21 Nov

Image from Crushable.com (Image from crushable.com)

Criss Angel is one of those personal annoyances* I forget about until some ridiculous bit of info surfaces in the media. This time, however, he hasn’t been revealed as a edit-happy sham – no, he’s got a new product to push.

Film editing suite, to cover up lack of of skill, not included.

If you ignore his grating stage persona, or that he attempts to re-brand even these simple tricks as MINDFREAKS, you’re left with the fact that this is almost EXACTLY the present my parents bought my brother for Christmas when he as 9 or 10.

You can try to adult it up all you like, but I don’t think making a ping-pong ball disappear from the interior of a cup has ever helped him open a conversation with an intriguing female. (I could be wrong.)

Did you know Angel had a band before he was famous? They were called Angeldust, and their first item was entitled “Musical Conjurings from the World of Illusion”. I kid you not.

*I do give him props for calling out Uri Geller.


4 Responses to “Disappear”

  1. bmj2k November 21, 2010 at 18:20 #

    CAN’T STAND this guy.
    I saw Penn and Teller a couple of year ago (second row center!) and these guys in their act talk (well, Penn talks) about magic, the history of magic, and magicians. They have zero respect for Cris Angel.

    Penn, if you ever heard his late lamented radio show, is a very interesting guy who can talk on a myriad of varied topics.

    • JRD Skinner November 21, 2010 at 19:09 #

      Wow, I’d love to see Penn & Teller live sometime, I enjoy their take on magic, as well as their television work.

      Penn is a sharp cookie – I don’t always agree with him, but he always brings something interesting to the discussion.

  2. bmj2k November 21, 2010 at 23:34 #

    The best thing about the show? When it ended, the curtain didn’t go down, they simply leaped off the stage, ran out the theater doors, and stood outside for autographs and photos. They waited for every last person to leave and were the most accomodating celebs I have ever heard of, let alone seen.

    • JRD Skinner November 22, 2010 at 15:50 #

      Very nice – they definitely strike me as showman from a more civilized age. Who would have the fortitude these days to launch into a career in which their entire stage persona is to never speak? Now that’s moxie!

      (Er, but not Moxie CrimeFighter.)

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