Criss Angel is synonymous with magic. He is an illusionist who performs magic tricks on stage and thrills his audience with fascinating numbers. Criss is also a musician and plays in the heavy metal genre. There’s a lot to know about this magician, including the whereabouts of his son, Johnny Crisstopher, who is battling cancer, the women in his life, and the end of his relationship with them. Read on to see your curiosity satisfied.
Criss Angel’s Bio (Age)
Criss Angel was born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos on December 19, 1967 in Hempstead, New York, New York. However, he grew up in Elmont and when he was in fourth grade, his family moved to East Meadow, still in New York. His father was called John Sarantakos and he was a restaurant owner; his mother’s name is Dimitra Sarantakos. If you are fluent in languages, you would have already deduced that Criss Angel is of Greek origin (from her name). The magician has two siblings – Costa and JD Sarantakos.
He attended East Meadow High School but didn’t make it to college as he had made up his mind to pursue a career in magic. However, in his pursuit of a career in magic, he tried to educate himself by frequently frequenting public libraries where he studied magic, music, mysticism, and even martial arts.
His interest in black arts began when he was seven years old and five years later, at the age of twelve, Criss would perform for the first time at a show for which he would receive 10 $. In high school, he was already known as a magician as he performed his magic tricks in various parks and restaurants around East Meadow. Harry Houdini, a Hungarian-American stuntman and illusionist, was his main inspiration. He was also mentored by reality TV host Marc Morrone, who helped him a lot in his early days.
Shows and net worth
Criss Angel has a show called the Criss Angel Mindfreak which he produces and airs on the A&E network. The show which started in 2005 aired for five years (2005 – 2010) and during those five years, it had more airtime than any other magic show before. He is also known for the show Criss Angel Believe which he debuted on September 26, 2008 and in 2013 the show was rated as the “best selling magic show” in Las Vegas.
Criss Angel lives a regal and flamboyant lifestyle befitting her status as the highest paid magician in the world. His current net worth is estimated at $50 million, an amount he has accumulated through performances, traveling shows, TV shows and foreign rights, including several sponsorships. It is also worth mentioning the income generated by his music and books.
Criss owns a 22,000 square foot mansion in Las Vegas. The palatial building has a state-of-the-art home cinema, 40 television screens, more than 100 speakers and 10,000 watts. It also boasts of nine bathrooms, a 3,000 square foot suite, three guest bedrooms, a luxury pool and spa, a wine cellar, among other sophisticated furnishings.
He also has a collection of exotic cars that will rival any royalty. His collection includes a Porsche Turbo, a Rolls Royce, a Bugatti Veyron, several Escalades and Hummers.
Criss Angel is so good with his magic tricks, fans sometimes wonder if he has a magic trick for women too. He went out with a plethora of wives, but only took two to the altar in holy matrimony. His first marriage was to JoAnn Winkhart in 2002. Although he was his longtime girlfriend before their marriage, the union ended after only four years of divorce, in 2006. Two years later he began dating with Holly Madison, ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner. but the relationship ended in February 2009.
On September 7, 2011, Criss Angel and Sandra Gonzalez got engaged in Mexico. Criss offered her a $300,000 diamond ring, but the engagement was called off and they separated after four years together. It was reported that she lost the ring in one of their fights and she sued him for a refund, but lost.
His next marriage was songwriter and singer, Shaunyl Benson, who was both Australian and Filipino. They were married in 2014, but divorced shortly after a year. He then met Belina Peregrin Schüll, a Mexican actress and singer in 2016 while filming one of his programs in Mexico. They started dating in November 2016 and broke up eight months later in July 2017.
Criss Angel still wants the world to believe he’s single and that’s why his relationships are still coded and hidden. We are sure that there were more women in his life than we could realize in this lifetime. Criss has a son and it only came to public notice in 2015 when her son was diagnosed with cancer. He had to cancel his Magic Vegas show to be with his son in the hospital. It was then realized that her one-year marriage to Shaunyl Benson from 2014 to 2015 had given birth to a child. Today, her son, Johnny Crisstopher Sarantakos, is still battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He frequently undergoes chemotherapy treatments. Criss wishes she could trade her good health for her son’s cancer.
Is Criss Angel dead?
Rumor and speculation about Criss Angel’s death arose following an accident during one of her shows in Las Vegas. Criss was performing live on his show “Mindfreak Live!” On March 10, 2017 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada when he passed out on stage. Just 10 minutes into the show, Criss struggled to get out of a straitjacket while hanging upside down, but he couldn’t and passed out. The show was canceled and everyone was shown out of the theater.
Although he was taken to hospital and released almost immediately afterwards, rumors swirled that he was dead. But Criss Angel is safe and sound.
Height and other facts
Criss Angel is 183cm (six feet) tall and weighs 75kg (165lbs). Her hair is black and her eyes are dark brown.
As a young boy, his family members were always part of his magical acts. He once floated his mother through the air in the family yard.
He has become the most watched magician on the internet and his viewing figures are the highest in history. The ‘Walk on Water’ trick alone had around 50 million views by 2017 and its videos had totaled over 300 million views.
Many may not know that Criss Angel was also a musician. He was the lead singer of the heavy metal band nicknamed ‘Angel’ and they have released several albums to date.
Criss has written a bestselling book titled Mindfreak: Secret Revelations.