Hi. This is your official PenguinMagic reviewer, B_Magic.
The Mindfreak series, especially
the first few seasons, are enjoyable to watch for the most part. Keeping personal feelings about
Criss Angel's magical talents aside, I think it was fun to watch the series and to get a look at
what laymen are watching and comparing other magicians to. At the very least, I found it educational
to know something about the show and to have something to reference when spectators I perform for
bring him up.
Is his show going to knock your socks off? Probably not. In fact, he may
well make you mad! LOL. But I found the show to be something fun to do when bored, and has better
helped me to relate to my audiences. And, I daresay, I may have learned a little something about
self-promotion and presentation by watching.
WARNING: THIS SEASON IS BY FAR THE WORST OF
ALL IN MY OPINION. CRISS GETS WEIRDER AND MORE FAKE.
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Criss Angel is doing what many would aspire to do. He has taken A&E by storm and it is amazing how
many people ask if you like him when they see you perform. He is very good and has a style all his
own like it or not. The seasons are very entertaining and provide perspective when watching him
perform. If you like Criss Angel you will want the Mindfreak Seasons at your finger tips.
Criss is the man! He has already done 3 seasons before this one and still manages to come up with
more amazing ideas. He has gone backwards since season 3 though this is still worth watching and
defiantly not my least favorite season. His famous walking on lake illusion is in this season and is
a lot better the the pool one in season 2.
The only reason for get the Season 4 would be if you actually watched every episode when A&E aired
and you fell in love with it.
If you haven't started out this way, go back to Season
1 and start chronologically from there.
Four episodes really stand out for me in this
Walk on Lake - The scenery was really beautiful, and the fact that he went further
with his Walk on Water theme came out with some amazing results.
Building Implosion Escape
- You had to watch this live to really appreciate it. I really thought he was dead when that
building went down. My heart was in my throat and I was insane while the whole thing was happening.
It scared the dingle berries out of me. I still get chills watching it, even now, because I know how
I felt while it was happening. I reflected quite a bit after this episode and it was an eye-opener
Car Wreck Vanish - This episode would have been just as scary, if not more so,
then the Building Implosion episode if it had been live. It was the first time an episode of
Mindfreak ended on a scary note. Even though these episodes were mainly pre-taped and they weren't
taped in the order that they were aired, this episode caused Criss to have to post a response on his
Myspace page as to his safety, it caused so much chaos.
Silverton Final Attempt - Anyone
who follows Criss' career knows that he doesn't have luck with underwater demonstrations. He tried
Silverton once before in Season 3 and he was forced to cancel right before the event. It was almost
humbling to see him wrestle with his demons here and to come out conquering them. It wasn't just
humbling - it was inspiring and touching. This episode was almost as organic as ones in his previous
seasons that it was almost out of place here.
Season 4 is far from being bad. However, it
pales to every other season he has done thus far. He is the one who makes this show, and he's
missing pieces of himself.