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Topic: Was I the only one that missed this?
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Apr 10, 2008 11:35PM)

The thing that I took out of this is that Criss was not at all impressed with David only levitating 2 inches. For many people that is a lot more believable than floating over a tree, or from building to building, or whatever else. Less is more. Anywho I was disappointed to see Criss lowering himself to that level.
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Apr 11, 2008 12:28AM)
Demoted... another level.




I'll write more, but I have to go take a Criss Angel.

Be back in a flush...
Message: Posted by: Drakmor Kain (Apr 11, 2008 12:28AM)
Is it just me or did Criss not sound less like Blaine's soft spoken/little depressed or something voice, and more like he had just smoked a -lot- of pot?
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Apr 11, 2008 12:31AM)
I thought someone was trying to make fun of Criss Angel...
Message: Posted by: Drakmor Kain (Apr 11, 2008 03:38AM)
That would be this:


(Though I'm fairly sure there are better ones, it was the first one I found.)
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 11, 2008 05:57AM)
What else would you expect at this point?
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 11, 2008 06:26AM)
Heck CA according to TMZ and Perez Hilton (always sources of Credible info) have him getting someone pregnant and dumping them and other fun things - must be part of his new image of mental breast augmentations and the like (He'll claim he only mentally inserted - no paternaty tests for him!)
Message: Posted by: jasons_mind (Apr 11, 2008 07:00AM)
I believe he and his team have ran out of ideas. I still like Blaine, but I don't think there was ever a time when I really liked Angel. He's pretty much the scum of the earth.

Message: Posted by: jynx (Apr 11, 2008 10:47AM)
Did that episode air on tv? I have never seen that and I thought I have seen every mindfreak episode...
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Apr 11, 2008 12:36PM)
I don't know if it did or not. I stopped watching mindfreak sometime ago. I was actually watching something on youtube that was non magic related and just happened to see that clip.
Message: Posted by: DJM (Apr 11, 2008 12:55PM)
Here's a great Criss Angel spoof, makes me laugh every time.


Oh wait, it's the real thing.
Message: Posted by: scarnecky (Apr 11, 2008 01:18PM)
I missed this..

Without being too much of an "Angel" basher- because I actually really like [b]angels[/b] [i](the real kind)[/i]. I am very surprised that "he" and "his" show even went that direction..

Seemed kind of pointless..

Message: Posted by: malkav (Apr 11, 2008 01:27PM)
On 2008-04-11 13:55, DJM wrote:
Here's a great Criss Angel spoof, makes me laugh every time.


Oh wait, it's the real thing.

I love that clip so much
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Apr 11, 2008 01:42PM)


You know I was watching a talk show and they were talking about David Cop-a- feel and one of the hosts said, " of course I can totally understand why he would rape someone, I mean, look at was the man does for a living... He's a magician... ( scough )"

That video had ... Molester all over it...

I am not bashing anybody, but for real.
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Apr 11, 2008 01:43PM)
I never saw that one DJM. That was tooooo funny. that's in my fav's now.
Message: Posted by: Virungan (Apr 11, 2008 03:59PM)
Criss Criss Criss...

I like the way that even when he attempts to be funny and imitate someone he STILL needs some paid off "Mindfreak Consultant" to come on and explain what he is doing and that he does it better than anyone else...

And that clip with the little girl.. the first couple of minutes where he is talking to her looks like a Public Service announcement ad to deter children from talking to strangers..

Deeply Creepy
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Apr 11, 2008 06:01PM)
On 2008-04-11 16:59, Virungan wrote:
Criss Criss Criss...

And that clip with the little girl.. the first couple of minutes where he is talking to her looks like a Public Service announcement ad to deter children from talking to strangers..

Deeply Creepy

:) Yeah that did kind of give off a weird vibe.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Apr 11, 2008 06:24PM)
Can I try something with your daughter ..... Ahhh NO!
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Apr 11, 2008 07:18PM)
I bet it wasnt planned at all that an 8 year old would be wearing a Criss Angel necklace.
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Apr 11, 2008 07:53PM)

Now its Jay Sankey turn to poke at Criss Love this one.
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Apr 11, 2008 08:29PM)
I guess those rumors I heard about Sankey joining the Angel crew was not true then huh?

I am a fan of these my self.



Message: Posted by: will4gzus (Apr 11, 2008 08:32PM)
Jay is spot on with this video. It is just too funny. You just have to love the last credit, "Dedicated to real magicians everywhere". Do yourself a favor, if you have not yet viewed the youtube video above, check it out, hilarious!
Message: Posted by: Gerry Hennessey (Apr 11, 2008 11:40PM)
Jay, you da man!

Message: Posted by: Virungan (Apr 12, 2008 02:34AM)
Now that was funny... Clearly he is not part of TEAM ANGEL...

Those Mindfreak Consultants always remind me of a bit the late great Bill Hicks used to do about celebrities who do Diet Coke commercials...

Anyone who knew Bill's material would know the line I'm referring to which is unprintable here... But there was an appropriate three word term he used to use..
Message: Posted by: Magicray69 (Aug 15, 2008 04:43AM)
Not only did Cris age that young girl to 18, he also caused her clothing, other than the jacket and hat to grow with her.

Message: Posted by: Dante_Ravenkin (Aug 23, 2008 06:44PM)
That video by Jay Sankey was awesome! As for Jay being a part of 'Team Angel' perhaps that vid was made after he left? Seems like an almost vengeful-but-theres-more-truth-than-we-realize kinda video.

It was a huge cheap shot for Angel to Bash Blaine though. What's next? Blasting Houdini, or Paul Harris?
Message: Posted by: tgold65 (Aug 24, 2008 11:31PM)
I had not seen the 10 to 21 year old video before. I have two daughters, 11 and 13, and there is no way in hell that I would let that guy get close to them. There is something sick in that entire routine.

The question really wasn't if the little girl wanted to see herself at 21, but that Criss Angel wanted to see her at 21. That entire routine has child molester all over it.

A very sick man.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 28, 2008 10:34AM)
There has been a virulent rivalry between Criss Angel and David Blaine ever since that first Blaine special. It's a pity, really, because David did something that Criss has not been able to do. He took a term which applied to one the oldest forms of magic and made it apply to what he did. Whether you like David Blaine or not, he achieved one thing few of us ever do. He defined a form of magic. He walked into a meeting of television network executives, laid a self-produced, crude video on them and sold them on it.

Why did David do this? It's hard to say. According to one of my friends who has been involved with David's subsequent specials, DB had been shunned by both of the major lunchtime groups in New York, and he wanted to do something none of them had the chutzpeh to do.

He did it. And that ticked them off, because in that single moment, he had proven that a person with enough drive can have what it takes to become famous.

Criss was doing an illusion show at the time. It had some really nice moments in it. He resented David's fame, and wanted to build on it. And that spells disaster for a person's inner being.

Doug Henning got famous because he had something different. David Copperfield did the same thing. So did Blaine.

But since the mass exodus of the brains and soul of his show, Angel really doesn't have it any more.

When Johnny Thompson says that Criss' acting in this segment is some of the best he has seen, I have to say that Johhny is doing some of the best acting I have seen!

When Criss finally goes back to the theatre and stays there, he will be better and so will magic.

Message: Posted by: Dante_Ravenkin (Aug 28, 2008 05:18PM)
Bill.... that was probably the most insightful, and intelligent thing I've read yet. Now I don't feel so bad for being a fan of David Blaine.... :P
Message: Posted by: inhumaninferno (Aug 28, 2008 06:05PM)
Who The Hell Are You?

Listen up unknowns, Blaine...Angel...et al---are on TV and/or doing the BIG shows. The public knows who they are.

So, that makes 'em a target. Unfortunately, too many in the magic fraternity try to build themselves up by attempting to take down the big names in public. (like this forum, for instance-kinda sorta.)

When you do this, it makes you look and sound like a whiny weasel. Ya like 'em, ya don't like 'em. BFD. No body really cares about your little opinion. They got more dough, pull and fame than most of us will ever get.

So, go ahead and try to get a little attention by burning the ones at the top of the heap. It will be fleeting.

Me, regardless of my opinion of the BIG NAMES in the biz, when someone asks my opinion of them...I simply say, "don't know much about them, but their success rocks." (or something like that-you get the drift.) Then I go about my biz of entertaining, socializing or what have you.

There Ya Go,


P.S. Hope to get to meet ya Bill when I relocate to Galveston. Cheers
Message: Posted by: MagicBrent (Sep 1, 2008 08:07PM)
I find this video irritating, and yet I can relate. I know that any trick I do, everyone says, "Yeah, but have you seen David Blaine?" and it may even be the same trick or genre. It's interesting to me that even a professional such as Criss would have a need to fight the comparison. Blaine started a niche...
Message: Posted by: Cyberqat (Sep 2, 2008 05:05PM)
Well, I thought Sankey's video was a hoot, and it speaks right to something that has really bothered me...

Big name magicians breaking the "code of TV" and taking advantage of the technical limitations to pull off stunts they could never do in person.

I was a pretty big fan of Copperfield in high school. His theatrical approach was what I always wished I could do. Then, he thoroughly disappointed me with the ridiculous Grand Canyon levitation. I suppose he was a victim of his own success and the need to "out-do himself", but my hero fell off his pedestal hard that night.