LAS VEGAS – Criss Angel, who took over Las Vegas 14 years in the past together with his illusions, is again at Planet Hollywood the place all of it started — however he isn’t stopping there.
“To have this present right here at Planet Hollywood, which is the place I began MINDFREAK to start with the tv collection, and to come back again right here, you realize being again house is full circle,” Angel advised Fox Information. The magician filmed the primary two seasons of his present MINDFREAK on the venue in 2004.
The totally immersive present referred to as Criss Angel MINDFREAK debuted earlier this yr and has “extra lights than all seven Cirque [du Soleil] reveals mixed — over 2,000 lights,” he stated. “Persons are going to come back to this present even within the leisure capital of the world and they will see a present that can blow their thoughts in contrast to any present on the earth of leisure,” he added.
For the primary time, Angel may even be taking the stage on Broadway in New York Metropolis in July for his theatrical expertise referred to as “RAW – The Mindfreak Unplugged.”
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“The Broadway present is one other purpose that I’ve had since I used to be a child and now I will be conducting that July 2nd — doing eight reveals on the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre that when housed Doug Henning, my childhood inspiration,” he stated.
The magician described the theatrical efficiency because the “stripped-down model of attending to know Criss Angel, as if I used to be in your front room hanging out having a beer,” including that the expertise will “make you’re feeling like you may exit and conquer the world, particularly after you see me levitate in pure gentle in a approach that nobody has ever performed within the historical past of magic.”
Regardless of being probably the most well-known performers – he’s the most-watched magician of all-time on the Web – Angel stated he’s working more durable now than ever earlier than.
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“My dedication and the quantity of hours I put in working in the present day is much higher than the hours I used to place in after I was making an attempt to get a break as a result of it is much more troublesome to stay on high, and to stay related,” he stated. “With a view to try this, you bought to have the way forward for magic in the present day.”
Angel stated he has a “60,000-square-foot laboratory” and a workers of practically 100 individuals who work with him every single day to assist develop new tips and illusions — a few of which take “virtually 20 years to deliver it to life as a result of it is that particular.”
The illusionist additionally observed an evolution of magic since David Blaine, who did extra close-up magic, got here onto the scene.
“They need instantaneous gratification. They need to do one thing for a viral clip, however they don’t have any chops to have the ability to do a present,” Angel advised Fox Information, including that there’s even a unique degree of appreciation in terms of studying and understanding new tips.
“I did not have the Web again within the day, I went to the cardboard catalog … Now you realize if any individual needs to study a secret they go surfing and there is not any actual work to grasp what that secret actually means to make it one thing priceless and to make it your individual,” he stated.
When he’s not performing, Angel dedicates his time to a trigger that has immediately impacted his life.
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“I feel the explanation why I have been so blessed with success past my wildest desires is as a result of I’ve been put right here for a higher trigger and that trigger is youngsters — one little one each two minutes is recognized with most cancers and most cancers is the main explanation for demise amongst youngsters by illness,” Angel stated.
The magician’s son, Johnny Crisstopher, was recognized with leukemia at 2 years previous. Now, Johnny, who’s 5, is in remission.
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“It actually underscored what it means to essentially be a voice for these children. And, so for me, my life’s dedication is these children. I’ve devoted quite a lot of my time, my cash and simply my focus to utilizing my success which I have been blessed with to essentially increase consciousness and be a voice for these children,” he stated.
Whether or not it’s growing new illusions, taking the stage on Broadway or serving to battle most cancers, Angel is all the time trying towards the long run.
“You simply cannot relaxation on what you probably did yesterday,” he stated, “you need to take into consideration tomorrow.”