Criss Angel Rushed to Hospital After Stunt Gone Wrong

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Beloved illusionist and magician, Criss Angel was rushed to the hospital Friday after losing consciousness while performing an onstage stunt in his Las Vegas show, “Mindfreak Live!”

According to guests at the show, PEOPLE reports the 49-year-old headliner became cataleptic just 10 minutes into the show while performing his double-straitjacket act while hanging upside down.

The 90-minute showcase came to an abrupt halt when audiences were horrified to find Angel not moving. TMZ reveals he was then was rushed to the ER at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center and discharged hours later.

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This isn’t the first time Angel has scared audiences. In 2013, he suffered a shoulder injury when performing a similar stunt in New York City, forcing him to take a 10-week hiatus of his show Believe. Similar to Friday’s stunt, it required him to hang upside down while buckled into a double-straitjacketed harness.

Members in the audience took to social media to report Friday’s accident, also sharing that they were given full refunds after the show.

Reporter, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted Saturday, “Am now confidently told ‘things are going on as scheduled’ for @crissangel. His crew is prepared to be onstage tonight @LuxorLV.”

[H/T Instagram / @CrissAngel]


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