Guest Author - Cheril Vernon
For those who watched last week's live one-hour special episode of Criss Angel Mindfreak on its fourth season on A&E, you know that Criss narrowly escaped death once again.
During the "Building Implosion Escape" episode on July 30, Criss was shackled in the six-story Spyglass Resort hotel in Clearwater, Florida that was loaded with explosives and set to detonate. Criss had to escape the restraints and overcome other obstacles (four doors and five padlocks) in order to make it up four flights of stairs to a hovering helicopter on the roof before the building implodes in front of a large crowd, cameras and viewers at home.
Well, he didn't exactly escape the way he planned. Nothing seemed to go right. Criss was unable to pick the locks on the door and was forced to break through a pane of glass to get back inside the hotel. He also was unable to pick all of the locks on the stairwell doors as the seconds on his dangerous stunt counted down. As the building was 10 seconds away from imploding, the helicopter was forced to move away to avoid the implosion, making it appear that Criss was still inside the hotel when it imploded.
After a worried crowd and Mindfreak team seemed to think he had died, he emerged moments later from the rubble, dazed and covered in dust.
Was Criss really in the building when it imploded? Many of his fans seemed visible upset and online many reported crying thinking he had died. Others are skeptics to how he escaped.
More than anything, Criss is known for his illusions, and as long as he keeps us guessing, that's okay with me.
Season four of Criss Angel Mindfreak actually started on July 23 kicking off with the "Walk On Lake" one-hour series premiere. In this episode, Criss walked on the world�s largest man-made lake, Lake Mead in Nevada, among spectators and boaters.
According to A&E, this upcoming season will feature more illusions, death-defying escapes, demonstrations and astonishing physical feats including being cremated alive, walking through steel and inviting skeptics to be part of a deadly challenge where one wrong move will cost him his life.
Upcoming episodes include:
Skeptic - (Saturday, Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. ET and Thursday, Aug. 7 at 2 a.m. ET) Placing several advertisements and postings seeking those who are skeptical of his abilities, Criss invites skeptics to be part of a deadly challenge. Late, he invites his most loyal fans to spend time together for a variety of special tricks and illusions.
Nail Gun - (Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, Aug. 7 at 2:30 a.m. ET and Saturday, Aug. 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET) In this episode, Criss attempts to catch a razor-sharp nail traveling at 1400 feet per second with his bare hands. Onlookers include Anthony Michael Hall. While giving a tour of Criss' secret warehouse, Criss uses a jigsaw to cut through a fan's arm. At a park, Criss' crew is late for a game of football so Criss makes two players appear from thin air. When the crew arrives, Criss makes a football levitate.
Cremation - (Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 10:30 p.m. ET and Thursday, Aug. 14 at 2:30 a.m. ET) Specators will watch in horror as they see Criss cremated alive. Criss also will attempt to walk through a steel door.
Barrel Drop - (Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 10 p.m. ET and Thursday, Aug. 14 at 2 a.m. ET) Criss is handcuffed and placed in an 85-gallon drum, which is then secured in a wooden box and hoisted 100 feet above spectators. Once the box reaches its peak, the box is set to automatically release the barrel and contents, regardless if Criss has escaped or not. Criss must escape the handcuffs, barrel, and box before crashing to the ground.