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Mindfreak: Secret Revelations Hardcover – April 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; First Edition edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061137618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061137617
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An amazing illusionist! The best I’ve ever seen!” (Howard Stern)

“Criss Angel is brilliant, he’s the postmodern Houdini and the man in whose hands the future of magic lies.” (MTV)

About the Author

Criss Angel appears on the top-rated series Mindfreak, the first weekly magic series in forty years. Criss has performed more magic on prime-time television in the United States than anyone in history. He has performed on Broadway and in a number of television specials, and has received numerous awards throughout his career. He has been named magician of the year three times, making him the first three-time recipient ever to receive this most coveted award. He resides in Las Vegas and New York.

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I found this book very entertaining.
Lesa A. Delong
I dont read books and I just could not put this Book down If you know who he is and you like him you have to get this book once you start you can stop.
Princess
I took every free moment I had to read the book.
S. Singer

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan B. Crawley on April 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
though the book is not the best written, anyone who is a fan of criss angel will probably find it enjoyable. you almost picture criss angel's voice when you read it if you have ever watched the show. for people interested in magic, or maybe insight into his life or passions, it is a very easy read.

also, the forty mindfreaks will prove invaluable to someone looking to get into magic. if you are an experienced magician you may not find much you don't know or much you could use, but it's still worth a look. and whether these tricks play big or not, they may inspire even bigger tricks from newcomers. anyone (maybe not literally) can learn these tricks but it is more important to know that where criss angel finds the largest impact is the presentation.

one thing i took away from it is that no matter what the trick, how good it is or how much it may cost or how big or small it might be, if you don't have the passion and the energy and time to put into practicing it and making it your own, you will not be successful with any kind of magic. anyone can do a trick. it takes even more to make people believe or at least leave them in wonder and confusion.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By John P. Morgan VINE VOICE on April 29, 2007
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I pre-ordered this book on Amazon about a month ago and I just got it. Is it a good book? Well, put it this way, I finished it in one evening. I really liked the way it was written. Easy going. Open. Honest. Just like Criss. If one were to see Criss Angel on the street without knowing anything about him, one might see a Goth, or a rocker, or some other stereotype, but just like his magic, he goes beyond the appearances and reveals something more.

What I got from this book is that Criss Angel is one focused individual. He had a dream and he followed through on it no matter what it took. How many of us can say that? We have these dreams and then we give up on them as soon as there is struggle. I'm not saying to seek out struggle, but if struggle does come, work with it. In fact, put it out of your mind and just see the end result of your dream and keep doing everything in your power to bring that dream to pass, and eventually it will.

Criss Angel is so down to earth. It is so obvious that he loves his family, his friends', and what he does for a living. I guess that's part of his magic. I thought he was going to be this very complicated, misunderstood individual but he's actually quite simple...almost childlike...which also accounts for his ability to astound his audiences. He still has wonder, a passion for the mysterious, he still seeks joy in the unknown. Most of us learn to curb our enthusiasm, take things at face value, and stop being curious about life and then we wonder why our lives are so mediocre.

I doubt that I will do any of the magic tricks that he includes in section II of this book because I primarily got it for the biography.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on April 27, 2007
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Criss Angel is the Darling Child of the Magic World. Of course, he is on top because he works day and night to do that. He has earned his wings.
Reading Secret Revelations is like walking next to Criss and have him tell you about himself, his family and his passions. It is unconventional and it is entertaining -
As a second generation Greek American kid myself, I was proud and can relate to the closeness of Angel and his family - when Criss writes of his father, his Dad's cancer and death, it was hard because it made me miss my Dad, (whom I lost in 2003).
Angel can walk the talk and is living his dream - with the integrity his heritage instilled in him - At one point Criss wrote that he only wished his father was alive to see his success - Criss - your Dad is right there with you every step of the way - never forget that.
I see in my future trips to the Luxor to see Angel's new professional new home -
This book does not go into excruciatingly personal detail - what it does do is show you a very nice talented focused guy who is following his passion with his family's blessings. I am of The Loyal.
In the later part of the book, Criss shares his secrets on some tricks to dazzle your own friends and family.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Singer on May 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You might think you know Criss Angel, but really you have no idea. This book was absolutely hands down AMAZING! For anyone who is a Loyal, a fan or just beginning to watch MindFreaK, watching the show gives you what he can do physically, but not where it all came from, or what is in his heart or what he believes. Criss has always said "What I do is completely real, what you see is what you get." This is especially true when reading this book. Secret Revelations is not a "it's good" kind of book. I took every free moment I had to read the book. I don't do that with most books. I took the book in my bag every time I left the house.

From the first page, first sentence to the last; I was hooked into everything this man had to say. Chapter 4, in which he talks about his father, is so unique and special that it makes you think about your own relationship with your parents and how your parents can become a tremendous influence if you just talk to them and share and want them to be part of your life.

If you haven't noticed, I enjoyed the book very much. Criss is a really good author. He explains things by using examples and ends each chapter with the reader wanting to know more. He adds humor to his writing which makes you laugh because you understand what he means. At least that's how it was for me. In the past few days as I was near finishing the book I actually had to physically pull myself away from reading it. It was the type of book that made you want to finish it, but in a way savor it because it was that incredible. As my dad says "its sort of a sad, happy ending". When you finish reading it (which I know everyone will want to!) you will see that Criss Angel has no pretense and that he is not a fake.
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