We’re watching illusionist Criss Angel in his new A&E series Mind Freak and I have to admit he’s damned impressive. He does a lot of his stuff out in the real world surrounded by people and with no limits on what angle the camera can film him at. This is probably the most difficult way to pull off illusions, but he’s making it look easy.
David Blaine has also made a career out of street magic and has a decent levitation illusion, but Criss just pulled one off that makes David look like an amateur. David’s levitation trick has his feet appear to leave the ground by maybe 3 inches or so, but Criss manages to levitate himself up a good half-foot off the ground and then back down again or sometimes onto a chair or ledge. One of his attempts took him to the height of a doorway. He did this repeatedly in different situations including on an escalator where he rode all the way to the top without actually touching it. As one guy who witnessed it said, “David Blaine should kiss this guy’s ass!”
If you enjoy a good magician then be sure to check out Mind Freak on A&E. The half hour shows consist of a few small illusions and then one big one near the end. Very entertaining and sure to have the credulous claiming him as proof that he has paranormal powers.