How would you recognize Criss Angel as an escapologist , a magician or a musician? Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, the real name has been taken over by his stage name – Criss Angel. He is an American of Greek descent born on December 19, 1967. He was raised up in East Meadow, New York. He has been greatly influenced by his father who believed that the mind controlled the body, that the body was a slave if you will to the mind.
His success toady can be appreciated as he began his performance as a magician from his teenage and got his pyrotechnics license at age 18. He possesses a 7th degree black belt besides a background in dance and gymnastics. He was able to manage for Criss’ Mindfreak show with the support of his friend Klay Scott with whom he performed in a band ‘AngelDust’.In 1998, Criss performed in World of Illusion at Madison Square Garden. His television appearances cover The Science of Magic, the ABC Family special Mindfreak, and the Sci-fi channel’s Supernatural. His biggest hit is Mindfreak television series on A&E channel.
He has achieved an unusual success by winning Merlin Magician of the Year award twice in 2001 and 2004. Apart from crossing all limits as a musician and magician, he holds the world records for longest time submerged underwater, fastest time to perform the Metamorphosis illusion and the fastest straight-jacket escape and the longest body suspension.
In his personal life, he has had relationships with high-profile celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears. He got divorced from Joanne Sarantakos in June. His upcoming performance is likely to be a new illusion-based Cirque du Soleil production titled Criss Angel: Believe 10th of next month. He strongly believes that magic is so much more than a cheap hokey novelty and it is s a beautiful art form that needs to be presented in a provocative popular culture way. He admits that he does all of his demonstrations for no one else but himself as an artist, an escape artist, as a magician.
We must remember “the world is a source of inspiration everyday” as a message of Criss Angel to all of us.