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BORN: December 19, 1967
BIRTHPLACE: Long Island, New York
ON WHOSAY SINCE: Feb 16, 2013
HOMETOWN: Long Island, New York
CURRENT LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada
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BIOGRAPHY

For over a decade, Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic as the biggest name on the planet. His visionary approach to the art escapes the confines of tradition and has given birth to a new breed of modern mysticism. Oprah Winfrey hailed, "Criss is the best, the best, the best!"

From his role as star, creator, Executive Producer and Director of his hugely successful A&E television series Criss Angel MINDFREAK, to his spectacular live show Criss Angel BeLIEve at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and star of and creator of countless television specials, books, music CD's and more - Criss has redefined the term "artist" for the 21st Century.

His acclaimed series MINDFREAK on A&E is the most successful magic show in television history, resulting in more hours of magic during prime time than any other magic show ever! It continues to be viewed regularly by more than 100 million viewers per season in over 90 countries. The broadcast of the live "Building Implosion" episode drew a crowd police estimated at about 50,000 to the venue in Clearwater, Florida - the largest crowd for any magician - rivaling Houdini.

Angel is also the most watched magician in Internet history - a YouTube sensation. His "Walk on Water" clip has generated over 43 million views alone, and all of his clips combined have generated nearly 200 million views. He has recently launched his own Criss Angel YouTube channel, and is posting exclusive content there frequently.

Simultaneously, Criss also partnered with Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International to serve as writer/director, illusion designer and star of his spectacular live show Criss Angel BeLIEve. A visual feast, with over 40 of the most unique and astonishing illusions, BeLIEve is performed live eight to ten shows per week and will continue its 10 year run through 2018 exclusively at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It has been the best-selling live magic show in the world since it opened. The Toronto Star raved, "The show is easily the most exciting thing now on stage in Vegas!" The BBC touted, "BeLIEve is A+, by far the most spectacular and amazing magic show in Vegas and I've seen them all," and Newsweek raves, "Criss Angel BeLIEve is a GREAT SHOW!"

Criss has recently partnered with IdeaVillage to distribute his successful high-quality magic product line on television, on-line and in 50,000 retail stores in the U.S.

In 2011, Criss' brand power continued to evolve when he was chosen to co-create and appear in a new commercial campaign for Orville Redenbacher's Pop Up Bowl. His casting proved to be a huge coup for the brand as the spot was the number one most recalled commercials during it’s campaign - topping Ford®, McDonald’s® and Kraft® Macaroni & Cheese - according to Nielsen

Angel’s book, Criss Angel MINDFREAK: Secret Revelations (Harper Collins), was a national bestseller and is now in its third printing. Criss is also an accomplished musician, having produced and performed on five self-titled CD's - which accompany all of his live performances and TV appearances.

Most recently, Criss launched his newest venture, MagicPlace.com, which is an extraordinary one-stop community for everything magic: unique and exclusive cutting-edge magic products, the latest in magic news, live broadcasts and tutorials, interviews with the industry leaders and more. His philosophy is simple, "Spreading Magic, Changing Lives!"

Criss has received numerous awards throughout his career. He was recently voted Best Magician in the Las Vegas Review Journal’s “2012 Best of Las Vegas.” He has been named Magician of the Year an unprecedented six times, including from The Magic Castle - far more than any other magician. He was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Elite Diamond Merlin Award. Criss was also presented with a lifetime achievement award, The World Magic Legacy Award "A Living Legend," at The World of Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. Additionally, Criss was recently named the first recipient of Magician of the Decade, as well as Magician of the Century and Innovator of the Decade. Criss received an International Magic Lifetime Achievement Award and was unanimously selected as the recipient of the 22nd Louie Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Magic.

Criss is tireless in his ongoing efforts to help children through his charitable foundation; BeLIEve Anything is Possible - A JDS Foundation. He has also received the Male Wish Granter of the Year Award and the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award as a result of his work and dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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