Las Vegas illusionist Criss Angel blacked out on Friday night, but unlike most black outs that happen in Las Vegas, this one wasn’t caused by drinking too many of those bong-sized alcohol slushies. The man who looks like an Ed Hardy-ized version of Ralph Macchio had to abruptly end his Mindfreak Live! show at the Luxor Hotel after a stunt went wrong.
TMZ says it happened while 49-year-old Criss attempted to perform an act that involved him trying to escape from a straitjacket while hanging upside down from his feet. After about two minutes of awkwardly spinning and struggling, Criss couldn’t get out of the straitjacket and he lost consciousness. He was lowered to the stage as the curtain closed, and the 90-minute show was over after only 10 minutes. Once Criss was freed from the straitjacket from Hell, he was rushed to the ER at a nearby hospital.
Criss was alright and left the hospital the same night just before 10pm. The next night he was back performing again, and successfully performed the straitjacket stunt.
Criss spoke to ABC News about the ordeal and said that it wasn’t a publicity stunt. He added that it’s all part of the job, and said the ole’ “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
I like the kind of magic where someone pulls a quarter from behind my ear or pretends to steal my nose, not the kind where a guy almost dies after getting stuck in a straitjacket. That’s not magic to me! I’ve seen that kind of “magic” plenty of times in the mirror of a change room while I struggle to get out of a too-tight shirt.