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Criss Angel premieres new show in Las Vegas

22 Jan 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- On Saturday, 19 January, world-renowned illusionist Criss Angel marked his return to his original Las Vegas home by celebrating the highly-anticipated grand opening of Criss Angel MINDFREAK, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Debuting never-before-seen sequences – including 75 of Angel's iconic signature illusions – the state-of-the-art theatrical production featured countless fully immersive special effects, transporting audience members into Angel's mystical world of MINDFREAK. Additionally, The Criss Angel Theater welcomed guests to Las Vegas' first high-tech experiential lobby with cutting-edge interactive elements, and a fully reimagined stage outfitted with the most sophisticated technological production the world of entertainment has ever seen. The visual feast includes more than 500 million pixels of video on over 90 surfaces, more lights than any show on the planet, custom-made fire & pyrotechnic effects, and advanced 3-D holographic and immersive technology.

The evening began with a star-studded red carpet to commemorate the monumental reveal and welcome MINDFREAK to Planet Hollywood. Angel's family, celebrity friends, guests and colleagues were seen sharing their excitement and posing for photos ahead of showtime, including Gary Oldman, Academy-Award winning actor, Jonathan Davis, lead vocalist and front man for KORN, Lance Burton, renowned magician and former Las Vegas headliner, Vegas legend Wayne Newton, celebrated performer and Las Vegas headliner, Jonathan & Drew Scott, stars of Property Brothers on HGTV, Mark Davis, owner and managing general partner of the Oakland Raiders, Randy Couture, TV personality and 6X UFC Champion, Flavor Flav, rapper and television personality, Kevin Olusola, beatboxer/bass for Pentatonix, Lita Ford, former lead guitarist for the Runaways, Carrot Top, stand-up comedian and Las Vegas headliner, Lala Kent, star of Vanderpump Rules, Randall Emmett, film and television producer, DJ Paul, founding member of Three 6 Mafia, Paul Kemsley, property developer and television personality, Jeff Timmons, founding member of 98 Degrees, and Mike Hammer, Las Vegas comedian and magician.

Following Angel's 15-years-in-the-making signature levitation finale – hailed by his peers as the greatest illusion of all time – and multiple standing ovations, Angel was met on stage by executives from Caesars Entertainment and BASE Entertainment who surprised him with a $10,000 donation to Angel's Johnny Crisstopher Children's Charitable Foundation. After reveling in the excitement, guests were treated to a private after party thrown for Angel by Robert Earl, Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood, where they sipped on libations, danced to beats by DJ Josh Bliss, and congratulated Angel for the evening's overwhelming success. Named "#1 Magician on the Planet" by the Las Vegas Sun, Angel thanked those who attended and continued to enjoy the gala saying, "Opening MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood has been a conceptual dream for 20 years and I'm so honored to experience this journey alongside those who have supported me from the start. MINDFREAK is a show designed to overload the senses and I would not have been able to create such an insane, monumental production without the incredible work of the entire MINDFREAK team, the best partners in the business, friends and family far and wide, and of course my loyal fans."

The Criss Angel MINDFREAK residency performs in the Criss Angel Theater, Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. with select dates including an additional performance at 9:30 p.m.
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