Yes, he even sells it.
Yes I know I actually own it. I actually just went back and rewatched it and Criss credits someone by the name of Jacob Spinny creating the concept AND having a rough prototype. So what I getting, from Criss Angel's own mouth is that Criss just made a nicer gimmick. So I'm not sure we can credit Criss with this since it was someone else's concept. I don't know that I'm shocked though. In another one of his dvds he reveals that the quarter in soda can was also not his creation.