Photos: Criss Angel, award winner and new Magic Hall of Fame member
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 (6:30 p.m.)
Photo: Tom Donoghue/APWI
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Mindfreak illusionist Criss Angel has been recognized with the two highest awards in the world of magic and has become the youngest ever magician to be honored by two top organizations. Our hometown legend Lance Burton joined with World Magic Seminar’s Bob Rossi to present Criss with the World Magic Legacy Award recognizing Criss as a Living Legend for his unparalleled achievements and changing the face of magic. Criss is the youngest recipient of the award since the WMS was founded in 1977.
Tough to top that, but then the Luxor headline star of Cirque du Soleil’s Believe also was honored by the International Magicians Society, which was founded in 1968. It’s the largest magic organization in the world with 42,000 members. Criss was inducted into the Magic Hall Of Fame, the organization’s highest honor.
It’s been presented to a very select group of illusionists recognizing the impact they have had in the world of magic. Doug Henning, Siegfried & Roy, David Copperfield and Penn & Teller are past inductees. During the World Magic Seminar last week at The Orleans, Merlin Awards also were presented to Las Vegas-based magicians Johnny Thompson, Banachek and Silvan for their outstanding achievements.
Leading the applause for Criss were the true legends of magic: Siegfried & Roy, “Mr. Electric” Marvyn Roy, Silvan, Juan Tamariz, Eugene Burger, Johnny Thompson, Amazing Johnathan and Jeff McBride. They also taped spots for a new project that Criss will launch this summer.
In his speech at the dual ceremonies, Criss thanked the magicians and the fans -- and then teased TheMagicPlace.com. He told me that it’s his largest and most ambitious project to date in his career. “It will launch this summer,” he promised. “You’ll get all the details as we get closer, but for now you can say ‘Magic Lives Here.’ I am so happy that so many of the headliner names of magic here have videotaped segments already.”
During the four-day seminar, Lance hosted a luncheon at his castle estate here for teenage magicians who attended the World Magic Seminar from all over the world. Criss and Amazing Johnathan attended the event to encourage the teenagers in their future showbiz careers. Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for these exclusive APWI photos.
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