“I am overjoyed to hear that my good friend Criss Angel has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Brotherhood of Magicians! The IBM is the world’s largest magic organization and I have been a proud member for 44 years. On behalf of magicians around the world I say CONGRATULATIONS CRISS! Your show makes me proud to be a magician!”
–– Lance Burton
Superstar magician Criss Angel who currently has his show Mindfreak Live at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is to be presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. The award will be presented at the 2018 I.B.M. Convention which will take place in Grand Rapids Michigan from July 4-7.
With more prime-time television hours than any other magician in history and his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his contributions to the art of magic have inspired a new generation of magicians. Having the most successful magic show of today, Mindfreak Live is a testament to his vast cultural impact.
Simone Marron, International Secretary for the International Brotherhood of Magicians said, “Featuring over 50 magic effects, this exhilarating, innovative and breathtaking experience is a perfect example of what a Las Vegas show should be.” She added, “This incomparable honor has only been presented previously to two commercial legendary magicians – Siegfried & Roy, and now Criss Angel joins them as the most successful magician of our day.”
Criss Angel is also known for his philanthropical pursuits. He has granted over 50 wishes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has raised over $2,000,000 for pediatric cancer research through his Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation.
This award has been presented a mere five times in the 95-year history of the organization, making Criss Angel the youngest recipient of this distinguished honor, which was approved unanimously by the I.B.M. Board of Trustees at its Midyear Meeting by those in attendance.
Criss commented after receiving the news, “I’m grateful to be recognized by my peers with this highest honor, and vow to continue to take the art we all love even further, especially in my next live project I’m currently creating.” Criss’s contract at the Luxor ends October 28th, 2018, and he is very close to announcing the location of his next show.
The next day Angel added to his statement, “There’s the I.B.M. that truly means everything, and then, in no disrespect, everyone else!”
The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the largest magical organization in the world. Founded in 1922, its mission is to promote fellowship and the advancement of magic as an entertainment art through premier publications, quality conventions, an international structure and progressive leadership. The I.B.M. has active chapters in 81 countries worldwide. If you are interested in joining this prestigious organization, go to www.magician.org.
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