Criss Angel and Dynamo Engage in Full-On Magic Battle

Dynamo-and-Criss-AngelLas Vegas-based Magician Criss Angel claims UK-based Mystifier Dynamo stole his tricks, segments of his show and even his “tableau.”

We had no idea what a tableau is or does. We thought the word meant “table” and assumed Mr. Angel was suggesting Dynamo swiped his Losander Floating Table illusion.  We have since verified that was way off the mark.

The Sun reported Mr. Angel’s full quote as, “It’s not even just the material, I’ve seen literally parts of his show that people have shown me, he even steals my tableau, my pose.”

So tableau must mean something like a pose.  In fact, Mr. Angel credits Jesus Christ as the originator of the pose.

“I didn’t invent that pose, that was depicted by Jesus Christ, but I was the guy to do that in magic. I just think it’s sad, it’s pathetic.”

So by the transitive theory (if a=b and b=c, then a=c) Dynamo is ripping off Jesus Christ.  

Dynamo gave a stinging retort. 

He said Mr. Angel is simply trying to garner attention.

“I have performed over 300 pieces of magic, out of which a small number have also been performed by Criss Angel in a completely different way,” he said.  “Criss walked across a pool whereas I walked across the Thames.

“I am from a different generation to him and have no desire to be like him.”

Meow!

Check out the latest give and take at The Sun here.

Magician Criss Angel “Sells Out” Free Show & Reveals Spike TV Title

Inside Magic Image of Criss AngelMagician Criss  Angel traveled to the Ozarks today to film a stunt for his new Spike TV series.

(More on the name of the series in a bit).

On Sunday, there was a Facebook message from the John Q. Hammons Arena at Missouri State University  offering this tease:

“Taking place in front of a live audience at Missouri State University, Criss Angel will attempt to vanish over 40 tons of Shrine Elephants. Impossible conditions set the stage as Criss Angel attempts to become the first ever to successfully complete a vanish of such epic scale. Don’t miss the chance to see it live and witness history in the making.”

Attendees were invited to witness the jumbo-sized vanish attempt but the organizers had to limit the crowd to 400 folks.

According to the Facebook post, all attendees were required to complete release forms because the event was going to be filmed for the series.   So, they were more than just audience members, they were participants.

At 1 p.m., the arena was filled to capacity and the organizers tried to smooth over any disappointment:

“UPDATE: By 1 p.m. the arena was filled to capacity:@JQHArena Sorry folks, we are at capacity for the show. We understand the frustration, but it’s the tours request to cap the crowd at 400 individuals.”

Granted, it was a free show — if you don’t count signing away your rights to Spike TV — but tickets were gone in a hurry.

Yes, but what shall they call the new series on Spike TV?

We have it on very good authority — straight from Robin Leach’s Luxe Life Blog — the new show will be Believe.  It will be easy to remember the title because it is the same as the Cirque du Soleil produced Criss Angel show at The Luxor in Las Vegas.

In fact, if you check out the United States Patent and Trademark Office records for registration number 77289541, you will see that Criss Angel has a trademark for BELIEVE for the goods and services of: “Entertainment services, namely, live and televised theatrical productions and performances by a professional entertainer.”  And that is exactly how he uses the trademark.

Mr. Angel assigned the rights to the trademark to an entity MPOA LLC in Las Vegas.  We checked with the Nevada Secretary of State and learned Mr. Angel is listed as an officer of the company under his real name, Christopher Sarantakos.  So, it all checks out.

You can read the full story at Ozarks First here: Magician Criss Angel Performing Free at JQH Arena Today.

Magicians Criss Angel, Jan Rouven & Malloy Magic Point Fingers

Inside Magic Image of Woman Concerned About Claims of Magic Secret TheftLas Vegas magician Jan Rouven charged fellow Las Vegas magician Criss Angel swiped his “Bed of Death” illusion for Mr.  Angel’s new Spike television series, BeLIEve.  Mike Weatherford detailed Mr. Rouven’s claims in  May 17th Las Vegas Review Journal column.

Mr. Angel claimed the inspiration for the stunt was Clive Barker’s film “Lord of Illusions.

Mr. Rouven said Mr. Angel’s version of the escape differs from the film and more closely resembles Mr. Rouven’s version.  In the film, a magician needs to escape falling swords.  The version Mr. Rouven performs in his show at the Riviera has an audience member choose the order of the falling swords.

Mr. Angel denied the accusation flatly.  “They’re in a glass house,” he said.

Mr. Weatherford reported that Mr. Angel alleged Mr. Rouven performs illusions without the inventor’s permission.  The Rouven camp denied those charges.

“I go out of my way to get people’s permission,” Mr. Weatherford quoted Mr. Angel  as saying. “I deal with this on a much larger level than any of these people. … Do you think I would really need to do something like that?”

Fast forward to Robin Leach’s Strip Scribbles column one week later.


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Blindfold + Heavy Winds = No Sky Walk for Criss Angel

criss-angel-believeWe don’t blame Criss Angel for postponing his blindfold walk on two beams more than six-stories up.

Las Vegas winds are as unpredictable as Las Vegas wins.  It is hard enough to walk along beams sixty feet above the pavement with a blindfold — but when you add “strong winds” to the mix, you are making it really risky.

We checked the OSHA standards and it appears it would be a violation for any employee (contract or full-time) to walk along a beam twenty meters over any surface (save marshmallows (see OSHA Reg. 223-0(a) re “Spongy Food Stuff Surfaces and Worker Safety”) and even then the regs require the marshmallows to be “fresh” and at least six feet in depth).

via Weather takes the wind out of Criss Angel stunt – CBS 12 Action News.

Jim Carrey “Criss Angel and David Blaine’s Offspring”

Jim-Carrey-as-Magician-Steve Gray from New Film The Incredible Burt WonderstoneIt is a magic story as old as time.  Superstar magicians dominate all other acts in the mythical village of “Las Vegas” and become complacent from their success and guaranteed box office draw.

Young up-and-comer magician (Jim Carrey) looks to challenge the flashy duo, causing a crisis of confidence.  The magic partnership breaks up bringing economic devastation to both magicians.

Fortunately, an attractive and loyal assistant (Olivia Wilde) encourages the senior magician to return to basics; to find the love he once held deep in his show-biz heart for magic and for his partnership.

The Hollywood production people sent us a blurb (remember the old days when it was illegal to send blurbs using the U.S. Postal System?) describing the plot line in two  pithy paragraphs thusly:

Superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) have ruled the Las Vegas strip for years, raking in millions with illusions as big as Burt’s growing ego. But lately the duo’s greatest deception is their public friendship, while secretly they’ve grown to loathe each other.

Facing cutthroat competition from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose cult following surges with each outrageous stunt, even their show looks stale. But there’s still a chance Burt and Anton can save the act—both onstage and off—if Burt can get back in touch with what made him love magic in the first place.

We look forward to seeing Jim Carrey as the young buck, Steve Gray.  He performs magic from a new paradigm like cutting off his face or not using the bathroom for almost a week.  According to one critic, his character is a melange of David Blaine and Criss Angel.

We also understand that David Copperfield appears in the film as himself and has contributed a new illusion to the story.


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