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Mindfreak: C4 Crate

Posted by JD on September 26, 2006

Remember, i’m being very lazy so the “report” will be quite short…i’m writing the next one…Premonition…i’ll post that one later…well, Mindfreak is now a 1 hour extended show…(2 episodes back to back…)

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Coin Across
Criss Displays four coins in one hand…and then closes both fists…instantly the four coins transported to the other hand…

How was it done? Sleeves…and 8 coins!

Coin in Arm
Criss Borrows a coin which is signed…he clearly swallows the coin and then exposes his left arm and shows the coin UNDERNEATH his skin travelling down…criss then slices his wrist and pulls out the signed coin…

Now, i don’t really have exact details on how it was done but sure has something to do with “fake skin” …if you guys have seen DAvid Blaine Pull his heart out (literally) then you’d know how this was done…
How the coin travelled underneath the skin….i Dont KNow!!

Card in Bottle
Spectator chooses card, lost in the deck…the spectator then is given the deck and asked to shuffle and then look for their card…and they fail to do so because thier card has disappeared (suprised?)…
A closeby beer bottle is emptied and broken…insisde which they find the chosen card…

all you need to know is The classic force and have duplicates…

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The Main Stunt was Criss Being Blown UP when inside a small wooden crate lying next to explosives…honestly speaking, it didn’t even grab my attention…i have seen this “stunt” being done just before baseball games….this other time a this crazy lady did the same…so i mean, it isn’t that cool as that Superman Suspension…

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Mindfreak : Buried Alive

Posted by JD on August 21, 2006

Mindfreak : Buried Alive

Hmm…the most faked episode of mindfreak…yet!!
Criss was handcuffed then buried alive in a coffin and then followed a houdini escape

I’ll First report the magic part of the show then we’ll move on to the “stunt”…

Effect 1 :
Shadow Trick

A very nice variation (very different) of PK touches…i guess this was probably banacheks idea…since criss doesn’t hesitate with introducing stooges it was a very spooky effect…

Well, Criss introduces 2 women (1’s a stooge)…now they are seated on chairs before a wall…the wall is illuminated with bright light so that the shadows of the spectators,the chairs,criss are seen on the wall..

Right, now one spectator (stooge) settles down and criss asks her to close her eyes…
the other one sitting a bit away next to a table with Numbered cards (1-10)…criss asks her
to touch one card…she touches three…(now i don’t know if it was a force…
she touched the card closest to her..) now criss stands behind the second specatator and then
makes his shandow tap her shadow on the shoulder thrice…and asks her if she felt anything…
she answers she felt 3 taps on my shoulder…at this point the first lady freaks out…

criss does it again…(3 taps)…now the stooge gets off the chair and criss then uses his shadow again to
make the folding chair collapse…to which the the other spectator screamed like a woman (except she was a woman)

Before Demonstrating this effect criss moved a pen remotely by using his own shadow to tip over the pen’s shadow…and then did the same to the glass on the table…very nice performance…nothing more than IT and good timing (or in other words practice)…

Effect 2 :

Phobia

Now, this one was badly presented on TV…there was no start nor finish…the entire time frame was cut out to the climax…there was no patter unless you think “What’s you worst fear?” is patter…right from the beginning criss pulling out a snake from this gal’s backpack and a spider (tarantula??) from this guy’s cap…

Now, sure if they showed us some presentation it would have been impressive…but this sucked!!

Effect 3 :
Buried Alive

Criss Angel does what he does best…scam!

Here’s the deal, criss is handcuffed (real ones? NOT!!) and then layed into this coffin and then buried and left there…
sure he tell’s you about the night vision camera inside the coffin…which oddly got “damaged” duirng the course of the stunt…and for the first time…Hollywood rain…they made it rain to increase the impact of the stunt…to make it more stunning more “dangerous”…now obviously they got to show us criss crawling out…and they do..after supposedly almost 2 hours…a hand pops out and criss comes out…now i have huge doubts about this one…this was totally bogus shit!!

The Houdini Conspiracy : Part 2

Sure, you’d think they’d lay off houdini for a while…but noooo…they had to get him to…
criss mentions how houdini attempted the Buried alive and failed…common dude…
also they showed us this clipping about this local magician “Amazing joe” who tried the buried alive but lost his life in the process…it’s sad that they used this for their own benefit…

In the beginnin of the episode, there was this guy “Rob zombie” who made a guest appearnce…why? he was promoting his movie..i have no idea who the guy is…and frankly i dont care…

One good part about this episode was there was No JD (whooohooo!!)
although banachek made more than enough for his absence….

About the delay, i’m just being lazy!! 🙂

Current Song : GooGoo Dolls – Iris

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OMG!! Mind Freaking Funny!!

Posted by JD on August 12, 2006

check out the real criss angel
This Guy is makes parody videos of Mindfreak….it is freaking funny…guys do check them out..

also see episode 4 ….the brick trick…its my favourite!! 😀

It’s much more fun than that other guy on TV…

Peace!!
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Mindfreak : Body Suspension

Posted by JD on August 11, 2006

All right, there’s no real entry for this episode since it never involved any Magic…

The Entire Episode was about the Entire “Body Suspension” stunt…which doesn’t leave you disappointed…

Effect : Criss is Pierced on his back and then “fish-hooked” to a helicopter and then his body is “waved around” (can i be more precise?)

now, surely this sort of stuff makes the girls squirm….Criss had already done a body suspension for a “shopping window” for all the world to see…and now he wanted to take it to the next step…

A Motorbike ride through the desert (oooooohh!! classy) later we find criss hanging by his skin..

Now I’ll like to take this opportunity to speak my mind about “J.D” Criss’s Brother (holy shit! that’s my name!!) i want to tell him that he’s an idiot…he doesn’t really do much on TV…just plasters his face when criss goes to take a whiz…he doesn’t really have a real job in the show…all he does is act nervous and say “This is serious shit people!! there’s no safety wires!!” ….a monkey could’ve done a better job…

What a Loser!! (and to think i share my “handle” with him)

Back to the stunt, It was great, seriously, sure they tried to hype the stunt with fake blood and all but who really cares? i would’ve pissed in my pants if someone wanted to pierce me let alone hangme from a chopper…

-Regards
JD (not criss’s loser brother)

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MindFreak:SUV Nail Bed

Posted by JD on August 3, 2006

Mindfreak: SUV Nail Bed

SUV Nail Bed: Criss expands upon the traditional bed of nails trick by lying on a bed of nails while a Hummer (a particularly large type of SUV) rolls over him. He was seriously injured in the process.

Ok! This was probably Second most Impressive Episode after the Levitation ordeal…simply because it wasn’t over the top…(well, not with C.angel standards)

The Main Effect was this stunt where Criss would lay on a bed of nails and then a Hummer (SUV) was rolled onto his chest..
leaving him to bear 1/4 weight of the vehicle sandwiched between a board and a bed of nails…

You’re Probably saying….aaah! phoooey…i’ve seen that on Ripley…
Sure…but Just because you’ve seen it a million times on tv doesnt make the stunt any less
dangerous

Effect 1
Needles From the Belly thingy…

A very Squirmy Effect…Criss shows some spectators some needles…he puts 5-6 of them in a glass…fills it with wine…and then gulps it down…then he shows you a thread which he consumes…after a bit of “digestion”…he starts pulling out a thread from INSIDE (yeah! INSIDE) his belly…with the thread sewn through the needles…

Well, its obvious the second thread was always there…then again you gotta hand it to him…it was friggin amazing watching him pull it out…

Earlier, in Supernatural he had pulled our razor blades in a similar fashion out of his mouth…

Kids, Dont try this at home…aaah! you’ll probably will and end up with a swollen belly…

Effect 2
Pyschic Glass Shatter

The Scene, a Restaurant, Criss walks up to a table…[after some intro]… places a pen in a wine glass and asks the people at the table to “concentrate” on the pen …HARD! the pen miraculously (oooh! boy) levitates out of the glass…
(clearly done with a Invisible thread)

(..after a few moments of gasps from bystanders…)

Criss again puts the pen back in the glass…asks the people (at the table) to stand up
and concentrate on the glass…after a few deep moments..BAM!! the Glass SHATTERSS into
pieces…

NOTE: This Glass Shatterring thingy was done by David Blaine on Vertigo…
i hardly expected criss to repeat a trick already done by his close rival (blaine)
but he did…and its NO BIG DEAL really…Blaine Himself had repeated the
“Arm Twisting Illusion” earlier
The Secret was also Revealed in an Episode of ” Psychic Secrets Revealed”…
The Secret can be found on the Internet via Google…:D

Effect 3
Frisbee Float

This was another of Criss’s Attempt to pull a miracle at a “spontaneous” situation…
After this elaborate skit where his crew is slacking off at the location of the stunt
and playing with their frisbee…
“NO Good crew Men”…Criss joins in and then the magic happens…
Criss makes frisbee float from the ground to his hand and then proceeds to rotate
it mid air…(WHOOOOO!!!)

…and then the frisbee becomes a normal frisbee…(BORING!!)

Again, IT (?) was used…

Quite a creative idea to use it on a frisbee since it already appears to levitate when in use…

Effect 4
Walking on glass

As Part of his Training for the main Stunt (SUV Nail Bed) criss keeps jumping up and down
this spread of shattered glass…again this wasn’t really an elaborate effect…
they didn’t make a big deal out of it…
why should they? People watch this stuff everyday on TV…

Effect 5
Bed Of Nails

The Main Effect was this stunt where Criss would lay on a bed of nails and then a Hummer (SUV) was rolled onto his chest..
leaving him to bear 1/4 weight of the vehicle sandwiched between a board and a bed of nails…

now, i know it’s quite a cliche in the modern world of Reality TV with shows like Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
and Guiness World Records,etc etc…but it was a great stunt…

sadly, there’s nothing much i can write about it…

There was a couple of comments from the “Mindfreak Consultant” Banachek…
and there was also this guy “Todd ..something..” who likes to hammer a 8-inch nail into his nose…and has no qualms for doing it for TV…

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Mindfreak:Wine Barrel Escape

Posted by JD on July 27, 2006

Mindfreak:Wine Barrel Escape

Source Wiki

Wine Barrel Escape: Stunt technicians place Criss in a cramped wine barrel completely filled with water and handcuff his hands through the top. The contraption is then raised up 80 feet. Not only does Criss have to worry about holding his breath and freeing himself from the handcuffs, but there is also the time limit. He has two minutes to free himself before the barrel crashes to the ground. Criss has said that the stunt was an intentional homage to famed escape artist Harry Houdini.

This Episode had a couple of Guest Stars…Lance Burton played host to the Main Effect “The Wine Barrel Escape”…and Banachek also made a flash appearance to say “…Criss is doing something very dangerous…”

Effect 1:
Deja Vu

The very First Effect of the episode, was “made to look” very spontaneous as criss steps out of an elevator and says “Let’s try something!” (ooooohhh!)

then he meets 2 couples in the hallway (probably stooges i dunno) …he asks one couple to verify that the next moments are “one continous shot”…he asks the other couple to stand in the hallway…for a moment criss’s entire head blocks the cam…and BOOM its done (Brad Christian?)…the couple is now standing about 20-25 feet away from the original location…

it was probably camera trickery or some duplicate spectators…

Effect 2:
Wine Beverage

Now, this effect could’ve been with real spectators (or not!)

Criss walks upto to a table in a restaurant and borrows a glass (tumbler) with water in it…he makes sure it is water in it…
he asks her (spectator) to think of any beverage…she chooses “beer”…a common answer!
then using the “circular-plastic-cover-for-glass-thingy” (i have no clue what you call that) for covering the glass and gives it a vigourous shake…the water turns brownish…and she proceeds to taste it..and claims it is beer…

see now the “circular-plastic-cover-for-glass-thingy” could have been containing some kinda substance that mixed with water to give something that looks and tastes like beer…or beer itself…

Effect 3:
Card Through Window

To deliver this trick, criss made an “eloborate effort” to convince people that the trick was impromptu…From the venue for the “escape effect” First, criss is informed “your bus is busted…you need to find another ride…” then criss jumps on to a seemingly normal bus with real spectators (yeah, they were real)…

Criss moves to the front part of the bus…
Then the Trick starts…A card is selected (9D)…signed…lost in the deck..then throws the deck at the bus window…you then see the card stuck at the opposite end of the window….All this happenes while the bus is moving…

The trick was a well executed “Ultimate Card through Window” effect…already on sale at various Magic dealers…

Effect 4:

The Houdini Conspiracy

Alright, Thorughout the Episode Criss got manu people to say “Houdini didn;t do dangerous stuff”
“Houdini was able to create the illusion of danger without doing anything remotely dangerous”
“what criss is doing is very dangerous…”
“Even Houdini might not have attempted what criss wants to do…”
“This is a Homage to Houdini”

They were slowly demolishing houdini’s status to lift their own…

The Escape was a pretty standard “Fear Factor Stunt”…he was locked up inside a wine barrel and then handcuffed…the wine barrel was lifted to over 80-100 feet and then he’s got 2 mintues to free himself from the handcuff’s and then hook himself to the safety line…(oddly the never showed it dettached)…Lance Burton played host for the stunt…

Pretty much it!
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MindFreak : Levitation

Posted by JD on July 19, 2006

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Levitation: Before a perplexed street audience, Criss uses his self-proclaimed telekinesis to levitate a volunteer 4 feet in the air.

After watching this episode i have decided to call it “Criss Angel and Other Bad Actors…”
The Entire Episode was a joke…Not One Effect was possibly done with a “real” spectator…
Anyways, I’ll Describe it never the less…*sigh*

Effect 1
Self Levitation : Criss performed his self levitations over different areas…How he did it? There are 2 different levitations he performed…One was with Wires (you could see him oscillating like a pendulum 🙂 ) This levitation showed him “levitating” by over 7ft…
Too good to be true…

The second Method was a very minor levitation…done with a “gimmick”…the method already revealed in a infamous video in dark corners of the internet (no links for you guys! 😉 )
This is different from what Blaine did…criss did his thing at many places…when he performed at a cafe, there were couple of spectators who were stooges who were planted for “authenticity”…then the camera dudes went on to get reactions where one guy said “David Blaine should kiss his(criss) A**!”…Ow! that was harsh considering Blaine atleast does magic to real people and not bad actors…

Effect 2
Weird Butterfly trick : Ok! Two words “Stooge Crap”…Criss Walks upto a spectator (STOOGE!! STOOGE!! STOOGE!!) and looks through her (STOOGE!! STOOGE!! STOOGE!!…alright i’ll stop) handbag and then borrows “a perfectly normal” tissue paperand then asks her to “draw a picture of your favourite animal” on the tissue paper …for some weird reason instead of drawing a “dog”,”cat” she drew “a butterfly”…then criss took the folded tissue and did “something” ..okay..he did nothing..but it this time there was an Edit…he opened it up and a butterfly (im not sure,it could’ve been a fly) flew out..
I would’ve believed it if there was no editing…and the trick was one continous shot…
and if one of your favourite animal is a butterfly Plz seek proffessional help…

Effect 3
Back bend Levitation : Hmmm, This one definately worth watching even if criss was surrounded by a couple of STOOGES!! (i’m starting to like this…) the Levitation was not actually “Off the Ground” levitation it was like a “The-matrix-move-that- neo-does-to-dogde-bullets” move…except it wasn’t done a green screen…

Once in the “neo-stance”, he could straigthen one leg…now im not sure but the only explanation i could come up with was an apparatus attached to his body going from his back till his knee which move as the knee would…

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The Same thing was also done on “T.H.E.M” (Totally Hidden Extreme Magic) by Lisa And Thomas in a martial arts arena…

he did the same with a spectator (cough*stooge*cough) and then proceeded to completely sweep her off her feet (literally) (although covering her entire left side)…and then “landing her.”

Effect 4
Spectator Lev.
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OK! Two Words Again “Stooge” and “WIRES”…Criss Made it a point to show that he was picking real people (NOT!!!!) the gal was in no ways looking normal…she had this weird face like she has been doing heavy makeup for stage shows (hint hint)

when he actually did levitate her…the camera revolved around you could see that her top was “cringed” at her hips due to a possible wire over her…

Criss kept asking his spectators if they ever have been hypnotised One said “Yeah!”, the weird woman in effect 3 said “yeah,but it didnt work!”…

What are The Chances of finding two people who have been hypnotised?

Ladies And gentlemen, Criss Angel and other bad actors
(i’m not implying Criss is a bad actor…he sure can pull off a great show…i should point out it takes great discipline to get the wire levitation right…its probably the hardest thing to do and try to hold still in that position…Criss Angel is sure a devoted performed but his magic is for TV audiences Not for real experinces…)

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MindFreak : Burned Alive

Posted by JD on July 12, 2006

I’ll Try and Guess How he did it…

Source Wikipedia:

Episode 1
Burned Alive: Criss is set ablaze, as a “present” for his mother’s 70th birthday, with the bare minimum of protection necessary to keep him from burning alive. Despite the protection only reportedly being adequate for a span of 45 seconds, Criss remained engulfed far past the mark and in the end incorporated an interesting illusion by morphing into one of the technicians putting out the fire on him.

Effect

The Show Started off with a dissappearing act on a sidewalk…
a garbage bin was put on top of him and he asks the people to push it down…he is giving them instructions to “keep pushing” apparently from inside the bin…he then asks them to lift it up…and he’s vanished…everyone looks up..to find the dude standing on the roof

My Comment : err…pretty clean…although the time line is something i suspect…when he began there were very few people around and suddenly the next shot (the one they are all pressing down) there is large crowd…so it seems a large part was cut out in between…
….plus the guys pressing down could’ve been stooges and he slipped in from the back (which was obviously not shown)

Effect

Ring in IceCube …a restaurant scene,criss borrows a ring from a lady makes it dissapear will pushing it through the table…then he looks into a drink the lady had ordered removes an ice cube which contains the “same” ring…

My Comment
Duplicate Rings…The vanish was a pull (magnetic or mechanical)….rest was just same ol same ol….

Effect

Voodoo Doll thing…criss shows a spectator a doll (korn (Rockband) signature) …and borrows something personal (hair,ring,etc) and then starts buring the dolls limb…and apparently the specky “feels” the heat…

then he proceeded to ask them turn around and pierce the doll anywhere …and criss suddenly felt pain and starts bleeding from the same area…

My Comment
Stooges!! why? coz they were bad actors…

Main Effect:

its was a stunt being burned alive and walking around for 45 seconds…i hated the fact that he kept emphasiszing “i could die” routine…he did wear all those gels and stuff that hollywood stuntmen wear but he did not cover his face…at the end he Falls down and as the technicians are dousing flames with fire extinguishers…they show there’s no one on the ground and one of the technicians is really criss

My Comment

The transformation was done with editing …im sure of it…Criss did the same effect in Supernatural which was genuine tranformation (i thought so)…this time it was edited and pieced together…

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