A long time ago I became aware that Criss Angel had a permit to carry a concealed handgun. He was living at the Luxor when I found out. And, despite the fact that I was disturbed that he could be armed at any given moment, I don’t make the laws of Nevada and Angel apparently followed them. At the time, information on who was allowed to carry a concealed firearm was not public record and I was asked to keep it confidential for Angel’s safety. I was dubious though still obliged.
But an article in the Sun brought to my attention Sunday, that such information is now public record. And, Angel no longer lives at the Luxor surrounded by fans. So, I checked with Metro who confirmed that Angel is indeed still licensed to carry a concealed handgun. So, now I mention this information not to endanger him but to warn the rest of us. After all, this is the magician known locally for his explosive temper as on the memorable night he threatened to take out Norm Clarke of the Review-Journal’s eye. I wonder if he was armed at that moment?
So, Las Vegas if you don’t want a gun toting magician known for his bad temper slurping vodka in your nightclub, be sure to tell Criss Angel to leave the gun at home (and, that should go for any members of his family who might choose to be carrying a weapon as well).
Meanwhile, I am thinking of doing a column on which headliners in Vegas choose to carry guns and their reasons for doing so. It will be interesting to see if Angel agrees to be interviewed on the topic. Angel may have his gun for work only. Magicians need strange tools. Penn and Teller, for example, use guns in their show and so they would have a pragmatic reason to have such a permit.
But I am sort of amazed if any Vegas headliners would be armed for personal safety. Casinos already have very good security and very few celebrities are left unescorted inside a property even for a moment. That would be especially true for a working headliner who lives on property.