I think you guys forget something. Please note, I can't watch American tv, (so if the part of that show appears on youtube and you know it, I'd really appreciate if somebody posts a link)
, so I can only give my 2 cents to the comment about the rabbits. You may be right that nowadays it's an exception when a rabbit or other animal dies because of a magic performance. But think back to the early times of magic. Magicians really killed rabbits and birds when they didn't find another way to perform the trick. As a matter of fact those things happened before the human beings learned that animals are not "things". And I think that's what Criss meant with the quote. Maybe it still happens accidently, I don't know- but what I know is that there were rumors some time ago that Criss and Cirque would use living rabbits during the show, and it seemed to create a scandal until it turned out to be nothing more than a rumor. And at that time he already said that the show would include some kind of hommage to all those rabbits who got harmed or killed by magicians in the past.
That's why I think he doesn't insult current magicians, he just reminds people what magic used to be in the past.
This goes back to what I've been wondering for a while now. And that is...Why does Criss Angel need to be backed by Cirque du Solei? David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Penn & Teller can all carry their own shows. Criss needs filler provided by Cirque du Solei?
I can't say for sure of course but I believe that people will be greatly disappointed by the lack of magic in Criss's new show. They'll go expecting to see magic and end up seeing a bunch of acrobatic moves.
And I'm sure Believe
will be great. It was never supposed to be a pure magic show. Criss and Cirque said from the beginning that it will be something bigger than that, a fantasy story from "Amystika
", the surreal world Criss has created, told with the combination of magic, illusions, music and the professional dancers and artistes of Cirque. I'm looking forward to Believe
, though it will take some time until I will be able to visit Las Vegas and watch it.