We're inclined to agree with him. Unlike any other magic project in any medium, not just television, BeLIEve hasn't only delivered impressive illusions; it's an up close and personal look at the reality of magic. It's not only what happens, but how it happens, who makes it happen, and what it takes for the magician. Forget those Magic's Biggest Secrets specials; this is the most revealing look into magic that you've ever seen.
That's not to say the demonstrations weren't jaw-dropping, because they were. We were privy to Criss succeeding at a demonstration that killed another magician in 'Cement Grave,' watched him perform a controversial act in the Halloween special 'Raise The Dead,' and were shocked when the cameras caught him nearly being seriously wounded in 'Lord of Illusions.' These were not simple tricks; in fact, several episodes weren't tricks at all, but legitimate challenges. This was pushing things to their absolute limit.
So even though Criss had been through the process of television before with Mindfreak, that didn't necessarily prepare him for BeLIEve. "It was a lot more difficult to do than I ever dreamt. And obviously with my shoulder surgery, that was not part of the plan," he commented, referring to the injury he aggravated while performing his Times Square double straightjacket escape. "At the end of the day, I'm very happy with the outcome and with what we accomplished."
"I think we've accomplished everything we set out to do, and I think we still have some room to grow and figure out how to tweak things and do things that I have ideas for," he continued. "I think if you look at the 'Rips Bodies Apart' [video], wand how that one clip just grew at a rate that the world of magic has neve rseen in its history on the internet, that is just an unbelievable thing. To see a clip have 15 million viewers in a matter of a couple of months is just mindblowing.
"If you look at episodes like the straightjacket [escape], I'm really proud of that show. It gives people the opportunity to see where I started and how difficult these things I do are," Criss told us. "Then [the] elephant vanish showed the viewers that this didn't just happen to me overnight; this is something I've been working on over decades."