I was just watching a documentary about the history of the levitation effect. It seems Criss has become a modern day version of The Great Lafayette.
Well, Criss Angel has not died in a stage fire. To my knowledge, he hasn't tortured lions. And he's not the highest paid magician in 2011, (compared to Lafayette - 1911).
I happen to be a huge admirer of the Great Lafayette; he achieved celebrity status without television; he did not use camera trickery or other shenanigans to show his talent or creativity. It was all live, on stage. Criss' show is consistently listed has one of the top 10 worst things about Las Vegas. The best thing he can do is sell popcorn...
I see absolutely no similarities between Christopher Sarantakos and Sigmund Neuberger. Just as there is none to Harry Houdini; another magician Criss Angel seems to liken himself too. Who, by the way, was a dreadful magician, but excellent showman.