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A Reality Show, focusing on the exploits of stage magician and illusionist Criss Angel. If anything, it's pretty much a Spiritual Successor to Criss Angel Mindfreak, except on Spike TV. Much like Mindfreak, it focused on the development and execution of his Major Illusion of the Day, along with smaller street magic segments performed for members of the public—in a slight subversion, he actually explains how said illusions work.

The series was produced to mark the five-year anniversary of Criss Angel's Las Vegas stage show of the same name. As such, it was set primarily in Las Vegas, primarily at his new secret warehouse base.

11 episodes were planned for the first season, but the planned season finale "Trinity" was shelved after Criss required shoulder surgery following the Double Straightjacket stunt, which in turn required him to temporarily place his main stage show on hiatus as well. Only 10 episodes aired, and the show magically disappeared without a second season.

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  • Animate Dead: One episode featured Criss "reviving" a dead body for a few moments.
  • Enforced Plug: Every episode featured commercials at some point for its namesake Vegas show, and his FloatIt "anti-gravity" floating card.
  • Russian Roulette: One episode featured a presentation homaging Lord of Illusions, where Criss was strapped to a platform with six swords hanging above him, and had to predict the order that a group of randomly selected audience members would drop the swords.
  • Spiritual Successor: It had many similarities with his A&E series Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: As the show was built around his long-running Las Vegas residence, it made perfect sense that it would be set here (for the most part. The Double Straightjacket stunt took place in New York City instead).

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