Angel to critics: ‘Believe’ is real

December 14th, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under Criss Angel


Angel to critics: Believe is real

Photo courtesy Toronto Star

Criss Angel, in one of the first responses to critics of “Believe,” said snarky comments about he and new girlfriend Holly Madison don’t bug him nearly as much as comments about the realism of his show. He sat down with Richard Ouzounian, theater columnist for the Toronto Star, and said this:

“I’ve taken a lot of chances in my career and I’ve got the scars to prove it,” he asserts and – considering he’s wearing a leather vest and no shirt – it’s easy to see the validity of his point. “I’ve hung from four fishhooks stuck in my back from a helicopter in the past. And this show is insanely dangerous. I’m dealing with a wall of fire 30 feet wide and 15 feet high only 6 feet away from me. I could kill myself at every performance.”

Ouzounian writes his column poetically about Angel, but doesn’t reveal any new news about the confrontation between Cirque officials or the nature of the show’s upcoming break. But, Angel does say that, despite critics wondering whether Cirque and Mindfreak was a good combination, Angel knew it would be like Reese’s:

“I’ve been in awe of Cirque for years. When I saw ‘O,’ I was completely mesmerized. I felt more of a sense of magic there than I did at most conventional magic shows.”

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