Criss Angel on failed stunt: "The risks that are at stake are no joke"
UPI News Service, 03/13/2017
Criss Angel has shared what went wrong Friday during a failed straitjacket stunt that sent him to the emergency room.
"This is real," the former "Criss Angel Mindfreak" star said of the incident during an interview with ABC News. "I blur the line between reality and illusion but this demonstration and the risks that are at stake are no joke."
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger for me it's always about pushing my envelope," the 49-year-old continued.
Angel lost consciousness mid-air during his Mindfreak Live! show in Las Vegas Friday as he attempted to perform his famed upside down straitjacket escape while being suspended by his feet.
Angel was then helped down and rushed to the ER at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center.
"Once I started going up I was told that I began my escape and that's all I remembered until I woke up and I was literally surrounded by paramedics and people putting things in my arm," Angel said.
According to the illusionist, he lost consciousness due to not eating properly and from a lack of sleep.
"I felt like it was really attributed to not eating properly," he said.
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"I've only been sleeping about two hours a night the past few days and I don't think I was hydrated so I attributed my unconsciousness to those elements that can cause this."
After being taken to the hospital, Angel chose not to stay behind for observation and within 24 hours of the failed attempt, he successfully completed the stunt for an early Saturday show.
Fans in attendance for Friday's show were issued refunds.
"It's at the mercy of whether or not something's going to work or not," Angel said.
"There's a lot of things I do to thrill audiences and I really do things that have never been done in the history of the art ... so with that comes life and death risks."
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