Archive for the 'Criss Angel' Category

Criss Angel Visits Extra

Posted by Michael on June 23rd, 2020

Criss Angel checked in with Extra’s Charissa Thompson to update audiences on his son’s cancer treatment as well as life under quarantine for pediatric cancer patients and entertainment returning to Las Vegas.

Criss Angel On The Doctors Podcast

Posted by Michael on March 24th, 2020

Criss Angel was recently a guest on The Doctors Podcast with Travis Stork, the new podcast of the syndicated television show The Doctors to talk about the changes in Vegas and his son. They posted this clip on the show’s YouTube page and you can hear the entire podcast on TuneIn or wherever you get your podcasts.

Criss Angel To Be Featured On CNBC

Posted by Michael on January 2nd, 2019

The story of how Criss Angel’s son inspired the magician’s charitable ventures will be shared on CNBC’s “The Profit: High Stakes” next Tuesday, January 8th at 10P ET/PT.

Criss Angel And Johnathan Davis [NSFW]

Posted by Michael on December 13th, 2018

Is this a promo for the new Criss Angel immersive magic show Mindfreak opening at the Planet Hollywood or a music video for Johnathan Davis’ song Basic Needs? Kind of hard to tell and Angel himself calls it a “music video” from the show… so that doesn’t really help!

Angel Back Performing One Day After ER Visit

Posted by Michael on March 11th, 2017

Criss Angel was taken to the emergency room after losing consciousness during an upside down straightjacket escape Friday night. TMZ reported on the incident Friday night and reported he walked out of the ER about 10 PM; Saturday morning tickets were still on sale for for the night’s shows.

At time of posting, it is unclear whether or not Saturday’s shows were performed but tickets for the 9:30 PM Saturday performance of Mindfreak Live! were still being offered on the Luxor’s ticketing page at 7:00 PM Vegas time.

Magic Martial Arts Fight? Chinese Now You See Me? More! [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on July 18th, 2016

First up is a story that we didn’t quite believe at first… but the video above of Brett Daniels challenging Criss Angel to a MMA fight is legit and from the Las Vegas Review-Journal YouTube page. We aren’t taking sides and iTricks doesn’t even condone this but if anyone needs a trainer or corner man, I’ve got experience. Just sayin’ is all…

Is there going to be a Chinese language, Chinese co-produced Now You See Me spin off? It certainly looks as though that may happen! The Hollywood Reporter details known plans between Lionsgate and Chinese production company Leomus to produce a spin off of Now You See Me specifically for the Chinese market and possibly cooperate on Escape Plan 2, a sequel to the Sylvester Stallone film that I am pretty sure no one in America bothered to go see at the theaters! There is also coverage of the planned production in the Hong Kong website for The Standard (it is in English).

I am by no means an expert on the Chinese film industry, but I have spent a fair amount of time researching and reporting on the Chinese film. I would not be surprised to see not a spin off but a wholesale Chinese language remake, something like the 2011 Chinese version of What Women Want with Andy Lau and Gong Li, which remade the 2000 Mel Gibson/Marisa Tomei film but was marketed in some countries as a sequel. No direct knowledge, just an educated guess as to how this might all play out.

Don’t forget that the Master Magic Summit we reported on last week, the free online magic seminar, starts today! You can stream all of the talks from well known performers free (and purchase access to downloadable versions) at the Master Magic Summit website.

Closer to home (literally, for some of us) the Branson Tri-Lakes News has all the details about Steve Wyrick’s new show at the White House Theater.

Proving that things are the same all over the world, The Shillong Times talks to Karan Singh and finds that men ask the magician to make their wives disappear all the time…

Finally, The Londonist takes a hard look at Impossible in their new review of the West End magic show.

Looking Ahead To 2014

Posted by Michael on December 30th, 2013

Michael Lauck is a columnist for iTricks. His work appears on Mondays.

2014 should be a great year for magic.

Magic is coming off a big year and should only do better in 2014. There are several major television and film projects that will keep magic in public consciousness throughout the year.

2014 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the magic industry. 2013 was a truly great year with magic projects popping up on television, the stage and even the silver screen. It has been a while since there was so much magic news. Over the last few years there have been so few major magic projects that actually forgetting something at the end of the year would have been impossible. This year was so chocked full of magic that several great shows, such as Travel Channel’s Magic Outlaws and the live shows Nothing To Hide and Play Dead, were inadvertently left out of last week’s 2013 retrospective and I apologize. There were so many stories that there simply was not a noticeable hole left in the article. Best of all, signs indicate that 2014 should be even bigger. Magic is finally back in style.

The best part about magic being popular is that it will trickle down to everyone. Magic fans will get plenty of opportunity to see the top magicians on television or live shows as well as get the chance to see new performers. This popularity will keep magic on the minds of people looking for entertainment locally as well. Bookings should rise for magicians as people planning birthday parties, corporate events, weddings and other events will consider magic (possibly for the first time).

For magicians, the biggest event in 2014 is arguably the combined SAM and IBM convention in St. Louis. Not only will this be the national convention for magic’s premier organizations in North America, it will also be the North American championships for FISM (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques). This means that the convention will select the acts representing North America in the FISM World Championships of Magic in 2015. In addition to the high standard of competition, the convention will feature a selection of Korean magicians, The Fat Brothers and German magicians. The combined convention is centrally located on a holiday weekend, so it should be easy for many to attend. All of this means that the 2014 SAM/IBM convention should see even more great magic and product releases than normal conventions.

Of course, the convention is a magicians only affair and most magicians will not even be able to attend. Luckily, the silver screen will continue to keep magic in the public eye. Although the sequel to Now You See Me will most probably not make it into theaters until 2015, it is scheduled to begin filming in the early part of 2014. Internationally, Dhoom 3 (which also features a magician as a bank robber) will continue its run and should get even more attention when released on home video later in the year. Smaller films, such as New Zealand’s Everything We Loved, will also bring magic to filmgoers throughout the year. These smaller releases include the horror movie Phantasmagoria, which features a Southern plantation once owned by a 19th century magician, and the documentary Magic, Magicians and the Movies which will get some attention because Scorsese, Woody Allen and JJ Abrams are among those featured.

There are also still reports that Warner Brother’s version of Mandrake the Magician will make it to the screen in late 2014. Given the rough journey the project has had so far, a Mandrake film finally appearing might be the greatest movie magic trick of all. Other magic related film projects still in development include The Stooge and adaptations of Carter Beats the Devil, The Houdini Box and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Even if none of these films make it to theaters in 2014, the reports of their development will continue to keep magic in the entertainment news.

Television is the probably the most important media, despite the rise of the Internet, and magic is going to be well represented in 2014. America’s Got Talent has been a mixed blessing for magic over the years, but it has undeniably been a platform for a few magicians to enter the public eye. It will return in 2014 with the same panel of judges, probably the most magic friendly to date, as last year. Another returning face will be Justin Willman, who will continue to be seen on Cupcake Wars. He will also start hosting a Disney revival of the 1980s game show Win, Lose or Draw.

Also returning to television after a bit of a hiatus will be Masters Of Illusion. The show started back in 2000 on the PAX Network (now known as ION). It lasted only a single season but was revived on MyNetwork TV in 2009 for another single season. In 2012 several syndicated specials were released but in the summer of 2013 it was announced that the CW Network had picked up the series for a run starting sometime in 2014. When it does air, it will bring several top magicians into the homes of viewers each week. Both stage and street styles of magic will be included in the new series.

Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne will be premiering in January of 2014 on the A&E Network. Its prank and revenge magic will vary greatly from the more traditional magic featured on Masters Of Illusion. Hopefully, this will help all audiences find their preferred style of magic on TV. A&E has a long history with magic, stretching back to documentaries on the history of magic and their first magic performance series, Mondo Magic with JB Benn and Chris Korn. Best of all, the network has prominently placed Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne spots on their highest rated show Duck Dynasty (which is one of the hottest shows on all of television).

Speaking of JB Benn, he is slated to star in his own Fox special, tentatively titled Unreal, at some point in 2014. Benn was seen earlier in 2013 on the Travel Channel show Magic Man (which may even continue into 2014… Travel Channel is not always the easiest network to follow). Another important special will be History Channel’s two part Houdini biopic starring Adrian Brody. The History Channel (which is owned by A&E) has had some success with this type of programming lately and will undoubtedly rebroadcast several Houdini and magic related shows in support of the film.

All of this activity on the big and small screen will generate an untold amount of publicity that, at least tangentially, keeps magic in the public eye. There will be entertainment news visits to sets, interviews with stars which include demonstrations of magic they have learned and more. There will also be many talk show appearances by magicians and local news segments on area magicians.

Despite the importance of all of the movie and television projects mentioned, magic is best enjoyed live. It seems that there may be a few big live shows in 2014. There are reports that the original line up of The Illusionists is heading to the United States (possibly Broadway). Criss Angel has also announced his own tour of the “world’s greatest magicians” titled WymZkal. Given the return of Masters Of Illusion to television, it is only natural to expect that the live tour connected with the show should have a big year. Of course, if magicians do well on America’s Got Talent then they will secure a spot on that live tour, too.

2014 is shaping up to be one of the best years in recent memory for magic and magicians. Given the number of television projects alone that include magic, the public profile of magic will be raised. Hopefully, the industry can turn this into continued success by generating interest in more live magic as well.