Quick hits: Angel buys Burton illusions, Harris brings celebrity, Jacko wants to float, Whitcomb admits hoax

March 10th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under Criss Angel, David Blaine, General

As we’ve said before, we loves us some bullet points:

  • Robin Leach reported about Criss Angel’s latest award and his plans for season five of Mindfreak. But L.A. Times columnist Richard Abowits writes that Angel has also bought two illusions from Lance Burton’s warehouse. People in the know said Angel bought them most likely for onstage use in an upcoming show. Abowitz suggests that is a common practice that Angel promised to avoid. Abowitz, like other columnists, is clearly keeping the heat on Angel.
  • iTricks’ Justin Robert Young gives credit to Neil Patrick Harris for creating a celebrity buzz around a magic event, based off this favorable blog entry.
  • Take this one with a grain of salt, because it comes from The Sun, the very media outlet fooled by Andrew Mayne’s Ghost Vision. But The Sun’s Gordon Smart suggests that Michael Jackson wants to emulate David Blaine by levitating over the stage. “He wants to use some technical effects that have never been seen before,” said his concert promoter. Hey, it seems to be working for Britney Spears.
  • Dodd Vickers of The Magic Newswire found the report where a magician owns up to a hoax. Wade Whitcomb, who claimed to have shipped himself to Las Vegas, admits the whole thing was an elaborate hoax. The confession comes after an FBI investigation; Whitcomb told agents that the whole thing was all a setup.


  1. think its possible whitcomb may have said its a hoax so he doesnt get arrested. either way he now has more publicity.

  2. Michael Jackson has a very creative mind, if this is true this sounds great. For those who don’t know Michael Jackson designed the lean effect when he performed Smooth Crimnal on stage.

  3. MISDIRECT: That was my favorite part of the video. Went perfectly with the music. But did he really create it?

  4. No, he didn’t invent it. Haven’t you ever seen the Wizard of Oz? The tin man invented it!