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#1 Posted on 16.7.02 1144.19 Reposted on: 16.7.09 1147.50
For Immediate Release: July 16, 2002
SUBMERGED IN TIMES SQUARE CRISS ANGEL TO BE SUBMERGED UPSIDE DOWN IN A WATER TORTURE CELL FOR 24 HOURS AND FREE HIMSELF FROM SHACKLES WHEN AIR SUPPLY IS CUT OFF
NEW YORK - On Monday, August 26th, Criss Angel, his arms and legs secured in manacles by the NYPD will submerge himself in a water chamber for 24 hours, the first hour – upside down, as he sets out to challenge the late master of escape Harry Houdini. Unlike Houdini, who SUBMERGED himself for just minutes, Criss Angel will remain in the (6’x 24’’x 30’’) Water Torture Cell (named by Houdini himself) for 24 hours, without eating, sleeping or using the bathroom.
His only source of oxygen will be from 3/8’’ air tube, which will be pulled out of the tank at the 24th hour. At this point, to defy death, Angel will have to free himself from chains and shackles to escape the water torture cell before his last breath drowns out. Angel takes the lead of his predecessor and pays homage to Houdini in the first of two psycho dramatic escapes. Upon his success Angel will announce the second.
About fellow illusionist David Blaine, Angel says, “I can appreciate his achievements, but I honestly think the people would love to see who the true provocateur of the 21st century is – so I invite him to any challenge, anytime, anywhere, side by side!”
2001 Magician of the year Criss Angel has already completed more than 350 performances of CRISS ANGEL: MINDFREAK (at The World Underground Theatre on Broadway and 43rd Street) with rave reviews. “Remarkable And Entertaining!” The New York Times…”Utterly Captivating! Fresh, Seamless And Filled With Surprises! A Devilishly Clever, Magical Show!” The New York Post…”Fast-Paced And Fun! A Splashy Spectacle, Engaging And Eye Popping!” The New York Daily News …” Criss Angel would eat David Copperfield’s liver with a nice chianti; he would spit a bat’s head in David Blaine’s face and kick the ass of Doug Henning’s ghost.” Time Out New York
The Water Torture Cell, which will weigh over 1 ton and hold more than 220 gallons of water, will be on display Monday, August 19th at The World in Times Square (at Broadway and 43rd Street) and is open for inspection by the public.
#2 Posted on 16.7.02 1203.27 Reposted on: 16.7.09 1206.12
According to this page he's a songwriter and vocalist in addition to being an escapologist. Why wasn't escapologist a possible career result on those old California Achievement Tests?
He's also the winner of the Merlin Award, the "most prestigious award a magician can receive", the award "often referred to as the world of magic's Oscar." I know I always hear people referring to it as such!