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shoot of Mindfreak. He’s been here for 90 percent of the shoot. The only time he’s not here is when he has a show. GENII: And what about Johnny Thompson? ANGEL: Johnny is not only working behind the scenes, but he’s also in the surreal sequences supposedly taking place in my subconscious, he plays the character “Theo.” He’s like my father or uncle—we’re not sure, but he’s part of my family. Johnny Thompson is a resource of wisdom. He knows every single thing that I’m shooting, and we’ve gone through it on multiple occasions trying to figure out the best approach in order to capture this or that particular effect. We had brainstorming sessions before we started to shoot, in pre-production with the core Mindfreak team. Now, we go to the location where we’re shooting and figure it out right then and there—we confirm our original plan or change it completely once I look at it through the camera and figure out how we’re really going to approach this. GENII: In the “reality” portions of the series, is there 66

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footage that shows Johnny Thompson, Luke Jermay, and Banachek working with you? ANGEL: Absolutely—tons of it. Probably hundreds of hours of it. A lot of footage that doesn’t make it into the series will likely appear on the DVDs afterward. We’ve shot extensive on-camera interviews with Thompson, Banachek, Lance, Todd Robbins, Luke Jermay, Jim Steinmeyer, you … GENII: Oh, I almost forgot about that. I looked puffy. [Criss ignores this remark] ANGEL: … why have this veil over everything? People are trying to hide the secrets to the tricks, but when you let people in on the behind-the-scenes stuff, that’s the real magic. GENII: Well, you’re not letting them in on methodology … ANGEL: … we’re not exposing anything, but you show them what the process is. When people perform these things they look so effortless—and everybody says it’s supposed to look effortless—that laymen really don’t appreciate it. My theory is that there are no rules … let’s show people, let’s take them inside, let’s go to the guy that’s building a prop—like Splash’s Bob North who’s building 90 percent of my stuff. Let’s see the process, testing, what happens afterward. Let’s see that whole process so people at home see that this stuff is not something you just think of and do the next day. It’s life or death, and you see Bob concerned that he’s building something that could kill me—let’s show all that. That’s engaging. GENII: Tomorrow is Monday the 11th of April, the first day of your last week of shooting in Las Vegas. Tomorrow is an unusually tough day in which you have three “A” stunts or effects in one day. ANGEL: I was planning on doing some of these things, like the “Building Walk,” this past week, but due to the weather … GENII: The wind, really heavy winds … ANGEL: … gusts up to 30 miles per hour while I was

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