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M Sini
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I was in Vegas a few weeks ago and ALMOST went to the show. My friends were the ones that really wanted to go. I won't say I talked them out of it but I was glad when we all decided to go down to Fremont Street and have some fun instead. After all I've heard about this show, I was afraid they would be disappointed.

I did see Copperfield while I was in town though. While he hasn't changed much over the years, the crowd (including me) still enjoyed the show.
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On 2009-01-07 01:14, 007mystic wrote:
...Several times during the show he would yell I'm Chris Angel, and the show would not go on until the audiance reacted, often after several prompts from him...


I'm gonna start yelling my name during my shows, until the audience reacts.
Sounds like a real good idea.
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There is word floating about Las Vegas that,
Either Angel will be leaving and David Darkstone may take the helm,
or Cirque will be leaving, with Chris holding the bag (and show).
Only time will tell, I suppose…

Magically,
Walt
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On 2009-01-08 17:50, SpellbinderEntertainment wrote:
There is word floating about Las Vegas that...
...Cirque will be leaving, with Chris holding the bag (and show)...


That might actually be a good idea. Like someone else who posted above, I too enjoyed pre-fame and pre-Mindfreak Criss Angel - when he was dark, goth, and (I'm assuming) himself. Maybe such a transition would let Criss return to being himself... the production would be more about magic and Criss, and less about "art" which is trying to hard to be "art". Maybe there is hope for the show.
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The strangest thing is, in my opinion, that Cirque does not want to invest in magic. They are without a doubt the best in creating spectaculair shows. But magic is a very specific field. You have to have a lot of knowledge about illusions. I have talked with a couple of people from Cirque and they all are certain that you don't have to know as much of the secrets as possible to make a great illusion show... So people still appear from holes in the ground instead of Sphinxtables etc because they don't seem to know how you can achieve that. cirque could benefit a lot from one consultant who teaches their special effects people in secrets of magic and illusions... I am still available.. Lol. ;-)
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I believe it was Kooza, in that show they used a few illusions including a very well presented DeKolta Chair
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Much stage “Magic” is not Magical in nature…
And many stage shows are “Magical” without having stage-magic in them…

Cirque has always had a magical feel, but not a lot of “magic”
Angel has always had a handle on “magic” but is sometimes not very magical in feel.

Therefore, it’s a huge leap to try to seamlessly blend and meld
The Cirque “Magical” with the Angel “Magic”
…and they seem to have never agreed on what those terms meant to them.

Sometimes, and this sounds like an instance,
the Magical can distort the Magic in a show,
or the Magic can dull the Magical feeling in a show.
Tricky (no pun intended) business.

At their very best Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride can truly
“make their magic truly magical” and make you believe in magic as you did as a child.

But, it’s a tough theatrical road to walk,
and a rough thing to balance.

Confused?
(me too)
Walt
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David Darkstone taking over for Criss Angle is just a rumor.... The journalist in Vegas who wrote this deal has a beef with Criss. It goes back about eight months ago when he claimed that he was going to punch out his other eye.... It's now pay back time since this guy has controll of the paper.

I would be truely shocked if David Darkstone took over for this show.... In fact I think that he has a better chance winning the Loto than getting a gig of this nature..
Ps" I'm not a fan of Criss Angle .... In fact I've never heard a good thing about the guy...
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