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Heroes in India…

Posted by JD on January 1, 2007

The Popular Nbc show “Heroes” will debut in india on Jan 31,07…according to wiki…it’s a wed, 9:00 PM show…..
i’m very happy…after i Lost Season 2 of “lost”…this was another show i was looking forward to….fortunately Star World Lives…

i heard a lot about it…and am looking forward to it…though i havent seen the show…my Fav character is already “Hiro”…man,that’s a great power to have…

The World is waiting…

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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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Contender 2 : Big Disappointment

Posted by JD on August 3, 2006

I was a religious fan of the first season…but this new season sure sucks!
it’s so dull and boring with not enough “meat” in it…its quite dry and stupid….

The first fight was between between Michael Clark who was so confident of him winning that we went ahead and offered to fight the first fight…now this guy had previously pissed off Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (Clark-pulling-a-great-impression-of-dog-incident)….who well, kicked the crap out of clark…hehehe…

Also, i have’nt see Sly Stallone doing his “hosting” bit this time…aahhh! who cares? he wasn’t good at it anyways…

Further…

ESPN has the rights to purchase two additional seasons, so in addition to “The Contender 2”, we may see “The Contender 3” and “The Contender 4”.

God Help us all!

Wikipedia Page : Contender 2

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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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New on Television

Posted by JD on July 13, 2006

This Month and Next Month there will be a lot of shows premiering or contiunued..

LOST Season 2 (in August)
The OC Season 2 (already 3 episodes down)
Boston Legal
Joey (On tuesday)
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Becker
Contender 2
Ultimate Fighter
One tree Hill (meh..)
Numb3rs
Las Vegas
NCIS
The 4400 (did they take it down? i dont see promo’s of it anymore)
The Simpsons

Some Old Shows like
“Cheers” came on…
The Wayan Bro’s

King of Queens,Whose Line is it anyway? (re-runs),Fraiser,Grey’s Anatomy Ended its run for now…

I also watch
The Daily Show (Global Edition) with Jon Stewart
House
Fear Factor
more crappy stuff

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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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Criss Angel Mindfreak

Posted by JD on July 9, 2006

Its a bit late but Criss Angel’s Mindfreak is showing this month…i know the DVD has been released, and i think it has already been telecast before…i had missed it the last time…so i’m looking forward to it…i’m not much of a stage magic fan but what the hell?

i did watch Supernatural…i think he over-does the “i’m-a-dark-powerfull-psyhic” persona too much…its a bit annoying…

will try and update some more…

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