Congratulation to local Criss Angel star of “Believe” at Luxor. He was awarded Magician of the Century by some magic group. Robin Leach was there and has a back stage interview and a photo of Angel, trophy aloft, on his blog. According to Leach, “Believe” is now claiming to be the best selling magic show in the world.
Is “Believe” even a magic show? Cirque and Angel did not like that label when “Believe” opened. There was very little magic in the show. To underline the point the magic present was notably unimpressive (lots of obvious illusions, the usual stage gimmicks yet regular technical difficulties). They are only now in the process of eliminating dancers and adding magic to “Believe.”
I wonder the definition of magic show that is being used to back this best-selling claim? It must be exclusive. Otherwise, you would have to include David Copperfield’s successful run for years at MGM Grand. Then there is Penn & Teller’s continued success as resident headliners at Rio. I am not saying Angel does not outsell them. It is theoretically possible. But here is the problem: “Believe” does not release their sales numbers and neither do Penn & Teller nor David Copperfield. These numbers are not available to be compared. So, how can anyone claim to sell the most?
Like so much in the world of Criss Angel, his fact claims compared to reality are likely to remain his best known illusion.
Has Believe really outsold Siegfried & Roy who spent a great many years in Vegas? By the way, up until the night Roy was mauled on stage at Mirage in 2002, the duo were billed as being named “Magicians of the Century.” To be fair they claimed the honor for the previous century as well. And, Angel gets chosen as singular and they had a plural–so, no redundancy.
But I am sad experts expect nothing better for magic than Criss Angel in the next 90 or so years. (Photo: Lanie Crossman)