Criss Angel Successfully Completes Straitjacket Stunt After Being Rushed to Hospital One Day Earlier
The incident occurred Friday night during Angel's Mindfreak Live! show at the Luxor hotel
Just a few minutes into Criss Angel’s Las Vegas show Mindfreak Live!, the famous illusionist reportedly became unconsciousness while performing his double-straitjacket act, according to guests at the show.
The 90-minute showcase came to an abrupt halt on Friday evening at the Luxor hotel, and Angel, 49, was rushed to the ER at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, according to TMZ. He was discharged hours later.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Angel’s reps confirmed that he lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital. They also added that he hoped to return to the stage on Saturday after undergoing additional tests.
“Criss Angel routinely performs some of the world’s most dangerous illusions and escapes live on stage,” Angel’s rep said. “During Friday evening’s performance, while attempting his famed upside down straitjacket escape while suspended by his feet, he lost consciousness. He was lowered to the stage and rushed to the hospital where he was evaluated and released early this morning. He is undergoing additional testing today and while it is not yet certain, it is his hope to return to the stage in his hit show MINDFREAK® LIVE! at Luxor Las Vegas tonight. He is grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from his fans around the world.
“Due to Friday’s events, Criss and his son Johnny Crisstopher were unable to attend a previously scheduled appearance at a fundraiser for Make‐A‐Wish of Southern Nevada Saturday morning,” the rep continued. “In his absence, a representative of HELP, the non‐profit Criss created to find a cure for pediatric cancer, presented Make‐A‐Wish with a $100,000 donation.”
Angel did end up returning to the stage and successfully completed the straitjacket stunt in one of his early Saturday shows.
Members in the audience took to social media to report Friday’s accident, also sharing that they were given full refunds after the show.
Back in 2013, Angel suffered a shoulder injury when he performed a similar stunt in New York City’s Times Square, forcing a 10-week hiatus of his show Believe. The act requires him to hang upside down while buckled into a double-straitjacketed harness.