There is one thing we can say for Criss Angel, he never does thing halfway. Many a magi have performed levitations but only one did it on top of a Las Vegas Casino. Criss Angel is taking the same philosophy to the web and broadcast world.
The illusionist leaked word of the August 2011 launch of MagicPlace.com to Robin Leach. Robin, in turn, shared the news with about a few million readers of his Luxe Life column in the Las Vegas blog, VegasDeluxe.com. Criss Angel told the cigar-chomping reporter of all things rich, famous, and glittery the site will be a combination of a broadcast network, magic portal, magic store, and magician school and talent agency.
Criss Angel intends on having 14 magic shows produced and “aired” each week. He will handle the hosting duty for four and enlist additional talent for the remaining ten shows.
The Pierced One told Robin Leach, “It’s completely different from anything ever attempted before on or off the Internet. I’m insanely passionate about it. I believe it will ultimately revolutionize the way people experience everything magic. There’s nothing in the world like it.”
We have to admit a mere mortal might blanch at launching a web site, a store, or single network. Taking on those three pieces plus a host of other magic portal services would intimidate even the most efficient among us.
According to Robin Leach, Criss Angel has already taped interviews with Lance Burton, The Amazing Johnathan, Jeff McBride, and pop singer Ke$ha. We understand Siegfried & Roy will be Criss Angel’s first guests. That is a big coup.
We are looking forward to The Amazing Johnathan’s show titled “Psych.”
There will be a Spanish language version of at least portions of the MagicPlace.com operation to serve his apparently large and enthusiastic following of that linguistic persuasion.
Criss Angel wants the site to offer something for everyone and to provide space for new magicians. “I’m trying to give talented people a vehicle to be discovered and do it in a way so there’s no people breathing down their back like I’ve had to deal with in my TV career — and that gives them the opportunity to really be creative.”
Robin Leach reported the network will include the creatively named “The Magic Shop” where one can buy magic effects from a catalog of more than 10,000 items. The Mindfreak Magic Academy will give instruction to students willing to make two trips a year to Vegas. In addition to all that, a select number of performers will earn the imprimatur of a C.A. Magician. “Whatever event — be it for family or business — that you have, we will take the risk out of hiring a magician. We want to assure quality for anybody anywhere in the world.”
Plus, he will soon launch iPhone Apps with which one can perform effects that are “truly insane and unbelievable!”
We did not include another five or six planned projects announced in the Robin Leach piece. Check it out for yourself here.