From the age of six, Criss Angel has immersed himself in a multitude of art forms, from performance artist and musician to mystfier and provocateur. His voracious quest for creativity and his relentless work ethic, propelled by enormous talent, groundbreaking skill and vision, have culminated in one of the most provocative artists of our day. From his role as creator, executive producer and director of his hugely successful A&E television series "Criss Angel MindFreak," star of and contributor to countless television specials, books, music albums and more - Criss has redefined the term "Artist" for the 21st Century.
Criss Angel has performed in more hours of primetime television than any other magician in history. With now over hundred episodes produced and aired, "Criss Angel MindFreak" is about to begin production on its record-breaking 6th season to the great anticipation and delight of millions of devoted weekly viewers in the U.S. and over 65 countries worldwide.
Simultaneously, Criss has also partnered with Cirque Du Soleil and MGM/Mirage on his extraordinary live show "Criss Angel BeLIEve". More of an event than a show, BeLIEve is scheduled to be performed live 10 times a week for the next 10 years at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Prior to BeLIEve, Criss' off-Broadway show, Criss Angel MINDFREAK, recorded the higher advance tickets sales during its fourteen month/600 performance run than any other off-Broadway show.
Completing something of a superstar trifecta, Criss' first book, Criss Angel MINDFREAK: Secret Revelations (HarperCollins), was a LA TIMES bestseller, and is now in its third printing.
Criss has also received numerous awards throughout his career. He has been named Magician of the Year an unprecedented five times, far more than any other magician. And most recently, Criss was named the first time ever Magician of the Decade by the International Magicians Society. Criss was also unanimously selected as the recipient of the 22nd Louie Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Magic. Criss is also an accomplished musician having produced and performed on five self-titled CDs, has appeared in arenas coast-to-coast including a sold-out run Madison Square Garden, and broke all-time attendance records during his appearance at Borders Books and Music. In 2008, Criss was named by the Make-A-Wish foundation as the celebrity who has done more for its organization than any other celebrity.
Without a doubt, Criss Angel is the primary force behind the recent resurgence of Magic in popular culture.