Magician Criss Angel in New Cirque Show


(AP Photo/The Las Vegas Sun, Richard Brian) :: Criss Angel, the long-haired, punkymagician whose "Mindfreak" show is shooting its third season for the A&E cable television network, poses for a photo with Daniel Lamarre, left, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, and FelixRappaport, president and COO of Luxor Resort and Casino, Thursday, March 22, 2007, during a news conference in Las Vegas. Angel will team up with Cirque du Soleil on its sixth permanent show on the Las Vegas Strip, it was announced Thursday. The show will start in the summer of 2008 at the Luxor, the pyramid-shapedhotel-casino where Angel has been filming some episodes of his show.


Updated: 3/22/2007

LAS VEGAS

Criss Angel, the punky magician whose ''Mindfreak'' show is shooting its third season for the A&E network, will team up with Cirque du Soleil on its sixth permanent show on the Las Vegas Strip, it was announced Thursday.

The show will start in summer 2008 at the Luxor, the pyramid-shaped hotel-casino where Angel has been filming some episodes of his show.

Angel said in a statement that he hoped the production would ''redefine magic in the same way Cirque du Soleil has redefined the circus.''

On the televised show, Angel has dressed up as a woman, performed card tricks, walked on water, been lit on fire and caught bullets with his teeth.

The Cirque show will add acrobatics, dance, puppetry, music and poetry and take audiences ''on a bizarre and fascinating journey,'' the statement said.

Director Serge Denoncourt described the live production as ''Criss in Wonderland.''

''He appears in a world he doesn't control and he has problems with girls, with giants, with evil,'' Denoncourt said. ''It's that kind of acid trip show. It's like being in Criss' head for two hours, which is something.''

A tornado will come out of the star's mouth in one illusion, Angel said.

''Mindfreak'' is A&E's No. 1 show among 18- to 45-year-olds and averages about 1.5 million viewers a week, said the show's executive producer, Dave Baram.

Luxor parent MGM Mirage Inc. will spend $75 million in preproduction costs, Luxor president Felix Rappaport said.

The show joins other Cirque productions on the Strip, ''Love,'' ''Ka,'' ''Zumanity,'' ''O'' and ''Mystere.'' A seventh Cirque show with an Elvis theme is planned at MGM Mirage Inc.'s $7 billion CityCenter. The megaresort, set to open in November 2009, is under construction at the center of the Strip.

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On the Net:

Criss Angel: http://www.crissangel.com

Cirque du Soleil: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com


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