Criss Angel keeps the magic alive

It was the night after Christmas when all through the theater not a creature was stirring as Criss Angel performed his greatest illusion, a levitation trick. Unlike other evenings, this was the first anniversary of MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood Resort, for which Criss Angel received a standing ovation at the close of the show. Four evenings later, he’d receive a late anniversary present when the Dec. 30 show became his highest grossing ever, only to be outsold two nights later.

Angel had already passed the 11-year mark as a Las Vegas headliner, but Planet Hollywood Resort was his original headquarters in Vegas, where he set out on journeys to make magic in public for his Criss Angel: Mindfreak television show. Bringing it all back home to Planet Hollywood Resort with a decade’s worth of headlining experience and cutting-edge technology enabled Angel to create a show beyond what he was capable of imagining while growing up on Long Island.

An enveloping sound system with 150 speakers, 90 surface areas handling half a billion pixels of video and a constellation of moving lights make MINDFREAK as much a feast for the senses as it is an illusionists’ dream.

Planet Hollywood Resort, 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun. (dark Feb. 2-18), starting at $69 plus tax and fee, 12+. 702.777.2782

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