Criss Angel Heads to Broadway

Magician Criss Angel is taking his show from Las Vegas to Broadway.

He recently returned to Planet Hollywood, where he began the MINDFREAK television series that brought him and his unique brand of magic into the living rooms of millions.  That led to a long run with the Luxor and his association with Cirque du Soliel.

But now, as he points out in an interview with Fox News, his new show has “more lights than all seven Cirque [du Soleil] shows combined — over 2,000 lights. People are going to come to this show even in the entertainment capital of the world and they are going to see a show that will blow their mind unlike any show in the world of entertainment.”

He will bring his show “RAW – The Mindfreak Unplugged” to Broadway in July.

“The Broadway show is another goal that I’ve had since I was a kid and now I’ll be accomplishing that July 2nd — doing eight shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre that once housed Doug Henning, my childhood inspiration,” he said.

What will it be like?  Think of it as a rare, intimate evening with a magician usually only seen in huge venues.

He told Fox, it will be like a “stripped-down version of getting to know Criss Angel, as if I was in your living room hanging out having a beer,” adding that the experience will “make you feel like you can go out and conquer the world, especially after you see me levitate in pure light in a way that no one has ever done in the history of magic.”

The man works nearly around the clock performing, inventing and rehearsing.  It is more than just learning the secret to a trick on the internet.

“I didn’t have the Internet back in the day, I went to the card catalog … Now you know if somebody wants to learn a secret they go online and there’s no real work to understand what that secret really means to make it something valuable and to make it your own,” Mr. Angel said.

He is not just working to perfect his performances at Planet Hollywood or Broadway.  He has dedicated much to bring awareness to childhood cancer.  His son, Johnny Crisstopher, was diagnosed with leukemia at 2 years old. Now, Johnny, who is 5, is in remission.

“It really underscored what it means to really be a voice for these kids. And, so for me, my life’s commitment is these kids. I’ve dedicated a lot of my time, my money and just my focus to using my success which I’ve been blessed with to really raise awareness and be a voice for these kids.”

Read the full Fox interview here.

Check out Mr. Angel’s website here.

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