Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, professionally known as Criss Angel, is a magician, illusionist, and musician from the United States. Angel started his career in New York City, but then he moved to the Las Vegas Valley, which is now his home.
He is known for his roles in the TV and stage shows Criss Angel Mindfreak and Criss Angel Believe, which he did with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. In 2010, the show brought $150 million in tourist money to Las Vegas.
In 2016, Mindfreak LIVE! took its place (the show is partly produced by Cirque du Soleil; however, the directive rights are entire with Criss Angel). He was also in the TV shows Criss Angel BeLIEve on Spike TV, Phenomenon on NBC, and Criss Angel Magicjam in 2014.
He also holds a number of world records that were set during his magic shows. The International Magicians Society named him Magician of the Decade in 2009 and Magician of the Century in 2010.
Early Years and Education
Criss Angel was born at Hempstead General Hospital in Hempstead, New York, on Long Island, on December 19, 1967. He is of Greek descent. Angel lived in Elmont with his family until he was in the fourth grade when they moved to East Meadow, New York. John Sarantakos was his father. He ran a restaurant and a doughnut shop.
He developed an interest in magic at age seven and performed his first show at age 12, for which he was paid $10. Harry Houdini was his main inspiration when he was young. By age 14, Angel was performing throughout high school at restaurants in East Meadow, including the Wine Gallery.
Angel’s first major illusion was making his mother float in their family den. At the beginning of his career, animal breeder and reality TV host Marc Morrone helped him find and train a pair of doves for his act.
By the time he graduated from East Meadow High School, he had decided to become a professional magician instead of going to college as his parents wanted. From what the Biography Channel says, “Angel went on the road and started touring with other traveling shows.
While he was traveling and doing shows, he tried to learn more on his own by reading about the history of magic in public libraries. He also learned about mystical arts, music, martial arts, and dance.”
Is Criss Angel Gay?
No, Сrіsѕ Аngеl is nеіthеr Gау nоr bіѕехuаl his ѕехuаl оrіеntаtіоn іѕ ѕtrаіght. Angel was involved with a number of women, including ЈоАnn Wіnkhаrrt, Ноllу Маdіѕоn, аnd Ѕhаunnуl Веnѕоn. Angel is blessed with two children with Ѕhаunnуl Веnѕоn.
In 2000, Criss Angel was dating a woman named JoAnn Winkhart. Criss and JoAnn Winkhart got married in 2002, but things didn’t work out, and in 2006 they split up. He dated Holly Madison in November 2008, but they broke up in February 2009.
Criss Angel started dating Shaunyl Benson in 2012. Criss Angel and his girlfriend had their first child, a boy named Johnny, in 2014. In 2019, they had their second child, a boy named Xristos. But when Johnny was about two years old, he was told he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His treatment was successful, but the disease came back when he was five years old.