Cirque du Soleil and Luxor Celebrate Premiere of Criss Angel Believe

November 3, 2008 by  

Cirque du Soleil and Luxor celebrated the gala premiere of Criss Angel Believe on Halloween, October 31, 2008. 

Halloween is particularly significant for Criss Angel Believe as it marks the anniversary of the passing of legendary magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. In an attempt to pay homage to the late/great Harry Houdini, Criss chose “Believe” as the title for this unprecedented live experience.

Every Halloween for 10 years following Harry Houdini’s death, his wife held a vigil to test the legitimacy of people who claimed to be able to communicate with Houdini. To claim success they needed to say the code word – BELIEVE.

Claudia Barilla, Guy Laliberte, illusionist Criss Angel and Holly Madison arrive at the premiere of 'Criss Angel Believe' by Cirque du Soleil (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil)

Claudia Barilla, Guy Laliberte, illusionist Criss Angel and Holly Madison arrive at the premiere of Criss Angel Believe by Cirque du Soleil (Photos by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Criss Angel Believe, by Cirque du Soleil is a haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil.

Unlike traditional magic-themed shows, Criss Angel Believe transcends any preconceived notion of what it means to be emotionally engaged by the arts of mysticism and illusion. The show is a fantasy, an allegory, a highly theatrical tableau of mood, reverie and emotion set against a backdrop of dreamlike darkness and light.

Criss Angel stars as a surreal, enigmatic Victorian Noble. Along a path of imaginative exploration, he encounters Kayala and Crimson, two women who represent different aspects of femininity. Along his path he discovers four comical Ushers who introduce the audience to the baroque theater of Criss’ mind. The production features an intense troupe of characters and dancers who mix a multitude of styles into a high-energy visual feast, punctuated by moments of grace and sensuality.

The stunning illusions in Criss Angel Believe are not presented as standalone elements, but as interdependent components using heightened imagery, fantastical creatures and impossible feats of legerdemain, all of which are integrated into the dazzling, colorful fabric of the story.

Criss Angel Believe is presented in a custom-built theater at Luxor Las Vegas.  For more information, visit .

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