Criss Angel aims to enchant and delight with ‘The Supernaturalists’

By Robin Leach (contact)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 4 p.m.
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Landon Swank
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“Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel is about to make new magic by appearing in two casinos 2,500 miles apart simultaneously for his new show “The Supernaturalists.” It premieres June 23 at Foxwoods resort in Connecticut with a four-week run before setting out on a national and world tour.

Criss has signed up nine mind-blowing illusionists to destroy reality and revolutionize the live magic ensemble experience.

“My goal is to redefine magic touring like Cirque du Soleil did for the circus. Our lineup is truly historic with not only original illusions but also revolutionary ones. I scoured the globe for the very best performers each in their respected disciplines.”

His unprecedented world-class cast includes illusionist Landon Swank, who moved to Las Vegas after high school from his Alaska home to pursue the dream of magic. He was featured on 10 episodes of “America’s Got Talent” before reaching the finals.

Criss also has picked the femme fatale of legerdemain, Krystyn Lambert, who appeared with him in Cirque’s “Believe” at Luxor and 10 episodes of the A&E series “Believe” now seen in 103 countries. The Amazing Johnathan’s zany, decade-long foil Fifi, aka The Joker, also is on the tour.

Other magicians include South African mentalist Banachek, escape artist Spencer Horsman, card manipulator Stefan Vanel from “Crazy Horse Paris” formerly at MGM Grand, street magician Adrian Vega from Spain and Colombia’s dog conjuror Johnny Dominguez.

“Believe” co-star The Great Maestro from Mexico, who has appeared with Criss in more than 2,500 performances at Luxor and on “Mindfreak,” also will do double duty. He’ll continue with his hilarious appearances in “Believe” 10 times a week at Luxor and using teleportation will perform on tour in “The Supernaturalists.”

How will Criss juggle “Believe” at Luxor and “The Supernaturalists”?

“I am overseeing every detail and will personally be part of each performance via live video feed from Las Vegas. But I will also make surprise, random personal appearances. My name and reputation are on the line in my promise that ‘The Supernaturalists’ will amuse, amaze, surprise, enchant and delight everybody who comes.”

Criss celebrates the seventh anniversary of “Believe” on Halloween at the Luxor, which is performed Wednesdays through Sundays with eight to 10 shows per week. With more than 2,500 performances, Criss has the top-selling magic show in the world. His “Walk on Water” YouTube clip with more than 50 million has made him the most-watched magician in online history.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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