Anxious editors stood hunched over the clicking wire machines as they typed out the news that Las Vegas magician and television star Criss Angel entertained “a crowd of hundreds of fans from a 75-foot crane, while restrained in a regulation straitjacket with a 50 lb. weight hanging from of his neck by a noose.”
One of the grizzled old copy editors dropped his filterless cig into his coffee mug. “Well, I’ll be . . .” he said to no one as he reviewed the news feed.
Yessir, It was quite a day around the horseshoe-shaped city desk here at Inside Magic.
According to local news reports, Mr. Angel was “suspended upside down by his feet, arms constricted in a straitjacket, dangling from a 75-foot-high crane, with a 50-pound weight hanging from a noose around his neck, Angel wiggled and swung his way to freedom, seeming to rock to the beat of loud electro-rock music.”
The performer dedicated his performance to America’s veterans in keeping with the spirit of the day.
How did the 46 year-old feel?
“My legs are just spent,” he said. “I spent a lot more time up there than I would have liked to.”
Mr. Angel told reporters he succeed only half the time in rehearsals.
One school child told the local paper, “It seems almost impossible to get out of that, so it must be magic. I thought it was scary, cause he could fall and hurt himself really badly.”
Mr. Angel is performing his new touring show, Mindfreak Live at Foxwoods Thursday through Saturday.