Criss Angel Talks ‘Mindfreak’, Big Announcement

Entertainment Reporter Markos Papadatos recently caught up with Magician Criss Angel, who spoke about his latest show, Mindfreak, and revealed what’s next for him.

We last reported on World-Renowned Magician Criss Angel last December, and he recently updated us on his latest news.


Criss Angel
Award-winning Magician Criss Angel’s latest production, Mindfreak Live! is now playing at the Luxor in Las Vegas.



Meet Criss Angel

Born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos in Hempstead, NY, we now know him as Criss Angel. According to Wikipedia, he began his career in New York City, before moving his base of operations to the Las Vegas Valley. He developed an interest in magic at age seven and performed his first show at the age of twelve. His main early influence was Harry Houdini. By fourteen, Criss was performing throughout high school at restaurants in East Meadow. His first major illusion was making his mother float in their family den.

The award-winning magician is best known for starring in the television and stage show Criss Angel Mindfreak and his live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. He also starred in the television series Believe on Spike TV, the television show Phenomenon, and the 2014 stage show Criss Angel Magicjam.

When we last spoke to Criss, he was preparing to perform “The Supernaturalists” at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Paramount.


Related:  Criss Angel talks about upcoming shows in NY



Rave reviews for Mindfreak Live!

Ever since the new Mindfreak Live! show opened at the Luxor in Las Vegas, it has garnered rave reviews from audience members and critics.

“That feels unbelievable. I’ve never experienced this unbelievable and unprecedented reaction from our audiences. Not only do we get standing ovations every single performance since we opened, but we get standing ovations throughout the show, which is unheard of in the history of theatrical productions in Las Vegas unless you are a rock star or a pop star. It is really unprecedented.”

 He revealed that the new production consists of a neat fencing scene and an impressive bird manipulation act.
“The bird act is amazingly beautiful and poetic. It exudes a spirit and an emotion that really connects to people. It is one of the highlights of the show. It is one of the moments in the show that people literally burst up on their feet to applaud and cheer. It is very moving and uplifting.”
 He said that there are so many different illusions in the show, and many incredible moments.
“There are so many incredible moments in this show from the lasers to the levitations that I do. There are so many different illusions. There are more illusions in this show than any of my previous productions, or any magic show ever. There are over 50. It is so revolutionary.”

Update on his son’s illness

Criss updated us on the progress of his two-year-old son, Johnny Crisstopher Sarantakos, who has been battling leukemia.

“Johnny is doing great. He is doing really well. I am hoping he is going to come out here and see me in the next month or two.



Charity event

On September 12, Criss will host an event at the Luxor in Las Vegas, which benefits pediatric cancer research. HELP- Heal Every Life Possible features a star-studded list of performers, and a celebrity auction. You can donate to this amazing cause as well.




The Greek-American magician revealed his next project: a new special will air on A&E this October.

“I am very excited to be back on television. We are going to kill it and recharge magic on television. We are back with a vengeance.”

Mindfreak Live!

Criss Angel official website

HELP- Heal Every Life Possible


Markos Papadatos

Markos Papadatos

Markos Papadatos is an acclaimed Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 4,400 articles over the past 9.5 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music including Aerosmith, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Dame Vera Lynn, Lee Ann Womack, Idina Menzel, Hank Williams Jr., Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Armin van Buuren, The Marshall Tucker Band, Megadeth, Charlie Daniels, Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart, Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson from The Bangles, Matchbox 20, Hot Chelle Rae, Martin Garrix, Jewel, Amy Grant, Kris Allen, David Cook and Phillip Phillips from American Idol, teen sensations Cody Simpson and Austin Mahone, Daniel Powter, Matt Nathanson, Little Big Town, Easton Corbin, Chris Young, Sandi Patty, Matthew West, DJs Paul van Dyk and Sander van Doorn, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block and Jerry Douglas from Alison Krauss and Union Station, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury, Gene Watson, among countless others. He has also interviewed Olympic gold medalist in wrestling Mark Schultz (whose life was made into the film "Foxcatcher"), as well as Olympic gold medalist in diving David Boudia, and the world's greatest magician, Criss Angel.
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