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Criss Angel Going Through Trying Times

12/14/2015 9:52am EST
Criss Angel Fights Lawsuit Threat As Son Battles Leukemia
While Criss Angel's son is fighting leukemia, the illusionist is also battling the threat of a lawsuit from his former girlfriend.

Sandra Gonzalez, who had an on-again, off-again relationship with the Mindfreak star from 2009 (including a brief engagement) until they ultimately split in 2014, is alleging that she is owed palimony damages and was instrumental in Angel's success within the entertainment industry.

Angel's career goes back to the 1990's and he's been one of the world's best-known illusionists for more than a decade. His first television series, Criss Angel Mindfreak, ran from...
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Criss Angel Leaves Vegas To Be With Ill Son

10/25/2015 3:38pm EDT
Criss Angel Cancels Vegas Shows After 2-Year-Old Son Is Diagnose
Criss Angel has left Las Vegas to fly to Australia to be with his 20-month-old son, Johnny, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last week. According to Mail Online, the illusionist has canceled shows at the Luxor through Nov. 1. It is unclear what Criss will do after the first of the month, or if he is planning to return to Vegas at that time.

Not many people even knew that Criss had fathered a son, but he has confirmed that he is indeed a father, and that he is in contact with the child's mother -- or at least he has been recently. It has been reported that Criss secretly ...
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Criss Angel Saves Fellow Escape Artist In Stunt Gone Wrong

6/27/2015 12:56pm EDT
Criss Angel Rescue: Criss Saves Fellow Escape Artist From Drowni
Criss Angel rescued another escape artist from a trick gone wrong in a newly leaked video. According to ABC News, illusionist Spencer Horsman was rehearsing a major stung on Wednesday, for "The Supernaturalists"- a new magic show featuring Criss Angel and nine other magicians, each with a particular magic specialty.

For the trick Horsman was rehearsing, he was shackled and placed inside a tank of water which was then lifted 30 feet into the air. And that's when something went wrong. Horsman had somehow passed out and was in danger of drowning, which is when Criss Angel- plus several others...
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Criss Angel Previews His Groundbreaking Ensemble Show 'The Supernaturalists'

6/23/2015 12:02pm EDT
The Supernaturalists
Criss Angel is once again revolutionizing magic, this time in a brand new location. Angel is the creator, director and executive producer of The Supernaturalists, a new production that brings nine exemplary magicians to the stage of Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. Ahead of the show's four-week run, we spoke to him about its origins and the expectations for this latest venture.

"I originally started playing around with this concept because of requests I got back as early as 2005," said the Magician of the Century, who's been evolving the idea ever since. "What I wanted to do is ultim...
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Criss Angel Expands His Live Brand With 'Mindfreak Live' And 'The Supernaturalists'

10/30/2014 4:09pm EDT
Criss Angel Expands His Live Brand With 'Mindfreak Live' And 'Th
Criss Angel has been captivating audiences at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for six years - and now the Magician of the Century is expanding his live show brand with a pair of new projects announced for Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Criss Angel Mindfreak LIVE! will visit the Fox Theater at Foxwoods for a limited run from November 12-15. This live show will give East Coast audiences the chance to see Angel's stunning magic in person. Tickets range from $65-$125 and are on sale now through the venue's website (foxwoods.com/crissangel.aspx).

Here's a video teaser for Mindfreak...
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The 12 Worst Dressed At The 2014 Billboard Music Awards

5/19/2014 9:05am EDT
The 12 Worst Dressed At The 2014 Billboard Music Awards
Las Vegas, Nevada, was the place to be on Sunday night as stars celebrated the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

Carrie Underwood usually dazzles on the red carpet, but her greenish yellow gown with silver accents wasn't her best look - although maybe it looked better in person. The country pop star later redeemed herself by appearing in a black halter dress with a slit up the thigh.

She won the fan-voted Milestone Award and tweeted following the event: "Thanks so much, fans, for the Billboard Milestone Award! You have always been so great to me! I feel so honored and blessed tonight!!! Xoxo."...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Makes Triumphant Return

4/21/2014 12:09pm EDT
'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Makes Triumphant Return
Criss Angel BeLIEve is back, and it's getting even better.

America's premiere magic show returned to the Luxor Hotel and Casino on April 15, to sold-out houses and plenty of curiosity about how it would compare to the grand spectacle that paused in January. Since we reviewed BeLIEve in September before the break, we ventured to Las Vegas to check out the first four performances, and came to a surprising conclusion.

If Criss's recent significant injury wasn't mentioned near the top of the show, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

For those of you who didn't hear: it's not like he...
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Theater Review: 'Criss Angel MAGICjam'

2/14/2014 12:10pm EST
Theater Review: 'Criss Angel MAGICjam'
Criss Angel MAGICjam is not Criss Angel BeLIEve. Yet it never pretended to be. The limited-engagement show, which began its two-month run at Luxor Hotel and Casino last Tuesday, is an entirely different experience - the best variety show in Las Vegas.

Nothing can ever compare to BeLIEve, one of the great entertainment experiences in the world. And no one can match Criss Angel, who's well earned his Magician of the Century title. Yet after he suffered a severe shoulder injury during his double straightjacket escape in Times Square last year, a Plan B was needed for his intense live show. La...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Ship Appearance'

12/11/2013 12:09pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
It's hard to believe (no pun intended) that we've come to the last episode for this season of Criss Angel BeLIEve. After weeks of crazy demonstrations and reveals, we almost don't want it to end. But it's time to take a break, although not before we talk about making boats appear in Cabo San Lucas. Here are the five things we learned from "Ship Appearance."

01) You can translate a demonstration from the stage (sort of). The basic concept for "Ship Appearance" is lifted from one of the demonstrations in the BeLIEve live show, where Criss makes a motorcycle appear. Given how different stage ...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Ship Appearance'

12/10/2013 12:10pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
It's time to send off Season 1 of Criss Angel BeLIEve, so how do you possibly do that? Well, you go to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a massive demonstration. There's a little bit of everything in this episode: professional high stakes, personal drama, and Mother Nature once again crashing the party. If we'd scripted what this episode was supposed to be like, we probably couldn't have come up with this.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

Firstly, a programming note: ...
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Criss Angel Looks Back On Season 1 Of 'BeLIEve'

12/9/2013 12:03pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
For the last two months, Criss Angel has taken us on the journey of the year with his Spike TV series, Criss Angel BeLIEve. He's given us an inside look at not only how magic is performed, but how demanding and exhilarating it is to be a professional magician.  How do you quantify a project that's made history, blown minds, and even genuinely moved us, too? As he was preparing tomorrow night's last episode of the season, "Ship Appearance," Criss sat down with BFTV to look back on his return to television.

When we first talked to him before BeLIEve premiered, he spoke about doing something ...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Elephant Herd Vanish'

12/4/2013 12:10pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
In this week's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, animals were back in play as Criss attempted to make four of them disappear on the football field at Missouri State University. And back in Las Vegas, his apprentice Krystyn got her shot to impress the audience by performing two of Criss's own demonstrations. Here are five things we learned from 'Elephant Herd Vanish.'

01) We've found somebody who's crazier behind the wheel than Adam Ferrara. While the Top Gear co-host has definitely earned his nickname of 'The Wrecker' (we say that with love, Adam), it's a whole new class of crazy for Criss t...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Elephant Herd Vanish'

12/3/2013 12:15pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
There are only two episodes left in the Criss Angel BeLIEve season, so this is the time to throw everything up against the proverbial wall. Things get a bit crazy this week, as we're talking about more animals - though thankfully ones less outwardly threatening than alligators - and one hair-raising stunt that we already teased for you in our sneak peek on Friday.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

There's a lot going on in this installment of BeLIEve. Besides th...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Sneak Peek: 'Driving Blind'

11/29/2013 12:15pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
Criss Angel is taking things to a new gear in the next episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve - literally, as he's getting behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Sonic without being able to see.

In "Driving Blind," Criss gives a trio of very lucky - or possibly very nervous - fans a once-in-a-lifetime trip when he drives them from Henderson, Nevada onto the Las Vegas Strip. What makes this drive nerve-wracking is that he's doing it with a cover duct-taped over his head, not unlike what you saw when he was walking across two I-beams in the episode "Blind."

Check out the teaser clip below to get a peek at...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Double Straight Jacket'

11/27/2013 12:20pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
In this week's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, Criss came home to New York to perform an ambitious double straight jacket escape, while reuniting with his family and showing us how he became who he is. It was one-part magic show, one-part history lesson. Here are five things we learned from "Double Straight Jacket."

01) When you don't know, know that you don't know. This perfectly interesting sentence is actually true of most episodes of BeLIEve, but particularly in this one. Seeking advice on how to withstand the weight that will be placed around his neck, Criss visits his friend and Mixe...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Double Straight Jacket'

11/26/2013 12:07pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
Criss Angel pays tribute to one of his idols in this week's Criss Angel BeLIEve, and in so doing, pushes himself to the limit. If you thought things were going to slow down after how close he came to death previously, you were totally wrong.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

The show goes on the road for the second time this season (following "Alligator Torture Escape"), as Criss heads to New York City's Times Square for a demonstration that was filmed in early ...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Lord of Illusions'

11/20/2013 12:10pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
Movie magic formed the basis for this week's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, but while that might've been the selling point, what was memorable was what happened to Criss and his team once they tried to make things happen for real. Here are five things we learned from "Lord of Illusions."

01) Magic is (almost always) not real. We knew this one already, and chances are if you're reading this so did you, but we're including it for any folks that aren't aware. So many people delight in pointing out how a trick is done, or tearing down a magician because they didn't really make something disap...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Lord of Illusions'

11/19/2013 12:06pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
This week's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve centers on a demonstration inspired by Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions. And people say that you never learn anything from TV or movies.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

Early in this episode, viewers are treated to a brief glimpse at the scene from the film which serves as the catalyst for this particular demonstration. (You won't see the whole thing, for content and possibly legal reasons.) But you don't need to know...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Sneak Peek: Inspired By Clive Barker

11/15/2013 2:13pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
Next week's Criss Angel BeLIEve might just make you squirm in your seat, as the master illusionist takes his next inspiration from the work of fantasy and horror legend Clive Barker.

"Lord of Illusions," which takes its name from Barker's 1995 movie that starred Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen, sees Criss once again put his life on the line. After spending last week's demonstration in a medieval torture device, this week he commissions a contraption that will impale him on a sword if his prediction is wrong. Counting the preview episode "Cement Grave," this is the fifth of seven installment...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Alligator Torture Escape'

11/13/2013 12:15pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
This week on Criss Angel BeLIEVe, it was time to combine two potentially lethal things - a medieval torture device and a horde of hungry alligators - as Criss headed to Florida. Here are five things we learned from the very appropriately titled "Alligator Torture Escape."

01) Sometimes, you've got to take the show on the road. This is the first episode of BeLIEve in which Criss performs outside of the Las Vegas area. Vegas might have sharks (at Mandalay Bay) and tigers (Mirage), but it doesn't have alligators. The one location with both the necessary reptiles and enough space to handle the...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Alligator Torture Escape'

11/12/2013 12:08pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
You know, we've been watching Criss Angel BeLIEve for six weeks now, and we thought the one thing that was missing was a medieval torture device. Or possibly several hundred flesh-eating alligators. Okay, that was a joke, but those things actually exist in this week's episode. We might have had some laughs with Shaq, but it's time to turn the heat back up on the Magician of the Century.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

This week, we go back to the 'Escape' cate...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Levitating Shaq'

11/6/2013 12:05pm EST
Criss Angel Believe
This week on Criss Angel BeLIEVe, we saw Criss Angel join forces with one of his famous friends to not only attempt a record-breaking levitation, but also to brighten up the lives of children - and maybe even the evening of the viewing audience at home. Here are five things we learned from 'Levitating Shaq.'

01) If you're in a park anywhere around Las Vegas, keep your eyes open. This episode involves another trick performed in a public park. That's after Criss switched two bystanders' bodies in one installment, and then made a woman levitate in another one. Those of you that enjoy spending...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Levitating Shaq'

11/5/2013 9:14am EST
Criss Angel Believe
After last week's incredibly emotional episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, it's time to lighten things up a bit, including a guest appearance by NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. But rest assured, the magic is as entertaining and head-scratching as it always is.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

Levitation is one of the most common tricks in a magician's arsenal, but we're not talking about just floating something a few inches off the ground. No, this being Criss Angel - t...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Sneak Peek: Exclusive Video From 'Levitating Shaq'!

11/4/2013 2:49pm EST
Shaq
This week's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEVE features a very special guest star - and Spike has kindly provided us with some exclusive video of just what exactly he gets into!

In 'Levitating Shaq,' as it says on the tin, Criss Angel tries his hand at making NBA star Shaquille O'Neal levitate - all 7'1" of him. Clearly, this is no small task, but as we've established over the previous four episodes, Criss is pretty good at tackling the biggest of challenges. Watch below to see a preview of Shaq's guest appearance.

Of course, before trying to move the mountain that is Shaq, it helps if you ...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Raise The Dead'

10/30/2013 12:09pm EDT
Criss Angel Believe
This week on Criss Angel BeLIEve, we watched Criss Angel prepare for Halloween by attempting to bring somebody back from the dead. There are about a dozen different things we could say about that, but here are five things we learned from last night's episode, "Raise The Dead."

01) Sometimes demonstrations are very hard to put together. We got a hint of this with "Bullet Catch," but understandably, "Raise The Dead" takes this to a whole new level. You can't just go and get a dead body, and even when you manage to find one, it's a whole other issue to explain what you're planning on doing wi...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Raise The Dead'

10/29/2013 12:08pm EDT
Criss Angel Believe
With Halloween just two days away, Spike has picked the perfect episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve to air this week. If the title didn't clue you in, "Raise The Dead" is more startling than any horror movie. It's the most unsettling - and possibly even the most moving - thing you'll see this fall.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

Before we dig into the details, this episode is worthy of a warning. It is at points very graphic, and in addition to that, because it de...
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Tune In: Criss Angel Tries To 'Raise The Dead' For Halloween

10/28/2013 2:04pm EDT
Criss Angel
Criss Angel BeLIEve is routinely mindblowing, but for Halloween, it's downright frightening. Criss Angel will attempt to raise the dead tomorrow night - and we want to be sure you don't miss it.

[WARNING: This article contains an image and video that may be disturbing to some readers.]

In the appropriately titled "Raise The Dead," Criss tackles a question asked many times over - is it possible to bring someone back to life? He's determined to find out, and what happens when he tries will shock you more than any scary movie. Let's just say we didn't sleep after we saw it.

And that's not...
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5 Things We Learned From 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Bullet Catch'

10/23/2013 1:13pm EDT
Criss Angel Believe
This week on Criss Angel BeLIEVE, our hero accomplished another extraordinary feat, and was able to catch a speeding bullet. The demonstration wasn't without its challenges, though. Here are five things we learned from last night's episode, "Bullet Catch."

And if you missed it last Tuesday, check out five things we learned from last week's premiere episode, "Blind."

01) Courage is not the absence of fear; it's just being able to get over it. Even though he's an expert who's done some truly crazy things over the years, Criss has his fair share of nerves before attempting this particular de...
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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Preview: 'Bullet Catch'

10/22/2013 12:12pm EDT
Criss Angel Believe
In tonight's second episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, the titular illusionist attempts to be the first person to successfully catch a bullet. But the goal of making history isn't the only reason why this installment is memorable.

[SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know anything about tonight's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve, stop reading now. This preview contains some general spoilers.]

It's fair to say that "Bullet Catch" shares some similiarities with last week's premiere episode, "Blind." Both programs feature Criss attempting a demonstration in the 'superhuman' category of magic - th...
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5 Things We Learned From The 'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Premiere

10/16/2013 9:19am EDT
Criss Angel Believe
Criss Angel's new magic series Criss Angel BeLIEve premiered on Spike Tuesday night, and in addition to being vastly entertaining, it was also educational. Here are five things we learned from watching the internationally renowned illusionist's return to television.

01) Even master magicians are worried about by their mothers. During the first meeting to discuss the "Blind" demonstration, the conversation is interrupted by a phone call from Criss's mother, who does what all good moms do and worries about whatever crazy thing her son might be up to now.

02) No illusionist is an island. His...
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