What do you really know about Criss Angel? He's one of the most famous magicians of our time, but Criss Angel's story is interesting outside of magic, too.
Here's the untold truth of Criss Angel.
Most magicians get their start as kids. After all, when you're a kid, adults are much more likely to applaud your efforts - even when they can tell that you just switched the cards behind your back.
But some kids are blessed with parents who support their interest long enough for them to cultivate some serious skills. Well, Criss Angel must have had some incredibly supportive parents, because he started practicing magic at the age of 7 and never gave up on it.
According to Biography, Angel, who was still called Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos back in those days, first became interested in magic after his aunt showed him a card trick. He later said he was drawn to the "incredible sense of power, that an adult didn't understand how it worked, but I did."
Angel practiced until he had enough material for a whole show. By the age of 12, he was all ready for his first performance. He even collected a ten dollar fee for his services. So what's the takeaway here? Criss Angel became a magician because he liked having power over people, and he was pretty much always in it for the money. Basically, he was already living the American dream before he even hit puberty.
Watch the video for more of The Truth About Criss Angel!
A boy and his magic | 0:16
Criss Angel, the teenage mage | 1:23
His parents weren't pleased | 2:14
His rockstar dreams | 3:02
Magicians occasionally reveals their secrets | 4:19
What can't this Mindfreak do? | 5:22
He's a bad boy. He swears. | 6:21
A very bad boy, indeed | 7:39
Ice Cube vs. Criss Angel | 8:03
Magician of the century? | 8:48
His son's leukemia diagnosis | 9:41
May 17, 2019