Criss Angel to Play Easton PA

criss angelCriss Angel’s Mindfreak Live! is heading to the Lehigh Valley, about 70 miles north of  Philadelphia this winter.

According to local press, Mr. Angel will bring his newly developed Mindfreak touring show to the beautiful State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania on January 20, 2015.

The show is recommended for guests 12 and older for some of the more intense aspects of the presentation

Mr. Angel will perform two shows: 6 PM & 9:30 PM and tickets go on sale for State Theatre Members tomorrow, Thursday, November 13th at 10 am at the State Theatre with public sales starting on November 20th.

Promoters are limiting sales of six tickets per State Theatre members.  That kind of limit speaks volumes about their expectations for the show.  They have reason to believe it will sell out quickly.  Mindfreak is seen in more than 90 countries with more than 100 million viewers each of its six seasons.

Mr. Angel has family in the Lehigh Valley, including cousin Billy Kounoupis, owner of Billy’s Downtown Diners in Bethlehem and Allentown. Early in his career, he was mentored by Easton’s Lou Reda and has been on the State Theatre stage in 1991 for a promotional photo shoot.

Criss Angel Does It: Houdini-Inspired Escape a Success

Criss Angel FoxwoodsThe headlines coming across our teletype here at the Inside Magic News Room confirmed that Criss Angel succeeded in his “Houdini Death escape” at the lovely Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Anxious editors stood hunched over the clicking wire machines as they typed out the news that Las Vegas magician and television star Criss Angel entertained “a crowd of hundreds of fans from a 75-foot crane, while restrained in a regulation straitjacket with a 50 lb. weight hanging from of his neck by a noose.”

One of the grizzled old copy editors dropped his filterless cig into his coffee mug. “Well, I’ll be . . .” he said to no one as he reviewed the news feed.

Yessir, It was quite a day around the horseshoe-shaped city desk here at Inside Magic.

According to local news reports, Mr. Angel was “suspended upside down by his feet, arms constricted in a straitjacket, dangling from a 75-foot-high crane, with a 50-pound weight hanging from a noose around his neck, Angel wiggled and swung his way to freedom, seeming to rock to the beat of loud electro-rock music.”

The performer dedicated his performance to America’s veterans in keeping with the spirit of the day.

How did the 46 year-old feel?

“My legs are just spent,” he said. “I spent a lot more time up there than I would have liked to.”

Mr. Angel told reporters he succeed only half the time in rehearsals.

One school child told the local paper, “It seems almost impossible to get out of that, so it must be magic. I thought it was scary, cause he could fall and hurt himself really badly.”

Mr. Angel is performing his new touring show, Mindfreak Live at Foxwoods Thursday through Saturday.

Criss Angel Prepares for Second Shot at Houdini Escape

Criss Angel FoxwoodsRobin Leach has the inside track to Las Vegas magician Criss Angel and has brought readers of The Las Vegas Sun an account of the final 24 hours before Mr. Angel attempts a second “Houdini Escape.”

Mr. Angel will hang upside down in a straight-jacket with a 50-pound weight hanging from his neck to promote his upcoming appearance at the fabulous Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

He feels better prepared — mentally and physically — for the ordeal.  He worked with UFC Champ Randy Couture last time and is apparently still in training for this attempt.

His work at Foxwoods is to launch his new touring show Mindfreak Live. He will launch a second touring show titled The Supernaturalists next June, also at Foxwoods.

We read earlier today that the demand is so high that Foxwoods has added six more shows at the casino in January.

He told Mr. Leach that he will avoid injury “by being smarter, more diligent and better prepared since going through the worst case scenario — aside from going unconscious or falling. But ultimately it’s a calculated risk.”

Yes, he was injured and sidelined for a couple of months from his last attempt at just this type of escape but this time is different.  “I am completely and utterly focused, and in the moment I visualize over and over again what it should look like in my head before I attempt it. If something should happen to change that plan, I make the necessary adjustments. Life is death without change.”

Is he thinking of leaving Luxor for a national touring stint or perhaps to relocate to Foxwoods?

Nope.

“I’m so honored to have this opportunity and want to sincerely thank Cirque du Soleil, Luxor and Foxwoods for making this possible. These outreach shows I’m doing are designed to promote Believe,  still ‘The only A+ magic show in Vegas” and the incredible experience that awaits for guests at the Luxor.”

We have yet to hear from the other magic shows in Vegas on Mr. Angel’s grading curve.

Mr. Leach promises updates on the escape as they happen.  We’ll keep our eye out for the news and share with you — that’s just the kind of folks we are.

Criss Angel Undergoes Surgery

Inside Magic Image of Lovely Magician Krystn LambertCriss Angel is recovering from three hours of surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff and bicep.  He injured these essential body parts whilst performing his televised double-straight jacket escape for Spike TV.  It was a pretty spectacular escape and we’re guessing being laden with heavy iron weights contributed to the very painful torn appendages.

The Las Vegas Sun has a black-and-white photo of Criss Angel recovering in the hospital.  We thought it was a downer and since Krystyn Lambert is mentioned in this post, we thought it better to include her picture.  Plus, we didn’t have the right to copy the newspaper’s image.

We got a pretty painful cut practicing the Gypsy Thread once.  We thought we might need a bandage but there wasn’t any blood but later when we were fishing old – but still juice-containing – lemons out of our neighbor’s trash bin, the juice hurt badly.  So, we know how performing magic can sometimes be painful.  We never wrote about it because we didn’t want the world to have pity party for us.  We’re pretty much macho and rarely allow our sensitive side show.  That’s how we roll.

Robin Leach says Mr. Angel is doing well and resting following the surgery.  His surgeon is apparently one of the best.  His credits/patients include NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Why did he do the surgery and not just push through the pain?

“It was undergo surgery or stop performing,” he told Mr. Leach.  We think he chose the right option.

While Mr. Angel is recuperating, Believe will be on hiatus.  (That’s a real word and a clean one too.  We looked it up).  He will return in April and until then he will be working on his new show, Magic Jamz.

He will playing the part of emcee for several of his friends and co-stars of his television series.  Slated to appear are Banachek, Nathan Burton and the lovely Krystyn Lambert. (Banacheck and Nathan Burton are probably lovely as well but not in the same way Krystyn is – at least not to us). Not a shabby line-up.  We will make the trek to Las Vegas to check out the new show during its limited run through the end of March and give you our full report.

Criss Angel to Close Vegas Show for 3 Months

Inside Magic Image of Criss Angel Reports were received from The Las Vegas Sun that magician Criss Angel that will take a break from his rigorous schedule to have surgery on an injured shoulder.

The star of Believe will put the show on hold for three months in 2014 to have surgery on damaged tendons in a shoulder.  He tore the tendons two years ago and put off surgery at the time to film his new series for Spike TV and performing at The Luxor.

The tendons tore a second time whilst performing an upside down straight jacket escape in Times Square.  “There is no alternative. It’s three times as bad now,” Mr. Angel told The Las Vegas Sun. “I have to go under the knife. There is no other choice. I’ve already put it off far too long.”

To do otherwise risked permanent damage that would end his performing career.

The doctors will begin their work in January and he will host a show featuring other magicians in February and March before returning to the stage in April.