- Christopher Sarantakos
- Birth date: December 19, 1967
- Birth place: East Meadow, New York
- Marital status: Divorced
- Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
- Website: www.crissangel.com
Criss Angel first became interested in magic at the age of 6, a relative showed him a magic card trick. Two of his biggest magic influences are Harry Houdini and Aldo Richiardi. As a teenager, Angel performed at birthday parties, at night clubs, at home to entertain his family, and at private events. Early in his magic career, magician James Randi designed Angel's professional business card. Criss received magic lessons at his local magic shop in New Jersey by Ian Wagner.
Angel performed World Of Illusion at Madison Square Garden in 1998. Criss then scored an off Broadway show titled "Criss Angel Mindfreak", which ran up until January 6, 2003 following a run of 600 performances at The World in The World Underground Theater in Times Square.
Angel discusses magic and his life in Mindfreak: Secret Revelations (published April 24, 2007), which became a Los Angeles Times best seller.
Criss Angel is the star and creator of the A&E Network show CRISS ANGEL: MINDFREAK. Seasons 1 and 2 were filmed at the The Aladdin in Las Vegas, with Season 3 at the Luxor Hotel. Premiering on July 20, 2005, the illusions have included walking on water, levitating above the Luxor Hotel, floating between two buildings, causing a Lamborghini to disappear, surviving in an exploding C4 Crate,
Criss is scheduled to begin filming Season 4 of MINDFREAK in October 2007, and the show is scheduled to run for two more seasons after that.
- He is an accomplished dancer
- He is good friends with Korn's lead singer, Jonathan Davis
- Musician and actor
- Award-winning Illusionist, stuntman and TV personality