- NAME: Criss Angel
- OCCUPATION: Magician, Television Personality
- BIRTH DATE: December 19, 1967 (Age: 45)
- Did You Know?: Criss Angel is the only magician to appear on the covers of both Magic magazine and Genii magazine—the most popular and respected magic magazines worldwide.
- Did You Know?: Criss Angel's Las Vegas show Criss Angel Believe, which debuted in 2008, was named after his idol, legendary magician Harry Houdini.
- Did You Know?: Criss Angel has earned the International Magicians Society's prestigious "Magician of the Year" honor a record five times, as well as its "Magician of the Decade" and "Magician of the Century" titles.
- EDUCATION: East Meadow High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: East Meadow, New York
- Full Name: Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos
- AKA: Christopher Sarantakos
- AKA: Criss Angel
- AKA: Chris Sarantakos
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Criss Angel is an awarding-winning magician known for starring on the popular reality television show Criss Angel: Mindfreak.
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Angel's live and televised performances have earned him the International Magicians Society's prestigious "Magician of the Year" honor a record five times—in 2001, 2004, 2005,
2007 and 2008—as well as its "Magician of the Decade" (2009) and "Magician of the Century" (2010) titles. He is also the only magician to appear on the covers of both Magic magazine (October 2003) and Genii magazine (December 2003)—the most popular and respected magic magazines worldwide. Additionally, Angel was unanimously selected as the recipient of the 22nd Louie Award for outstanding achievement in the art of magic.
Besides their pure entertainment value, Angel says his shows aim to raise "questions that provoke more thought, more controversy and a desire, at least on a personal level, to live to your greatest potential." In order to achieve this mysterious effect, Angel keeps the methods behind his performances a closely guarded secret. Describing his technique in characteristically enigmatic fashion, the magician once wrote: "Sometimes my art is just an illusion—or is it?"
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