This certainly won't help his ticket sales, unless he's looking to fill the seats with insensitive assholes!
We've just gotten word that earlier this month, there was an incident at Criss Angel's Vegas gig that pissed off a lot of people. During one of his Cirque De Soleil performances, Angel performed a trick in which he asked an audience member to think of a word as he would read the person's mind.
Whether the trick is conjured by the use of a paid actor or actual magical skill doesn't really matter. Either way, the word "read" from the participant's thoughts that evening sent some of the company into an angry rage.
The phrase, which was theatrically written out in huge lettering on banner for the entire audience to see, was "faggot."
According to the source, the incident offended several of his dancers, who demanded that he apologize for his ignorance. True to form, he refused and as we understand it, the dancers went to the Cirque management and announced they were considering a walk out.
As for Cirque management, they claimed the audience member was British and meant cigarettes. How convenient- a scenario that doesn't require Criss to apologize.
The company released this official statement in regards to the incident:
“On December 10, an inappropriate word was selected by an audience member as part of the premonition illusion in CRISS ANGEL Believe. It was made clear to the audience that the word is not one that is used or condoned by Criss Angel or any of the artists in the show, and the emphasis on the word was deflected during the illusion. Audience members are typically not pre-briefed as to the words they can use. Since the occurrence, a protocol has been put in place in case the situation should reoccur.”
Once again, Criss Angel proves himself to be an ignorant coward and it seems his new home at Cirque is just where he belongs, since they seem to be as ignorant as he.
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