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Criss Angel – Mindfreak – The Complete Season One (Stunts)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: B



Just when you think magic is dead, when you think all the crazy stunts someone could do has been done and that there was even a show that ruined all these tricks, someone comes along and reinvigorates the entire field.  The performer Criss Angel is that man, with his Rock aesthetic and big KISS-like or Prince-like hair, he is the star of Mindfreak.  This would be classified today as reality TV, but far before the dreaded genre surfaced, there were specials and variety show appearances celebrating and showing magic and stunts involved with them.


Going back to the days of Houdini, Orson Welles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and others at the turn of the previous centuries who made all this so popular, fun and fascinating set in motion a form of underrated entertainment still written off as gimmick entertainment too often.  Mindfreak – The Complete Season One offers 15 shows that show you all kinds of approaches (without revealing the “how” of course) to various illusions and pulling off what seems impossible.  The shows in this double DVD set are:


1)     Burned Alive

2)     Levitation

3)     Wine Barrel Escape

4)     SUV Nail Bed

5)     Body Suspension

6)     Buried Alive

7)     Hellstromism

8)     Super Human

9)     Building Walk

10)  Blind

11)  Oasis

12)  C4

13)  Prediction

14)  Chicken

15)  Tesla Strike



This is not Jackass, though I could see a spoof coming from that camp, but is instead an amazing show that goes the extras distance.  Before each main magic stunt, there are plenty of terrific regular scale ones that are impressive enough to make for entire shows in compilation, but Criss Angel makes them the warm up to the big one!  This is great entertainment TV that is in the tradition of past such shows, yet is as timely as ever.  Yes, he may even become the most important magician/stuntman of the early 21st Century.  You just have to see it to believe it and not let your initial skepticism that this would be just another cookie cutter show.  You will not be disappointed.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on professional NTSC videotape and looks good for a brand new taping.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no major surrounds, but sounds good.  Extras include commentary on two shows, stills, text biography, 3 tricks you can do yourself with him through the set (!), interview (12:13) with the star and interactive illusions through your television screen.  This is a fun show and nice set.  If you must get magic and stunts on DVD, Criss Angel – Mindfreak – The Complete Season One is your best bet to date.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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