Criss Angel



Criss Angel (born Christopher Sarantakos, December 19, 1967 in East Meadow, New York) is an American musician, magician, illusionist, escapologist, stunt performer, and the creator and director of the Criss Angel Mindfreak television series on A&E Network.

Criss Angel is currently starring in the second season of Mindfreak which is filmed at the Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Some of Angels' levitation tricks have been explained by Criss himself. Usually however, he publically insists that magic feats are possible as a result of meditation. He is writing a book entitled "Mindfreak: Secret Revelations from the Master of Surreality." It is said to come out on October 31, 2006.

Many viewers and critics allege that Angel uses camera special effects, post-production effects, forced viewing angles, and assistants acting as amazed spectators for the TV audience. This has caused controversy among fellow magicians. Many magicians who perform magic without camera tricks resent these methods while others simply see them as modern tools of magic on television. Criss Angel himself claims he does not use camera trickery, and had made an attempt to debunk these rumors during the second season by introducing a "Spectator's Point of View camera", a handheld video camera given to a random person in the audience to literally shoot the action in any way he or she wants. However, the camera has seemingly fallen out of favor as the second season continued, only showing up very sporadically. Criss Angel guest starred on an episode of "Las Vegas" in which he says "If it's real, it's not magic!".

Fans of Criss Angel have compared him to similar street magician David Blaine, to the point of assuming there is a rivalry going on between them. However, Criss has indicated that he doesn't see any such rivalry existing between them, noting that Blaine had come to visit him and offer his support during his 2002 Oasis stunt. Criss also sympathized with Blaine regarding his failure to successfully complete his own similarly-themed 2006 stunt, Drowned Alive. However, he did state in an interview on Penn Jillette's radio talk show that, if David Blaine was able to perform an illusion that he wasn't able to trump or duplicate, he would retire on the spot. So far, however, Blaine and his associates haven't taken him up on his challenge.

It has been reported that Criss Angel will be fronting a new Cirque du Soleil show at the Luxor in Las Vegas. The report says that Criss signed a 10-year deal.

Criss Angel was in an industrial band called Angeldust, which he started with Klay Scott (now known as Klayton of Celldweller) after Klayton's previous band Circle of Dust broke up. Angeldust released an album called Musical Conjurings from the World of Illusion in 1998 and performed in Madison Square Garden. He has also released several more CDs as Criss Angel.

In a more recent tone, Criss Angel created the video "MF2" featuring Sully, the lead singer of Godsmack. The video debuted on Yahoo! videos.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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