Last night, thousands of Criss Angel fans, including me, tuned in to watch a live episode of Mindfreak. Expecting the usual, the fans cheered him on and waited for the moment when Criss Angel would prove, once again, that he is the greatest magician in the world. Unfortunately, things did not go as expected. Thousands of fans’ hearts shook with terror as they watched their beloved magician struggle to escape a building set to implode in mere seconds.
The show begins with Criss announcing that this will be the last stunt he would ever do, and it will be filmed from start to finish, regardless of whether he lives or dies.
[So here’s the low down on the stunt:
Criss is to be handcuffed to an outside railing and is to somehow make it to the top of the building in 3 ½ seconds before the implosion. Once free of the handcuffs, he is to go through the building and pick open the locks on the doors. The final door, which contains two locks, will lead him to the roof and from there he will have to jump on a ladder of a helicopter to safety. ]
Once Criss Angel is handcuffed to the railing, he gives his final words, which sends his love and thanks to all of his friends and family. For some reason, his message of goodbye sends chills down my back and makes me unusually nervous.
Finally the countdown starts, and Criss quickly works his way out of the handcuffs. He then begins picking the lock on the first door. 40 seconds pass by and he is still unable to get the door opened. An ominous scene is set as he resorts to kicking the glass window open in order to enter.
Hearts racing with horror and excitement, fans watch as Criss Angel moves as fast as possible through the locked doors inside. With about 1 minute left, Criss struggles to open the last door. Seconds pass by and still he struggles with the lock. The clock displays 30 seconds left, and the helicopter is forced to leave for safety reasons. At this, I come to the realization that Criss Angel was telling the truth; this will be his last death-defying stunt because in just about 30 seconds Criss Angel will be dead. So I’m completely frantic at this point and all that goes through my head are headlines stating his demise. I yell at Criss through the TV to hurry, but I know that it is no use. It is too late.
The clock strikes zero and the building implodes. Criss, however, remains trapped in the building. Not a sound can be heard as fans desperately hold on to their last shred of hope that Criss will some how magically appear out of the rubble. Moments pass by and Criss in nowhere in sight. But low and behold, the cameraman spots Criss coming out of the rubble without a scratch. Criss yells out in victory at having yet again cheated death. Fans cheer at the sight of him and all is well again.
The host and Criss’s crew all state that this was completely unexpected and not according to plan. But as I watched the building collapse, it suddenly dawned on me - Criss had never planned to escape by helicopter. He had wanted to scare the fans. Whether he will deny it or not, I firmly believe that Criss Angel punk’d us all and I cannot think of a more prefect ending for his last stunt ever.