While most people give up on magic tricks when they hit puberty, the fortunate few who persevere can wind up on a lucrative career path.
To put this into context, the highest paid magician, David Copperfield, earned far more in the last year than the highest paid TV actress, Sofia Vergara, and virtually the same amount as the highest-paid actor in the world Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnsonaccording to Forbes.
While Copperfield, a famed American illusionist, made an estimated $64m (£52m) in 2016, Johnson earned $64.5m (£53m) and Modern Family actress Vergara earned $43m (£35m) in the same period.
Copperfield, who has walked through the Great Wall of China, made the Statue of Liberty disappear and levitated over the Grand Canyon, is a near-billionaire. Forbes estimated his net worth at $800m (£654m) in 2013 and estimates him to be the most commercially successful magician in history. Read more…
PEOPLE Now caught up with the illusionist on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, and the star dished all about his one-hour television special coming to A&E Wednesday.
“I’ve done more hours of magic on television than any magician in the history of TV — that’s a fact — and I’ve never done anything as exciting as this show tonight,” said Angel, 48. “Over 40 crazy demonstrations in an hour! We blow people’s minds.”
One of his most astonishing tricks? When he turns himself into a human shish kabob — “a Criss Kabob,” if you will — much to the shock of the restaurant’s patrons.
“I spin, and a sword goes through me that they use to hold the meat,” said Angel, quipping: “I’m healing good.”… Read more…
Criss Angel wants it. He wants it so badly. He wants to be the biggest, baddest, greatest magician in the history of recorded time, space and dimension.
He wants that so bad he can feel it, and watching him impose his will on his audience at “Mindfreak Live!” at Luxor, you feel it, too.
“Are you ready!!” he calls from the stage. “I can’t hear you!!” Always with the shouting! This is commanding the audience’s attention in the most undiluted fashion, and Angel’s fans are eager to rise and shout right back.
But if you’re among the fans of a more nuanced experience than this Goth-rock-magic show, you’ll brace at this approach — and probably wish you’d worn earplugs.Read more…