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FOREFRONT of the MAGIC WORLD,
This review is from: Criss Angel - Mindfreak - The Complete Season One (DVD)
David Blaine and Criss Angel are the forefront of magic in the new century. Why? Gone are the parlor tricks we've become so accustom to, and now we have magic that will make watch in wonder... how did they do that? Tricks on the street, with common observers. Tricks that not only take illusion, slight of hand and craftsmanship, but also take MENTAL TOUGHNESS and PREPAREDNESS.
Some of the more dazzling things that Criss Angel does in season one will leave you awe-struck. Like when he walks DOWN THE SIDE OF A VEGAS BUILDING... or WALKS THROUGH A GLASS WINDOW. Even the little things... like levitating a frisbee that had landed on the ground, spinning it up to eye level and throwing it to an observer without ever toughing it. Or don't let me forget when he walks up to some random people in a park, puts a young girl into a trace, bends her BACKWARD at a 90 degree angle and then LEVITATES HER ENTIRELY.
Of course there's the time when he levitates HIMSELF. I'm not talking a few inches off the ground like David Blaine did previously. I'm talking feet. Three feet. Four Feet. High enough to lift himself over a good sized dog. Not taking anything away from the equally incredibly David Blaine, but a nearby observer spoke the SAYS IT ALL COMMENT, "Blaine needs to kiss this guys ass."
I don't know about that... Criss still hasn't done anything close to the most amazing trick that David Blaine did. Removing a wrist watch from a woman... walking a few feet down the street to a jewelry store where the woman's watch was displayed in the window... and being after hours, the store was closed, so he put his hand and arm through the glass right before our eyes and retrieves the watch. Or creating water, wearing a sleeveless shirt with a single leaf for a jungle tribe that had no running water.
Okay, okay... back to Criss Angel. The show is incredible. I watch it religiously. One of the things I find enduring about the show is the fact that Criss' brothers are part of his crew and it's kinda cool to see them worry about him when he does his tricks... even though... sometimes it looks sorta staged.
Also, the fact that he includes other magicians in his show, like Lance Burton, Penn & Teller & the Amazing Johnathan. I'm just waiting for the 2 part episode where him and David Blaine team up... dear lord... wouldn't that be great!
If anybody out there is complaining about Criss Angel and the validitiy of his tricks... I'd like to see the magicians that they're watching because I can't imagine that magic could get much better.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2006 11:34:00 AM PST
Mark Pierce says:
Criss Angel is better then David Blaine by far, but they both do tricks the magicians would not dare to do them selves. For example, criss cut himself in half in front of a live audience and was still alive, how do you explain that? Another example of defiaing gravity is him levitating himself on of a building and going to another building that was aleast a football field long or so in braud daylight. there were no strings attached to him when he did that stunt. i am glad he has some of the magicians that he admires in the show to help him out. One last example is him getting run over by his best friend. Criss was on a break wall and could not go anywhere. the car crashes into the wall and criss survives. I think if anyone has a complaint with the stunts criss does, maybe they try to do it themselves. okay, one more. How about the time he stuck his arm through the chest of a volunteer. u can see the arm go through with no problem.
Posted on Jun 9, 2007 10:59:34 PM PDT
S. Boland says:
It's nice to see David Blaine even posts a review on Chriss Angel's DVD.
Posted on Sep 3, 2013 1:37:51 PM PDT
not to differ with ya too much but uh...the brothers reactons and comments on everything are staged...it's called adding to the show with excitement and banter of oohs and ahhs and "are you ok.'s" just like his Mother's unrealistic fears and horror looks...
Also of coarse Penn and Teller, Lance Burton and Amazing Johnathan are appearing as guests... derr...They are all Las Vegas acts! they all help eachother out, part of their contracts, to get more money from tourism.
Love the magicians and the acts... all of them but lets get real... deception is magic too along with illusion. The people (tourists) in the show are part of the show.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:01:11 AM PDT
Chris Kennison says:
geez. I wrote this in 2005. Totally agree with you though. Although I'm a bigger fan of David Blaine, magic is that which you can't explain and why of course we realize that most of this is staged and the tricks aren't always what they seem, if we can't define them or they mistify our minds.... success!! I enjoy both of their magic.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 4:17:14 AM PDT
I enjoy all of it too regardless.... just had to let ya know. :) 2005? Wow, that's kind of cool that you are still reaching others with your opinion :) have a good day!
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