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About Criss Angel

 

Criss Angel, the most famous magician on the planet, in partnership with Cirque du Soleil presents, CRISS ANGEL Believe, an illusion spectacular at the Luxor Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Criss has amazed hundreds of millions on television, online, and is the most watched magician in history.

Now you can experience his mega-hit LIVE! Witness over 40 of the most mind-blowing illusions ever performed in the #1 best-selling magic show in the world. Criss Angel has not only been celebrated with more magic awards then any other magician in history, but was also named Magician of the Century and in 2012 was named Vegas' Entertainer of the Year and Best Magician in Las Vegas. Now let the magic live in you...

Criss Angel Biography

For over a decade, Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic as the biggest name on the planet. His visionary approach to the art escapes the confines of tradition and has given birth to a new breed of modern mysticism. Oprah Winfrey hailed, "Criss is the best, the best, THE BEST!"

From his role as star, creator, Executive Producer and Director of his hugely successful A&E television series Criss Angel MINDFREAK, to his spectacular live show Criss Angel BeLIEve at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and star of and creator of countless television specials, books, music CD's and more - Criss has redefined the term "artist" for the 21st century.

His acclaimed series MINDFREAK on A&E is the most successful magic show in television history, resulting in more hours of magic during prime time than any other magic show ever! It continues to be viewed regularly by more than 100 million viewers per season in over 90 countries. The broadcast of the live "Building Implosion" episode drew a crowd police estimated at 50,000 to the venue in Clearwater, Florida - the largest crowd for any magician, rivaling Houdini.

On January 29, 2013, it was announced that Criss would begin a new television series for Spike, who have ordered 11 one-hour episodes. "Spike is thrilled to be able to showcase the amazing talents of Criss Angel," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, original series, Spike TV.  Criss will reveal the creative process and some of his secret methods for the very first time, while showcasing revolutionary demonstrations for viewers this fall that he promises to be "bigger, badder and better than ever!"

Angel is also the most watched magician in Internet history — a YouTube sensation. His "Walk on Water" clip has generated over 46 million views alone, and all of his clips combined have generated more than 200 million views. He has recently launched live-streamed events on his Criss Angel YouTube channel, and posts exclusive content there frequently.

In 2008, Criss also partnered with Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International to serve as writer/director, illusion designer and star of his spectacular live show Criss Angel BeLIEve. A visual feast, with over 40 of the most unique and astonishing illusions, BeLIEve is performed live eight to ten shows per week and will continue its 10 year run through 2018 exclusively at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It has been the #1 best-selling live magic show in the world since it opened, with the Toronto Star raving, "The show is easily the most exciting thing now on stage in Vegas!" The BBC proclaimed that BeLIEve is "The ONLY A+ rated magic show in Vegas and I've seen them all!” while Newsweek touted "Great show!" The Las Vegas Review Journal's "Best Of Vegas” Readers Choice poll unanimously agreed, naming Criss Angel as the "Best Magician In Vegas," and Gaming Today also hailed Criss “Entertainer Of The Year”.

In late2012 Criss signed an exclusive, multi-million dollar worldwide distribution deal with Fun Inc./Royal Magic Distributor. Fun Inc. (recently purchased by business entrepreneur David Michals) said, " We could not be more excited about our partnership with Criss Angel and MagicPlace." Fun Inc. will be releasing a minimum of one MP/Criss Angel Presents product globally each month. MagicPlace produces the best original magic for retail. A previous partnership to distribute his successful high-quality magic kits on television, on-line and in 50,000 retail stores in the U.S. resulted in sales of over $30m globally.

In 2011, Criss' brand power continued to evolve when he was chosen to co-create and appear in a new commercial campaign for Orville Redenbacher's Pop Up Bowl. His casting proved to be a huge coup for the brand as the spot was the number one most recalled commercials during its campaign — topping Ford®, McDonald’s® and Kraft® Macaroni & Cheese - according to Nielsen and got picked up for runs in other countries.

Angel’s book, Criss Angel MINDFREAK: Secret Revelations (Harper Collins) was a national bestseller and is now in multiple printings. Criss is also an accomplished musician, having produced and performed on five self-titled CD's - which accompany all of his live performances and TV appearances.

Criss has received numerous awards throughout his career. He has been named Magician of the Year an unprecedented six times, including from The Magic Castle - far more than any other magician. He was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame. Criss was also presented with a lifetime achievement award, The World Magic Legacy Award "A Living Legend," at The World of Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Additionally, Criss was recently named the first recipient of Magician of the Decade, as well as Magician of the Century and Innovator of the Decade. Criss received an International Magic Lifetime Achievement Award and was unanimously selected as the recipient of the 22nd Louie Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Magic.

Criss is tireless in his ongoing efforts to help children through his charitable foundation; BeLIEve Anything is Possible - A JDS Foundation. He has also received the Male Wish Granter of the Year Award and the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award as a result of his work and dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Criss Angel Awards

Awarded more magic awards than ANY magician including: Magician of the century, Magic Of The Decade, Innovator Of The Decade, Magician of the year (6-times), Youngest Magician inducted into the Hall of Fame, Living Legend Award

  • Magician Of The Year - 6 Times (National & International)
  • 2001 –IMS
  • 2004 –IMS
    2005 –AMA
  • 2007 –IMS
  • 2008 –IMS
  • 2008 –DCMA
  • Magician Of The Decade 2009 –IMS
  • Innovator Of The Decade 2010 –Innovention
  • Magician of century 2009 –AMG
  • Youngest Magician inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame 2011 –IMS
  • World Magic Living Legacy "Living Legend" Award 2011 –WMS
  • Outstanding Achievement In The Magical Arts' Louie Award 2004 –Tannens

Fun facts about Criss Angel

  • Believe features OVER 40 of the most spectacular illusions ever performed – more than any other magic show in the world!
  • Criss Angel has performed more hours of magic on prime time TV than any magician in the history of television. That's more hours of TV than Houdini, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Doug Henning, and Penn & Teller combined.  His acclaimed series MINDFREAK on A&E was the most successful magic show in television history – six seasons, over 100 episodes.
  • Criss Angel is the most watched magician in history of the Internet with over 200 million views on you tube alone. Criss' one clip – “Walk on Water” - has garnered over 46 million views; more than David Blaine, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, and Penn & Teller's most viewed clips combined.
  • Criss Angel performed for an estimated 50,000+ people in Clearwater, Florida - the largest live audience in magic's history, rivaling even Houdini.
  • Immortalized as a wax figure in Madame Tussauds
  • Criss Angel has OVER 5.5 million likes/followers between Facebook and Twitter alone - more than any magician in Internet history.
  • Criss Angel is a Los Angeles Times "Best Selling Author"

Criss Angel Philanthropic

  • Wish Granter Of The Year 2010 –Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Chris Greicius Award 2007 –Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Established & President of BELIEVE "Anything Is Possible" –a JDS Foundation "Spreading Magic Changing Lives!"

Make-A-Wish:  Criss is actively involved with the organization, from granting the wishes of terminally ill children to taking donations during every show he performs in Las Vegas.  100% of those funds go to Make-A-Wish, with Criss covering all administrative and accounting costs for the donations.  Criss was named Wish Granter of the Year in 2010 and received the Chris Greicius Award in 2007. Criss has also donated a number of motorcycles to various auctions with proceeds going to the foundation, and regularly challenges his celebrity friends to various contests for an amount to be donated to the winner’s choice of charity.  Criss has won both his $5,000 arm wrestling challenge against Carrot Top and the $10,000 “no sleep” challenge against fellow magician Nathan Burton. 

Charity chairwoman Melissa Warren says: “Criss Angel is not only the best magician on the planet, he is singlehandedly the most generous celebrity angel for Make-A-Wish. He has granted more than 40 wishes. He never turns down an opportunity to grant wishes to kids suffering with life-threatening illnesses, and he goes above and beyond. He has been known to dispatch ambulances to help wish kids -- kids who, otherwise, are bed-ridden and can’t leave their homes. He gave his personal cell number to a teenage girl who was near death, and they talked every day on the phone until the end. To Make-a-Wish, Criss is a true Angel!”  (Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.)

Boys & Girls Clubs of America:  Criss regularly visits local Boys & Girls Clubs to hand deliver some of the over one million dollars-worth of magic tricks and kits he has donated for locations across the country. (For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands across the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.)

BELIEVE Charitable Foundation:  BELIEVE was founded by Criss Angel and his brothers J.D. and Costa in 2007, as a tribute to the incredible strength, inspiration and life of their father, John Sarantakos, who passed away February 12, 1998. Also, in recognition of the love and affection the entire family has for children, especially those suffering from debilitating illnesses and diseases.  "We help children find their inner strength of mind, body, and spirit to attain their dreams and achieve all that is possible"

Criss also supports the ONE DROP water initiative (ONE DROP—a non-profit organization established in 2007 by Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil—strives to ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever. From its inception, ONE DROP has significantly and sustainably improved the living conditions of 300,000 people worldwide.), as well as annually donating cash and toys to a number of holiday toy drive events.

He has recently participated in fund-raising efforts for both the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to help New Jersey rebuild. (First Lady Mary Pat Christie chairs the Fund, and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley serves as Honorary Vice-Chair, whose funding is specifically geared towards New Jersey relief and recovery efforts.) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (The RFK CENTER’s core programs focus on the power of the individual, working through alliances and organizations, to generate change.  In the tradition of Robert Kennedy, the RFK CENTER has forged effective collaborations with NGOs, universities, legal clinics, and the media on behalf of oppressed communities.).

 
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