Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Do you believe in magic?

CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON : Like most boys, I used to love magicians. I remember watching magician
Mark Wilson and "The Magic Land of Allakazam" on Saturday mornings and being fascinated.
Magic came into play on TV on a more serious note in "The Magician" with Bill Bixby in the '70s.
And in recent years, celebrity magicians such as David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, Siegfried and Roy, David Blaine and Lance Burton have astounded audiences on TV.
In 2005, A&E quietly premiered "Criss Angel - Mindfreak," a weekly show spotlighting Angel's illusions and shock magic. The show slowly built up an audience and is a huge success on the network these days.
"Criss Angel Mindfreak - The Complete Season Three" will be released Jan. 15. Where seasons one and two seemed to go for more traditional magic, Angel gets into some really scary stuff here.
One illusion requires him to escape from a truck full of dynamite as it's heading over a cliff. Another has a steamroller pin him on a concrete slab. (Don't try this at home, kids.) It's not for the faint-hearted. There's also more traditional magic, too.
Even with his tendency toward the weird, we enjoy Angel's work. He also published a book recently called, not surprisingly, "Mindfreak," that includes a few of his secrets.
But the fun of watching Angel and others like him is watching the illusion of the illusions.
Do you still believe in magic? You will after seeing this DVD.