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Did anyone hear Criss on the Howard Stern show this morning? He did a mentalism performance involving 5 VERY drunk strippers from Scores. The idea was that 2 of the girls had numbers written on their chests, and Criss was to identify the two girls that had the numbers written on them, and them identify the numbers. These girls were completely plastered and one of them blurted out “I have a number on my booby!!”, thus ruining part of Criss's effect. He successfully named the number though, and he also identified the second girl and her number as well. The numbers were 3 and 7...creating a two digit number of 37. I am not really into mentalism, but I did suspect the two digit number would end up being 37 for whatever reason.

Well, one other interesting thing occured. The loudest and probably most inebriated girl, Danielle, started to challenge Criss to do something that she had never seen. She actually said that the number prediction was “cliché”! The drunk girl then babbled something about seeing lots of other magicians, and then called Criss “David”! She then mentioned how David Blaine sat in some ice for three days. It was pretty funny. Criss didn't really acknowledge the David Blaine comments. He did step up to the challenge of the drunk girl - he produced a fork and did a quick metal-bending effect for her. She seemed genuinely impressed after that.
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I heard it. Overall that part of the show was a mess. The girls just kept talking over each other. I thougth Chris came off well espically in that situation.
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Agreed, the girls were obnoxiously drunk and made for an almost unlistenable segment. But I also agree that Criss handled the situation as well as he could have.
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Being someone who has performed on the Stern show I can say that it is a little surreal when you go in there and you have to be on your toes because Howard likes to throw curve balls at you. I didn't get a chance to hear the show but Criss is a New Yorker and he knows how to handle drunken strippers...lol
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I have to tell you, these girls were drunker than Gary had ever seen them. This at 6 in the morning. Criss did succeed and also succeeded in making one girls top fall off.
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Well put, Scott.
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Change is inevitable and yet always resisted. One can accept it or stick to the status quo.

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Scott Alexander, why do you say that?

I hate Stern as much as the next parent but the interface of a shock jock and a magician, even performing in ribald circumstances, doesn't diminish what you or I do or choose. For one thing, not everyone sees or hears that show, second, if cinema, theatre, rocknroll, are art, then how do we account for far more unseemly things in orbit around them?

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Brian,
You say that you hate Stern but wht is that? Do you listen to the show? Obviously not every parent hates him otherwise he would not be as successful as he is and have as many listeners as he does. He had me on his show and was nothing but nice to me, he even got me my spot on Ripley's. He is not like his persona when he is off camera, just like most performers. I also worked with Tom Green, and I was a bit hesitant because of what I knew of him, but when I did the show he was a very quite person off camera. You are totally intitiled to your opinion but I hope you aren't making it based on what the media hype has said.
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Well, I guess as the parent of a baby girl I'm chagrined about the foul things I've had the misfortune to see when I ran across his show on E! while channel surfing (now blocked that channel). I mean, to each his own, but... freakin' yuck. He's made the crass, the sick and the coarse his raison d'etre. It's just my opinion, thus I don't watch, or listen.
And note that above I was saying Criss Angel's presence in the stripperfest bacchanal of Stern didn't harm or kill magic. So I guess I'm in the middle.
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I just think that if he IS trying to present an(artistic/spiritual/mind/body/inner powers)
type of performance vibe... on the ARTS and Entertainment network, perhaps The Howard Stern Show is not the best place to promote his endeavors.
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Aren't we all publicity wh**es...lol
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