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					Criss Angel: Magic is a Painful Art

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But teaching a young magician how to make a styrofoam cup float or to vanish a toothpick is not
the same as revealing the true secrets of our profession.

 The book does reveal the method behind his most gruesome effect: hanging by fishhooks
whist being dragged through the Nevada desert skies.

 The secret is all in the preparation.

 "Yes, it did hurt," said Angel. "But I focus my mind on the pain so I get numb to it." Mr. Angel
writes that he did not use a numbing agent to ease tremendous pain he felt as his back was
pierced with hooks and bolts and was then lifted 1,000 feet in the air.

 The first three chapters are not for the faint of heart. (The passages about his brother
"burping" his skin after the stunt turned our stomach each time we read it).

 Mr. Angel's recently announced deal with the Luxor Hotel will have him performing almost 500
shows a year for ten years.

 He ends the interview with a typical Criss Angel quote, filled with paradox and intrigue: "In
magic, I've never seen anything that can't be explained or reproduced and I believe anything is
possible if you want it enough."




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