Ethan Miller/Getty Images Home entertainment executives signed up with Criss Angel onstage at Planet Hollywood Saturday night, from left: Dave Baram, Angel, Mark Maluso, Sheri Pucci Sosa, Brian Becker and Jason Gastwirth.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019|8:30 a.m.
On a sports-heavy Saturday night when 40-year-old boxing legend Manny Pacquiao proved he was still a force to be considered at MGM Grand and the Vegas Golden Knights topped the Pittsburgh Penguins at T-Mobile Arena powered by a hat technique from fan preferred Jonathan Marchessault, Criss Angel presented the grand opening performance of his upgraded, illusion-filled “Mindfreak” show while celebrities like Oscar winner Gary Oldman, “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott, Raiders owner Mark Davis and Vegas legends Wayne Newton, Carrot Top and Lance Burton cheered him on.
So it enters Las Vegas in 2019, another extension of an era of entertainment without equivalent. The Strip’s offerings continue to broaden and diversify, and the 51-year-old, New York-born magician continues to develop his own unique universe there, now returning house to the place where he recorded the early editions of his “Mindfreak” TV show at World Hollywood.
Before the packed-house efficiency, the rechristened Criss Angel Theater hosted a red carpet reception and more celeb friends and fans, including Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, UFC icon Randy Couture, rap artist and TV character Taste Flav (who leaped out of his seat enthusiastically to praise numerous times) and “Vanderpump Rules” reality star Lala Kent (who was called onstage during the weird section where Angel cuts a woman in half). Jonathan Davis and Dee Snider (of Twisted Swister) contributed music and videos to the program, a visual feast that jams the theater and phase with customized, cutting-edge technology and impacts, absolutely transforming the mezzanine-level theater and creating a fully immersive experience for the audience.
The show features Angel’s greatest hits impressions, consisting of one of his oldest techniques, the “black star” sleight-of-hand regimen; a strait jacket escape carried out while hanging above the audience; the mystifying manifestation of one of his motorbikes out of no place; and the signature and still mind-boggling levitation routine. Angel also displayed numerous new segments and illusions, discussing from the stage at the end of the show that only now has he had the ability to completely show his vision in his own Las Vegas production. Angel formerly carried out for 10 years at Luxor in an effective partnership with Cirque du Soleil.
” Mindfreak is a show created to overload the senses and I would not have had the ability to create such a ridiculous, significant production without the amazing work of the entire Mindfreak group, the best partners in business, loved ones everywhere, and of course my devoted fans,” he stated later at night.
Angel marvelled onstage by executives from Caesars Home entertainment and Base Entertainment, co-producers of the program, who amazed him with a $10,000 contribution to the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, established by Angel in the name of his 4-year-old child who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and is presently in remission. He likewise joined his papa onstage, who happily told the audience that Johnny got what should be his last chemotherapy treatment a couple months earlier. Angel also teased an event later on this year in which he intends to raise $5 million in one night to fight pediatric cancer.