Criss Angel was born on December 19, 1967, in New York City. He is an award-winning American magician and illusionist. He is most known for collaborating with Cirque du Soleil on the live performance illusion show “Criss Angel Believe” at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. A vocalist, he is one of the world’s most successful magicians. He did his first show when he was 12 years old. When he was a teenager, he was immensely influenced by the famed magician Harry Houdini. Let’s celebrate this awesome personality on his birthday.
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos
December 19, 1967
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos was born in New York on December 19, 1967, to Dimitra and John Sarantakos. Of Greek descent, his father managed a profitable doughnut shop and restaurant. When he was seven years old, one of his aunts taught him a card trick, which piqued his interest in magic. He began practicing magic tricks until he quickly mastered a number of them. At the age of 12, he performed his magic tricks at a birthday celebration.
In 1994, he made his first appearance on television in “Secrets.” Angel also collaborated with film director Clive Barker on the film “Lord of Illusions.” In 2001, he began performing in the stage production “Criss Angel Mindfreak” at the World Underground Theater doing over 600 performances between 2001 and 2003. In 2003, SciFi Channel aired his television show “Supernatural.” Turning “Criss Angel Mindfreak” into a television show in 2005, Angel “walked” on water, “split a lady in half” in a public park, and “flew above” the Valley of Fire. He enjoyed international celebrity status after the show’s success until it ended in 2010. Angel teamed up with Cirque du Soleil in 2006 to produce the stage performance “Criss Angel Believe,” which became the world’s best-selling live magic show in 2008. He is also a singer who has performed with the heavy metal band Angel. He composed the music for his television show “Mindfreak.”
Angel married JoAnn Winkhart in 2002 but they filed for divorce in 2006. He has been married to Shaunyl Benson since 2012; they have three children. Angel founded the Believe Foundation whose motto is “Believe Anything is Possible.” In 2007, he received the foundation’s Chris Greicius Celebrity Award. Angel’s commercial interests are estimated at $70 million per year since 2016.
His debut appearance on television is in the one-hour A.B.C. primetime spectacular “Secrets.”
Angel works with Clive Barker in the film “Lord of Illusions.”
He appears in a movie titled “The Science of Magic.”
SciFi Channel airs his one-hour television show “Supernatural” where he crawls over buildings, pierces his flesh with a quarter, and has alien animals erupt from his chest.
Angel turns his stage presentation “Criss Angel: Mindfreak” into a network show performing magic tricks like walking on water and splitting a lady in half.
Angel teams up with Cirque du Soleil in 2006 to produce the stage performance “Criss Angel Believe” at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, soon becoming the world’s best-selling live magic show.
Why We Love Criss Angel
His tricks are mind-blowing
With Angel, you can not predict what he is about to do. His magic is always extreme, leaving you in awe of his talent. He does much more than what you expect him to do and he is very good at it.
He is down-to-earth
Angel’s simplicity is quite the opposite of his characterization in performances. He is humble and down-to-earth. Although his shows are amazing, he does not at all feel self-important.
The “secrets” behind his magic tricks
Angel does not act as if he had it all. He is known to reveal the “secrets” behind his magic tricks. His revelations are as entertaining as his tricks.
5 Surprising Facts
He was once paid a pittance
He was once paid $10 for his first show.
He once dated Hefner’s girl
Angel dated Holly Madison, the former girlfriend of “Playboy” founder Hugh Hefner.
The name “Beli” was tattooed on Angel’s chest; she was an ex-girlfriend whose full name is Belina Peregrin Schull.
His son battled leukemia
His eldest son Johnny’s leukemia (diagnosed in 2015) is in remission.
Angel wrote a book
He is the author of “Mindfreak: Secret Revelations,” which was released in 2007.
Criss Angel FAQs
Does Criss Angel love animals?
Yes, Angel certainly loves animals.
Does Criss Angel have a twin brother?
No, but Angel has two older brothers.
Where does Criss Angel live?
Angel lives in Henderson on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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