LAS VEGAS (July 11, 2016) – Following a month of previews that left fans begging for more, and on the heels of being named a 2017 Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree, Criss Angel’s genre-smashing immersive magic spectacle MINDFREAK® LIVE! celebrated its world premiere last night at Luxor Hotel & Casino. The show brings the “magic experience of a lifetime” to The Strip with all-new illusions, ground-breaking 3-D worlds and breathtaking visuals that astound audiences like never before.
The premiere night house was packed with Loyals, fans and celebrity friends including critically acclaimed actor Gary Oldman, stand-up comedian Andrew Dice Clay, world-famous rapper and TV personality Flavor Flav, UFC Champion Randy Couture, world-renowned singer Tony Orlando, UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, master magician Lance Burton, Las Vegas headliners Carrot Top and Terry Fator, The Australian Bee Gees and the casts of Mystère by Cirque du Soleil®, FANTASY and Thunder From Down Under, all of whom rose to their feet multiple times as Angel performed illusions never before seen on stage that took the audience’s breath away. More than 15 years in the making, Angel performed a revolutionary incarnation of his signature levitation; flying, flipping and then lifting a woman by her hands - as he was upside down – floating away together and leaving audiences stunned.
"MINDFREAK® LIVE! is absolutely and utterly the freshest and most innovative magic spectacular ever,” said Jerry Nadal, senior vice president, Cirque du Soleil. “I'm blown away!"
Following last night’s premiere, MINDFREAK® LIVE! has received additional rave reviews from many guests in attendance, including:
“What an amazing, spectacular show!” – Gary Oldman
"Amazing! Absolutely loved it!" – Andrew Dice Clay
“Criss is beyond anything I've ever seen. He's truly in a category all of his own - a legendary star!" - Tony Orlando
"The best magic show not only in Vegas, but the world! Loved the show!" – Lance Burton
"Unbelievable! By far, hands down the best magic show I've ever seen." - Amazing Johnathan
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Angel’s triumphant return to the Luxor stage comes just days after the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Walk of Fame selection committee announced that he will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Theater/Live Performance.
Celebrated as “the most watched magician in history,” Criss Angel‘s MINDFREAK® LIVE! is revolutionizing the world of magic, using his unique blend of heart-stopping illusions and state-of-the-art technology to delight spectators worldwide. In a full-scale production built on making the impossible possible, MINDFREAK® LIVE! features animated LED lighting, RGB lasers, 3-D immersive effects, LED virtual worlds, pyrotechnic landscapes, live musicians/DJ, and more.
“We’d like to congratulate Criss and his team on an amazing new show,” said Nik Rytterstrom, general manager of Luxor. “Criss has used his exceptional creativity to deliver an exciting production that will keep our Luxor guests on the edge of their seats throughout each performance. The all-new illusions, state-of-the-art technology, live music, and more will make this a show fans won’t want to miss.”
Based on Angel’s hit TV show, MINDFREAK, which smashed records with more than 100 million viewers each season, MINDFREAK® LIVE! showcases 90 minutes of the most unbelievable, original and thrilling illusions ever performed on stage. Now performing Wednesday through Sunday at Luxor, tickets start at $49 (limited time offer) and can be purchased by calling 702-262-4400 or by visiting www.cirquedusoleil.com.
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ABOUT CRISS ANGEL:
For more than a decade, Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic as the biggest name on the planet. From his role as star, creator, executive producer and director of the most successful magic television series of all-time, Criss Angel MINDFREAK on A&E Network, to his countless critically acclaimed television specials and series, best-selling books, top-grossing retail products, music CDs and more, Angel is the most influential and imitated magician of the modern era.
His acclaimed series MINDFREAK on A&E is the most successful magic show in television history, resulting in more hours of magic during prime time than any other magic show ever. Angel’s most recent series, Criss Angel BeLIEve, premiered on Spike in October 2013 as Spike TV’s most-watched original series premiere in more than 18 months. In November 2013, Endemol, the world’s largest independent production and distribution company, announced that it had acquired the international television distribution rights (outside of North America) to the series, and now the show is seen in over 100 countries worldwide.
Angel is also the most watched magician in Internet history—a YouTube sensation. His “Walk on Water” clip has generated over 60 million views alone, and all of his clips combined have generated more than 300 million views. Angel also has the largest social media following of any illusionist, with 6 million followers.
This October he is back home on A&E with a vengeance in his latest television special, TR!CK'D. Performing ground-breaking illusions with a brand new, in-your-face approach with the likes of Paris Jackson, Steve Aoki, Paige Van Zant, Gary Oldman, Miles Brown and more .
For more information, visit CrissAngel.com or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CrissAngel.