(More on the name of the series in a bit).
On Sunday, there was a Facebook message from the John Q. Hammons Arena at Missouri State University offering this tease:
“Taking place in front of a live audience at Missouri State University, Criss Angel will attempt to vanish over 40 tons of Shrine Elephants. Impossible conditions set the stage as Criss Angel attempts to become the first ever to successfully complete a vanish of such epic scale. Don’t miss the chance to see it live and witness history in the making.”
Attendees were invited to witness the jumbo-sized vanish attempt but the organizers had to limit the crowd to 400 folks.
According to the Facebook post, all attendees were required to complete release forms because the event was going to be filmed for the series. So, they were more than just audience members, they were participants.
At 1 p.m., the arena was filled to capacity and the organizers tried to smooth over any disappointment:
“UPDATE: By 1 p.m. the arena was filled to capacity:@JQHArena Sorry folks, we are at capacity for the show. We understand the frustration, but it’s the tours request to cap the crowd at 400 individuals.”
Granted, it was a free show — if you don’t count signing away your rights to Spike TV — but tickets were gone in a hurry.
Yes, but what shall they call the new series on Spike TV?
We have it on very good authority — straight from Robin Leach’s Luxe Life Blog — the new show will be Believe. It will be easy to remember the title because it is the same as the Cirque du Soleil produced Criss Angel show at The Luxor in Las Vegas.
In fact, if you check out the United States Patent and Trademark Office records for registration number 77289541, you will see that Criss Angel has a trademark for BELIEVE for the goods and services of: “Entertainment services, namely, live and televised theatrical productions and performances by a professional entertainer.” And that is exactly how he uses the trademark.
Mr. Angel assigned the rights to the trademark to an entity MPOA LLC in Las Vegas. We checked with the Nevada Secretary of State and learned Mr. Angel is listed as an officer of the company under his real name, Christopher Sarantakos. So, it all checks out.
You can read the full story at Ozarks First here: Magician Criss Angel Performing Free at JQH Arena Today.