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Topic: Reader Reviews: More Disappointment With Criss Angel
Message: Posted by: RileyG (Jan 10, 2009 02:19PM)
http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/elfman/Reader_Reviews_More_Disappointment_With_Criss_Angel.html

Reader Reviews: More Disappointment With Criss Angel
Posted by Doug Elfman
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at 11:31 AM
READER MAIL FROM PAUL

Mr. Elfman,

I had the pleasure of seeing "Believe" at Luxor this weekend, and I must say, your review of the show was lacking. Clearly, you didn't use enough R's in "terrrrrible." Of course, when faced with the unprecedented tragedy that was the show, you did the best you could.

Oh yes, we definitely had comps. I can only hope the entire place was comped. Although I think I would have paid to see it. How often do you get to see the show that 1) killed theater, 2) ended Cirque and 3) will be talked about for decades in terms of, "Oh yeah. THAT show."

Do you think we'll ever see the ad tag line reading, "Worst night in theater since April 1865!"?

Other reviews from our group were, "Like watching the Twin Towers fall, but without all the laughs," "Like the Titanic, Hindenburg and Pearl Harbor all rolled into one, but more tragic," and "The biggest trick of the night was watching his fan base disappear."

Oh, god, those poor dancers. I hope none of them left good gigs for this thing.

My friend guessed there's more psychotherapists working this show that massage therapists.

- Paul

ELFMAN NOTE: My original review is here:
http://www.lvrj.com/news/33740174.html
And my preview story where I interviewed angry Angel fans is here:
http://www.lvrj.com/news/29875759.html

READER MAIL FROM TYLER

Just read your review and I wish I had read it before I went and saw it. I saw it on January 3rd. I was excited to see it, and to say I was disappointed, would just put it mildly. Its my 4th show in Vegas and BY FAR the worste I have ever seen. 3 out of the 7 who went fell asleep. Just glad I got the military discount.

-Tyler
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 10, 2009 04:44PM)
I am glad to see everyone reveling in the failure of another. It borders on sickness.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 11, 2009 06:35PM)
Sorry Danny ... It's KARMA! Just face it :)
Criss said a lot of bad and threatening things about others ... Now it's Their turn :)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 11, 2009 06:40PM)
So where does your and Jim's Karma come into play Slim? Careful about throwing around concepts like Karma, they are a double edged blade.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 11, 2009 06:44PM)
OK ... MR. PERFECT ... YOU WIN :)
(Part of our Karmetic reward is watching this Train Wreck)
Message: Posted by: longhaired1 (Jan 12, 2009 12:10AM)
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On 2009-01-10 17:44, Dannydoyle wrote:
I am glad to see everyone reveling in the failure of another. It borders on sickness.
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While there are certainly Café members reveling in this situation, the forum is called Magicians in the Media. I for one would like to see every review of Angel's show posted (or referenced) here, regardless of the motives of the person posting them. That goes for the positive reviews as well. I wish we were seeing more of the positive ones, but it would appear that the ratio of positive to negative is an accurate reflection of what is happening with a magician in the media.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 12, 2009 07:32AM)
Don't get me wrong. I fully beleive the show is not good. I can buy the idea of him leaving. I just think it is sick, bordering on patheticlly jealous to be happy about it and find ever single article about it negative possible and put them here in some vain attempt to feel better about themself.

It really takes pathetic to a new level, and only 3 or so do it any more. Criss is what he is, and everyone either has ideas one way or the other. To publicaly revel in an aparant failure, and then claim KARMA is catching up with him, again shows a level of pathetic really.

Heck I don't know Criss or have a dog in the fight. I could not stand to watch season 1 of Mindfreak let alone any more. I thought he was terrible when these guys were cheerleading him like a bunch of 15 year old girls with a crush.

But I don't find pleasure in his failure. It is not good for anyone.
Message: Posted by: Randwill (Jan 12, 2009 09:25AM)
Criss may be a bad guy and by most accounts the show sucks. But he is still, for better or worse, a top performer in the world of magic. He has made a lot of money doing what he loves and his girlfriend is hot. If he has his health, I'd say Karma has been pretty good to him. Except there is no such thing as Karma.

Randwill
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Jan 12, 2009 03:30PM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-11 19:44, Psychic Samurai wrote:
OK ... MR. PERFECT ... YOU WIN :)
(Part of our Karmetic reward is watching this Train Wreck)
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You call THAT a reward?!? More like an unendurable torture to me...
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Jan 13, 2009 05:19PM)
As you said ... No Dog in the Fight :)
Message: Posted by: RileyG (Jan 13, 2009 06:06PM)
I still say that Jeff McBride would be a far better fit in the shows that Cirque du Soleil produces...
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Jan 13, 2009 06:48PM)
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On 2009-01-13 19:06, RileyG wrote:
I still say that Jeff McBride would be a far better fit in the shows that Cirque du Soleil produces...
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Absolutely 100% correct.

From what I have seen, Believe seems to be a lot different than anything cirque has done. It seems less artisitic.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jan 13, 2009 07:44PM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-13 19:48, Matthew W wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-01-13 19:06, RileyG wrote:
I still say that Jeff McBride would be a far better fit in the shows that Cirque du Soleil produces...
[/quote]

Absolutely 100% correct.

From what I have seen, Believe seems to be a lot different than anything cirque has done. It seems less artisitic.
[/quote]

Wow was this a compliment? I hope not.

Have you seen the show? Or any Cirque' show for that matter live? If not how can you make such a statement?