Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 | 2:08 p.m.
“Believe” at the Luxor magician headliner Criss Angel is “resting and doing well” early today after more than three hours of shoulder surgery. His doctors repaired his right rotator cuff torn in two places and a torn left bicep.
Criss, also the star of “Believe” on Spike TV, sustained the injuries as a result of his escape stunts in recent years. Sports medicine surgeon Neal S. ElAttrache (Los Angeles Dodgers and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers) oversaw Tuesday’s pre-op sessions and completed the surgery Wednesday.
A pre-Christmas Spike TV broadcast from Times Square in New York in an upside down, iron-weighted, double-straight jacket demonstration finally wrecked them.
“It was undergo surgery or stop performing,” Criss told me.
His show “Believe” with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor will not resume until early April. In asking me to thank all of his fans, The Loyals, for their support, well-wishes and prayers, he told me that he plans to be back here within 11 days after undergoing physical rehabilitation.
Criss also starts final rehearsals of his new show “Magic Jamz” that opens at Luxor for February and March. Criss will only act as the guest MC during the recovery period and will introduce a lineup of magicians from the “Believe” Spike series.
The show is set to premiere Feb. 4 with Banachek, Nathan Burton and other illusionists from the TV series, including the debut of Criss’s discovery and protege Krystyn Lambert.
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One of the most iconic resorts on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the resort’s interior rewards visitors with equal parts excitement, mystery and intrigue.
This 4,405-room resort features a wide variety of entertainment including world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez (spring 2013), the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe, the provocative adult revue, FANTASY, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical and the exclusive LAX Nightclub.
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