On Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, world-renowned illusionist Criss Angel marked his return to his original Las Vegas home by celebrating the grand opening of Criss Angel MINDFREAK®, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Debuting never-before-seen sequences – including 75 of Angel’s iconic signature illusions – the state-of-the-art theatrical production featured countless fully-immersive special effects.
“Opening MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood has been a conceptual dream for 20 years and I’m so honored to experience this journey alongside those who have supported me from the start,” says Angel. “MINDFREAK is a show designed to overload the senses and I would not have been able to create such an insane, monumental production without the incredible work of the entire MINDFREAK team, the best partners in the business, friends and family far and wide, and of course my loyal fans.”
The Criss Angel Theater welcomed guests to Las Vegas’ first high-tech experiential lobby with cutting-edge interactive elements. The reimagined stage is outfitted with some of the most sophisticated technology available in the world today. The visual feast includes more than 500 million pixels of video on over 90 surfaces, more lights than any show on the planet, custom-made fire & pyrotechnic effects, and advanced 3D holographic and immersive technology.
The evening began with a star-studded red carpet to commemorate the monumental reveal and welcome MINDFREAK to Planet Hollywood. Angel’s family, celebrity friends, guests and colleagues were seen sharing their excitement and posing for photos ahead of showtime, including
Gary Oldman, Academy-Award winning actor
Jonathan Davis, lead vocalist and front man for KORN
Lance Burton, renowned magician and former Las Vegas headliner
Wayne Newton, celebrated performer and Las Vegas headliner
Jonathan & Drew Scott, stars of Property Brothers on HGTV
Mark Davis, owner and managing general partner of the Oakland Raiders
Randy Couture, TV personality and 6X UFC Champion
Flavor Flav, rapper and television personality
Kevin Olusola, beatboxer/bass for Pentatonix,
Lita Ford, former lead guitarist for the Runaways
Carrot Top, stand-up comedian and Las Vegas headliner
Lala Kent, star of Vanderpump Rules
Randall Emmett, film and television producer,
DJ Paul, founding member of Three 6 Mafia
Paul Kemsley, property developer and television personality
Jeff Timmons, founding member of 98 Degrees, and
Mike Hammer, Las Vegas comedian and magician.
Following Angel’s 15-years-in-the-making signature levitation finale – hailed by his peers as the greatest illusion of all time – and multiple standing ovations, Angel was met on stage by executives from Caesars Entertainment and BASE Entertainment who surprised him with a $10,000 donation to Angel’s Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation. After reveling in the excitement, guests were treated to a private after party thrown for Angel by Robert Earl, Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood, where they sipped on libations, danced to beats by DJ Josh Bliss, and congratulated Angel for the evening’s overwhelming success.
The Criss Angel MINDFREAK residency performs in the Criss Angel Theater, Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. with select dates including an additional performance at 9:30 p.m.
Criss Angel MINDFREAK was created, directed, and produced by Criss Angel for APWI and is presented by Caesars Entertainment and BASE Entertainment.