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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that illusionist Criss Angel (born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos) was honored with the 2,615th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
Criss star is located at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard next to the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and across the street from the star of Houdini!
Angel began his career in New York City, before moving his base of operations to the Las Vegas Valley. He is known for starring in the television and stage show Criss Angel Mindfreak and his previous live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. The show generated $150 million in tourist revenue to Las Vegas in 2010, but has since been replaced by Mindfreak LIVE on 11 May 2016.
He also starred in the television series Criss Angel BeLIEve on Spike TV, the reality-competition television show Phenomenon on NBC, and the 2014 stage show Criss Angel Magicjam.
Criss Angel recently created and directed a music video for Latin pop princess Belinda and world-renowned DJ/Producer Steve Aoki which will be released this summer 2017.
|(left) Actor Gary Oldman, Criss Angel and magician Lance Burton|
“Hollywood is a magical place, and when we honor Criss Angel with his own star, the magic will continue to spread! We are very proud to include him on our famous Walk of Fame,” stated Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez.
Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler,was the emcee of the event to unveil the star with guest speakers Lance Burton, Randy Couture and Gary Oldman.
For more than a decade, Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic as the biggest name on the planet. From his role as star, creator, executive producer and director of the most successful magic television series of all time, Criss Angel MINDFREAK on A&E Network, to his No. 1 best-selling Las Vegas stage shows Criss Angel BeLIEve and Criss Angel MINDFREAK LIVE! (in partnership with Cirque du Soleil® and MGM Resorts), to countless critically-acclaimed television specials and series, best-selling books, top-grossing retail products, music CDs.
|Illusionist Criss Angel infront of his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star infront of Roosevelt Hotel|
Angel’s book, Criss Angel MINDFREAK: Secret Revelations (Harper Collins) was a national bestseller and is now in multiple printings. Angel is also an accomplished musician, having produced and performed on five self-titled CDs, which accompany all his live performances and TV appearances.
Angel has received numerous awards throughout his career: “Magician of the Year” an unprecedented six times, including from The Magic Castle—far more than any other magician. He was the youngest magician inducted into the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame. Angel was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, The World Magic Legacy Award “A Living Legend,” at The World of Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.
Additionally, Angel was recently named the first recipient of “Magician of the Decade,” as well as “Magician of the Century” and “Innovator of the Decade.” Angel received an International Magic Lifetime Achievement Award and was unanimously selected as the recipient of the 22nd Louie Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Magic.
Angel is tireless in his ongoing efforts to help children through his charitable works. His Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, a JDS Foundation (formerly Believe Anything Is Possible), was renamed last year after his then two-year old son Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia. Angel has also received the Male Wish Granter of the Year Award and the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award for his work and dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, having just granted his 50th wish.
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