Criss Angel Is Coming To Spike - Bigger, Badder, And Better Than Ever

    Criss Angel Is Coming To Spike - Bigger, Badder, And Better Than Ever

New Original Series Gives Viewers Unprecedented Access to the Design and
Execution of Never-Before-Seen Death-Defying Stunts and Apparent Supernatural

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Criss Angel sets out to confirm he's
the greatest magician of all time in Spike's new original series (title to be
announced shortly). Criss has been revolutionizing the art of magic for more
than a decade, but in this series, Criss takes his illusions and
demonstrations to the next level, with an entirely new look and feel. Each
week, Angel will attempt bold and audacious demonstrations never attempted by
any mystifier in history. For the first time ever in any magic programming,
Criss will reveal the creative process beyond the magic as he lets the
audience behind closed doors into the creative "think tank" where his team
brainstorms, debates and prepares the most spectacular illusions in history.
This unprecedented access will demonstrate the methods and secrets that go
into designing, building and executing these incredible feats.


Viewers will also get a glimpse into Angel's dangerous and mysterious life
along with a host of new and intriguing characters and celebrity guests.

The episodes will be themed and focus on mind-blowing magic, the supernatural,
death-defying escapes, and astonishing physical stunts that will challenge the
very laws of nature. Spike has ordered 11 one-hour episodes of the series,
which goes into production this spring in Las Vegas and locations across the
country. The show is executive produced and directed by Criss Angel for APWI,
Inc., David Baram and Erich Recker for LBI Entertainment and is slated to
premiere this fall on Spike. The deal was brokered by Scott Lonker and Eric
Wattenberg of CAA, who represent Angel.

"Spike is thrilled to be able to showcase the amazing talents of Criss Angel,
a perfect fit for our evolving adult brand. Criss has grown immeasurably as an
artist and we are excited to give our viewers never-before granted access into
the inner workings of his secret world and his mind," said Sharon Levy,
Executive Vice President, original series, Spike TV.

For over a decade, Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic as the biggest
name on the planet. His visionary approach to the art escapes the confines of
tradition and has given birth to a new breed of modern mysticism. Oprah
Winfrey hailed, "Criss is the best, the best, THE BEST!"

From his role as star, creator, Executive Producer and Director of his hugely
successful A&E television series "Criss Angel MINDFREAK," to his number one
best-selling live magic show in the world - "Criss Angel BeLIEve" at the Luxor
Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas - and star of and creator of countless
television specials, books, music CD's and more, Angel has redefined the term
"magician" for the 21st Century.

Criss is also the most watched magician in TV/Internet history combined. His
"Walk on Water" clip has generated over 46 million YouTube views alone, and
all of his clips collectively have generated over 200 million views. He was
named Magician of the Century by his peers.

For additional information and future updates on the new series, fans can

Chris Rantamaki is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and is
executive in charge of production of the project.

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Debra Fazio, Spike, +1-212-767-8649,
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