shackles and chains before exiting the water. Within an hour, his skin began to react substantially to the water. At the end of the performance, according to Ted Shaffrey, "Before he emerged from the phone-booth sized contraption of clear plastic and steel, Angel yanked out the air hose that allowed him to breathe. Then assistants pulled a black curtain over the 220-gallon (832-liter) chamber to block the view of television cameras and about 100 people gathered outside the window in which he was displayed. Under cover, Angel apparently escaped from the shackles that bound his arms, legs and neck, before pulling himself from the watery chamber with a celebratory scream." Upon successfully completing the trick, he was described as having "skin crinkled and his eyes bloodshot", and upon emerging from the tank he was taken to St. Clare's Hospital and treated for severe dehydration. He reported afterwards that he had suffered from overheating, jaw fatigue, and semi-consciousness while in the tank.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    Criss Angel Mindfreak ran for more than 600 performances between 2001 and 2003 at the World Underground Theater in Times Square.
    More Details Hide Details His twenty-four hours in a tank of water set a world record for the longest amount of time for a human to be completely submerged under water. This performance would also become a part of his first television special. Angel has also been known to actively discourage a belief in mediumship, stating that there is no way for mediums to speak with people beyond the dead. He has said, "If somebody's doing that for entertainment purposes, that's one thing. But if they claim to be communicating with the dead, I don't care if they're from my hometown, I don't care if they're my family members: I'll expose them and tell them what they really are."
    Criss Angel Mindfreak, which would later become Angel's first television series, was originally an off-Broadway show by Angel, which in 2001 was picked up by the World Underground Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details When not performing the show, Angel worked the streets promoting the show to pedestrians.
  • 1998
    Age 30
    Angel was the frontman for the heavy metal band Angel and collaborated with industrial rock musician Klay Scott for Angeldust. Angeldust released its debut album Musical Conjurings From the World of Illusion in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details He later released the albums System 1, System 2, and System 3. In 2003, he released the album Supernatural. His musical style continues to be in the heavy metal style, though when describing his musical style he has said, "There are elements where it's more electronic, and there are orchestrated sections. I decided to take it in different places because I'm inspired by emotion and by giving people a connection, a sense of a feeling — whether it's excitement or crying or being happy." He also produced soundtracks for his television series Mindfreak, including collaborations with members of Korn and Godsmack.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    Angel also starred in the 1997 television movie The Science of Magic and its 2003 sequel The Science of Magic II.
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  • 1995
    Age 27
    In 1995, Barker asked Angel to work with him on his film Lord of Illusions.
    More Details Hide Details He also later recorded the intro to Angel's album World of Illusion: System One. Barker said of Angel in the mid-1990s that, "Criss Angel is extraordinary, a spectacular mix of visionary magic. This is the future, and it can’t come quickly enough." In 1998, Angel performed a ten-minute show over the course of the "World of Illusion" conference in Madison Square Garden, performing sixty shows per day.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    Angel has said that, "I stayed away from magicians when I was younger because I didn't want to think like them and wanted to create my own style." His first television appearance was in 1994, where he performed as a part of a one-hour ABC primetime special entitled Secrets.
    More Details Hide Details One of the early supporters of Angel was horror director Clive Barker.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Criss Angel was born on December 19, 1967, at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, on Long Island, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He is of Greek descent. Angel was raised in Elmont until fourth grade, when his family moved to East Meadow, New York. His father, John Sarantakos, owned a restaurant and doughnut shop. He developed an interest in magic at age seven and performed his first show at the age of twelve, for which he was paid $10. His main early influence was Harry Houdini. By fourteen, Angel was performing throughout high school at restaurants in East Meadow, including the Wine Gallery. Angel's first major illusion was making his mother float in their family den. Early in his career he was helped by animal breeder and reality-television host Marc Morrone, who helped Angel find and train a set of doves for his act. By the time he graduated from East Meadow High School, he had decided to pursue a career as a professional magician instead of attending college as his parents wanted. According to Biography Channel, "Angel hit the road and began touring with other traveling performance acts. Between traveling and performing, he attempted to further his education in his own by studying the history of magic in public libraries. He also studied the art of mysticism, music, martial arts and even dance."
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