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GENII: The séance sequence must take a while. ANGEL: Yeah, about 15 minutes, but it has to be chopped

up otherwise it’s too long. GENII: Then it’s not the major piece in that particular

episode … ANGEL: Not at all. But there are a lot of involved pieces

that are not the “A” demonstrations—they’re really cool, though. Here’s another one: I went to the Harley-Davidson Cafe and did a Ouija Board kind of effect, but we used an upside-down wine glass as the planchette. We had letters around the table. I had three people put their fingers on the wine glass. I asked one of the people to think about someone that they loved, but missed—the person might also be deceased. The glass moved and spelled out the name of the person they were thinking of. It was very emotional, and then the table rose off the ground, did some unusual things, then fell back to the ground and broke in half. People were bawling—it was pretty intense. And just for the record, I do not claim that anything I do is psychic or supernatural, and I state that on the show—it’s just a hell of a lot of hard work. • Criss does so much magic over the course of the series that it’s impossible to write about all but a small part of it here. It’s easy to lose sight of what a clever magician he is because so much of the attention of the series and the network’s promotion is directed toward the big stunts.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to see it during the first two segments of each 30-minute episode. As a very charismatic guy with an intense approach to performing, he interacts incredibly with spectators in all situations. The “Man with No Fear” tagline I’ve given him applies not just to the life-threatening stunts and escapes, but also to his close-up magic. He’s not nervous or “tight” when he’s working close up—and it’s remarkable because he hasn’t done many of these tricks more than a few times before going in front of the cameras with them. He’s facile and dexterous, learning each routine quickly and easily. Because he has no fear in performance, he’s able to then go out and do the routines for people with the same ease as someone who’s been performing them for many years. • We’ve been talking for so long that lunch has come and gone, and the sun is now going down, creating a spectacular view of Vegas out of the enormous window in Criss’s suite. He certainly hasn’t noticed—he’s still telling me about all the effects and stunts they’ve already shot, and all the ones that they’re going to shoot. Despite the fact that he’s had little sleep for weeks, he’s bright eyed and enthusiastic. He’s completely engulfed in the process and it excites him endlessly. He meets every challenge with passion and a relentless persistence. He’s obsessed with his art and, for a guy who’s got so much riding on it, he’s remarkably calm. •

2005 Aug Chris Angel  

Criss Angel: Beyond Houdini Criss Angel: Beyond Houdini THE CONJURORS’ MAGAZINE AUGUST 2005 $5 Criss Angel: No Fear ● Richard Kaufman The Pi...

2005 Aug Chris Angel  

Criss Angel: Beyond Houdini Criss Angel: Beyond Houdini THE CONJURORS’ MAGAZINE AUGUST 2005 $5 Criss Angel: No Fear ● Richard Kaufman The Pi...

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