The MindFreak: Criss Angel

Criss Angel


He has astonished audiences in theaters and through television sets worldwide. He’s set records in the magic world and has the best rated magic show in Las Vegas. Criss Angel has accomplished a lot in his career, but few people understand what it actually takes to be a successful performer, let alone a successful magician in today’s times. It takes much more than learning a few card tricks and throwing on a tux (Criss changed the look of a typical magician). You have to understand what your audiences want and how to give it to them, which Criss Angel is exceptionally good at. Since season one of Mindfreak, Criss Angel has evolved both as a person, as well as a performer.

Season one of Mindreak: Criss Angel levitating a woman on Fremont Street, LV.
Season one of Mindreak: Criss Angel levitating a woman on Fremont Street, LV.


As Mindfreak started to get popular with audiences, Criss Angel continued to push the limits with his magic, and his death-defying stunts. Each season of Mindfreak showcased Criss’s talents and he did it through TV, which is incredibly hard to do in our fast paced world that we live in. Each week (and season) displayed some of the best magic that has ever been captured on film. Everything from card tricks, levitation, illusions, etc. were all executed beautifully by Criss. There is one particular piece of magic that Criss does better than other magician: levitation.

Criss Angel In Mindfreak, Criss Angel has demonstrated the ability to levitate on several occasions. His most impressive levitation was when he levitated above the Luxor Hotel & Casino (30 stories high). With major success in television, you would think that Criss Angel would be content, but that wasn’t the case. In 2008, Criss debuted his live magic show BeLIEve, and worked even harder than ever before. It was a great pleasure for me to see his show the first week that it had opened, and it was an amazing experience (and one that I will never forget). During the day, Criss would continue to film his Mindfreak show, and during the night he would perform in front of sold-out audiences for his live show BeLIEve. Of course with success comes jealously, and there is a lot of it in the magic world–and most of it is directed towards Criss. I’m an amateur magician myself, and I’ve heard all the hate and negativity towards Criss Angel. Personally, I don’t get it but I guess it stems from that certain magicians are not happy that Criss is enjoying success and they’re not. There are magicians that are more talented than Criss (believe it or not), but that’ll only get you so far. What sets Criss apart is his business sense, and his adaptability skill-set. Like him or not, Criss has worked his ass off to get to where he is today, and his ticket sales speak for themselves.


Criss Angel


Coming off his six sold-out shows at the Fox Woods Casino in Conneticut this past week, the future looks very bright for Criss Angel. With his innovation and drive to become the best, Criss Angel will always deliver a stellar performance, and it’ll be exciting to see what trick(s) he has up his sleeves next.

Author: Justin Marroquin

Magician, Geek, Sports Enthusiast, Fitness Fanatic, Lifehacker.

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