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Monday, November 3, 2008

I’ve Always Hated Criss Angel…

posted by on November 3 at 11:49 AM


…and today the Los Angeles Times came out on my side, giving an extravagantly negative review to Criss Angel: Believe, “the gloomy, gothic muddle of a show that officially lurched into being on Halloween night like some patched-together Frankenstein’s monster.”

“Believe’s” framing device is that Angel accidentally receives a 6-million-volt jolt of electricity that fries off most of his face (a spectacle captured by an ever-present video camera). This propels him into deep hallucinatory space where our Siegfriedian hero must confront demons and angels that stalk his imagination.

These include a sinister troupe of dancing rabbits who, in one early sequence, tear Angel’s parboiled “corpse” apart and dance, exultantly hoisting his severed limbs and torso. In a later scenario Angel gets sliced in half with an electric blade, his oozing intestines visible through the smoky atmospherics.

Cirque du Soleil helps Angel with the theatrics, but it’s not much help:

[W]hile Cirque’s poetic imagery at its best can leave you rubbing your eyes and holding your breath, spectators here are more likely to find themselves stifling a yawn or wincing with embarrassment.

Read the whole thing here.

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Agreed. THis guy is a tool. He reminds me of that shmuck Mystery on "the pick-up artist".

Posted by rotten666 | November 3, 2008 12:13 PM

I hate that smug, self-absorbed bastard too.

Posted by TVDinner | November 3, 2008 12:16 PM

After reading that review, I have to make plans to see this show. If Ed Wood could have produced a show in Vegas in the 21st Century with an insanely huge budget, it probably would have looked a lot like this one. I can't not see a disaster of this magnitude.

Posted by whatevernevermind | November 3, 2008 12:29 PM

Comparing any human being to Mystery is way too harsh, even for this douche bag "magician" but this pic makes me thinks he should take off his shirt more often. Hell, give me some scissors, a bag, and a ball gag and it looks like I could have all kinds of fun with him. But that's just me...

Posted by LogopolisMike | November 3, 2008 12:30 PM

I don't know who he is, but he's awfully purty.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 3, 2008 12:35 PM

who is chris angel?

Posted by max solomon | November 3, 2008 1:33 PM

King of the Douches

Posted by michael strangeways | November 3, 2008 2:03 PM

Saw this debacle last month. I'd been forewarned that I'd be witnessing a train wreck. I did and it is.

Criss Angel spends a good amount of time onstage with his shirt off. That was the best he had to offer.

Posted by thirsty | November 3, 2008 3:21 PM

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