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 Post subject: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:48 am 
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Did anybody see chris angel's Bio on A&E ? WoW. He went through a lot to get to were he is at today. I know a lot of you on here dont like him but you really need to watch his bio. Great story.


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:42 am 
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It's actually really sad. I think the general magic community shunned him after he did a couple of camera tricks and tricks with all actors and no real people. Most of what he does is "real" considering it's magic. I mean, he does have incredible dedication. Late last year his show at the Luxor started to nosedive, he could not handle doing a full show for a large audience apparently. He worked hard and now it's back on track.


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:09 am 
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Ya his show at the Luxor is way diff than Mindfreak. I seen his show and its really good.


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:44 am 
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The only sad thing about him is that he thinks hes a good magician


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:52 am 
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daniel116 wrote:
The only sad thing about him is that he thinks hes a good magician


Let's try not to turn this into a Criss bashing thread. :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:05 am 
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Ya his show at the Luxor is way diff than Mindfreak. I seen his show and its really good.

Great ideas, all he needed was to remember his roots and learn to put on a good live show where there is no cut, you adress the audience directly and I think he's starting to rise to the challenge.


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:07 am 
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daniel116 wrote:
The only sad thing about him is that he thinks hes a good magician

You have to admit he's had some unique ideas though. showing a card then brining it to his signed poster and having the signature jump to the card. (which wasn't one of his camera tricks)


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:12 am 
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tiggerkim wrote:
daniel116 wrote:
The only sad thing about him is that he thinks hes a good magician

You have to admit he's had some unique ideas though. showing a card then brining it to his signed poster and having the signature jump to the card. (which wasn't one of his camera tricks)


Strange you mentioned that, because that was what I saw for the 2 minutes I was watching him a few days ago; when I saw that, I literally said, "NOW THAT is a great idea!"


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:16 am 
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He even started a band. Doing magic with his music back in the 80's. He has put alot of time into what he does.

Yes lets not turn this into a Criss bashing thread. Lets keep it on track.

I understand some may not like him, then move on to a diff post please.


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:14 pm 
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Do you have a link to the biography?


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
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tiggerkim wrote:
You have to admit the people he's hired have had some unique ideas though. showing a card then brining it to his signed poster and having the signature jump to the card. (which wasn't one of his camera tricks)


FIFY


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:10 pm 
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Sabby wrote:
Do you have a link to the biography?


No I taped it on A&E


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:55 am 
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I have not seen his biography, but I would reccommend people popping over to http://geniimagazine.com/2010/07/criss-angel-aug-2005/ to read a huge article about Criss and Mindfreak which was written before the first season of Mindfreak. It honestly made me have a little higher respect for him, HOWEVER I think that he has changed a lot from Season one to Season six. His ego has just grown and grown and because of that, I don't have too much respect for the person that he is now.


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:37 am 
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evanbishop wrote:
I have not seen his biography, but I would reccommend people popping over to http://geniimagazine.com/2010/07/criss-angel-aug-2005/ to read a huge article about Criss and Mindfreak which was written before the first season of Mindfreak. It honestly made me have a little higher respect for him, HOWEVER I think that he has changed a lot from Season one to Season six. His ego has just grown and grown and because of that, I don't have too much respect for the person that he is now.


You really need to see the bio........If you know all the things he does for sick kids and the free shows and also the money he puts back into magic to might change your mind.


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 Post subject: Re: chris angel on A&E
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:45 am 
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One thing you have to consider with a Bio on A&E is that it is on A&E which also happens to host Mindfreak. So we must also ask ourselves if there was anything bad to say about him would they? The station would not be very smart to trash one of their golden boys but to put him in a shining star of charity and good will would certainly help with his upcoming season. We are magicians, I would hope by now you would know not to just see things at face value.

I was interested in Criss in his first season. He was new and testing new grounds. It was interesting seeing what he would do with the power and influence he had over the perception of his magic. At the end of the first season I thought he had done ok. Sure I spotted a bunch of camera tricks and stooges but I still kept it together.
Things might get better in the second season. They did not. Half way through the second season I was done. An effect without the use of cameras or stooges came once in a blue moon and it just was not worth it. On top of this Criss had begun doing stupid things such as lying half naked over Houdinis grave or calling out fellow magicians on national TV. His ego began rising so high that even the many chains around his neck could not weigh it down. He was given a contract to construct a show at the Luxor which was universally panned across the board. Great to see that the man who is currently in charge of our collective image has an ego and talent comparable to Gob Bluths.

If all this were not enough for you I can give a little fact that I picked up from someone that worked on the show. No this is not some sound guy for a day, this is a member of the surreal family from the first couple of seasons. You remember the grouping of people who wandered around in the desert at the interludes of the show. Well I just happened to get a ride from one of them and boy did he have a story. The jist was that when the Luxor wanted the stage show they also wanted the family to be apart if it. They offered the whole cast of the family a large sum of money (a couple million a piece) to sign a contract that would last only a few years (forgive me if I am wrong but I believe it was 2 years) and they turned it down. He told me that the decision was almost universal that for that amount they would not want to spend another 5 minutes working with Criss. His ego and attitude had pushed away those that had helped him bring his show up to begin with.

Remember Banachek from the first few seasons? Whatever happened to him being a consult on the show? Well it just so happens that my little chat also included the story of why Banachek was fired.
Banachek as we know contributed a lot to the show even though this was never mentioned in the actual show. Banachek was asked for an interview for radio (I believe, might have been a mag) The interview was covered a handful of things such as his personal work, future projects, and a mention of his involvement on Mindfreak. Bancheck acknowledged the question and gave the standard pleasant thing that you say about something in an interview.
Now as soon as Criss heard the interview he told Banachek that he was fired. Not because he had spoken poorly of Criss but because he did not speak more about him and his show. It was Banacheks interview but Criss could not stand to have someone else steal some spotlight.
This is what I was told by someone who saw it first hand. Kind of puts the whole Phenomenon fiasco in perspective.

Oh, to wrap this up I don't like Criss.


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