Criss Angel is a synonym for magic. He is an illusionist who performs magic tricks on stage and delights his audience with fascinating stage plays. Criss is also a musician and performs in the heavy metal genre. There is much to know about this magician, including the whereabouts of his son Johnny Cristopher, who is fighting cancer, the women in his life, and how his relationship with them ended. Read on to satisfy your curiosity.
Criss Angel’s Bio (Age)
Criss Angel was born as Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos on December 19, 1967, in Hempstead, New York City, New York. However, he grew up in Elmont, and when he was in the fourth grade, his family moved to East Meadow, still in New York. His father’s name was John Sarantakos and he was a restaurateur; his mother’s name is Dimitra Sarantakos. If you are good with languages, you would have already concluded that Criss Angel is of Greek descent (from his name). The magician has two siblings – Costa and J.D. Sarantakos.
He attended East Meadow High School but did not go to college because he decided to pursue a career in magic. However, in search of a career in magic, he tried to educate himself by going to public libraries frequently, where he studied magic, music, mysticism, and even martial arts.
His interest in the dark arts began when he was seven years old, and five years later, when he was twelve, Criss made his first public appearance at a show for which he received $10. Even during high school, he was known as a magician, performing his magic tricks in various parks and restaurants in East Meadow. Growing up, his main inspiration was Harry Houdini, a Hungarian-American stunt actor, and illusionist, and he was also mentored by reality TV host Marc Morrone, who was a great help to him in those early days.
Shows and Net Worth
Criss Angel has a show called “Criss Angel Mindfreak” which he produces and broadcasts in the A&E network. The show, which started in 2005, was broadcast for five years (2005 – 2010), and in those five years, it received more hours of airtime than any other magic show before that time. He is also known for the stage show Criss Angel Believe, which he premiered on September 26, 2008, and the show was rated “the best-selling magic show” in Las Vegas in 2013.
Criss Angel lives a royal and extravagant lifestyle that reflects his status as the world’s highest-paid magician. His current net worth is estimated at $50 million, an amount that he has earned through performances, roadshows, television shows, and foreign rights, including several sponsorship agreements. Also worth mentioning are the revenues generated by his music and books.
Criss owns a 22,000 square foot mansion in Las Vegas. The palatial building features a state-of-the-art home theater, 40 television screens, more than 100 speakers, and 10,000-watt booms. It also features nine bathrooms, a 3,000 square foot bedroom suite, three guest rooms in the master suite, a luxurious pool and spa, a wine cellar, and other sophisticated furniture.
It also has a collection of exotic cars to rival that of any royal family. 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 that fans sometimes wonder if he has a magic trick for women. He has dated a variety of women but has only led two to the altar in holy matrimony. His first marriage was with JoAnn Winkhart in 2002. Although she was his long-time girlfriend before their marriage, the relationship ended in divorce after only four years, in 2006. Two years later, he started dating Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend, but the relationship ended in February 2009.
On September 7, 2011, Criss Angel and Sandra Gonzalez became engaged in Mexico. Criss proposed to her with a diamond ring worth $300,000, but the engagement was broken and after four years together they went their own way. It was reported that she lost the ring in one of her fights and she sued him for repayment but lost.
His next marriage was to singer/songwriter Shaunyl Benson, who was half Aussie and half Filipino. They were married in 2014 but divorced soon after a year. While filming one of his programs in Mexico, he met the Mexican actress and singer Belina Peregrin Schüll in 2016. Their dates began in November 2016 and broke up eight months later in July 2017.
Criss Angel always wants the world to believe that he is single, and therefore his relationships are always encrypted and hidden under the cover. We are sure that there have been more women in his life than we can even realize in this life. Criss has a son, and this did not become public until 2015 when he (his son) was diagnosed with cancer and he had to cancel his magic show in Vegas to be at the hospital alongside his son. It was then realized that his one-year marriage to Shaunyl Benson from 2014 to 2015 produced a child. Today, his son, Johnny Crisstopher Sarantakos, still struggles with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and undergoes frequent chemotherapy, and Criss wishes he could trade his good health for his son’s cancer.
Is Criss Angel Dead?
The rumors and speculations about Criss Angel’s death were caused by an accident that happened during one of his shows in Las Vegas. Criss was performing live on March 10, 2017, on his show “Mindfreak Live!” at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he passed out on stage. Only 10 minutes after the show started, Criss was struggling upside down to get out of a straitjacket, but he couldn’t, so he fainted. The show was canceled, and everyone was escorted out of the theater.
Although he was quickly taken to hospital and released almost immediately afterward, there was always speculation that he was dead. But Criss Angel is alive and well.
Height and Other Facts
Criss Angel is 1.80 m (183 cm) tall and weighs 75 kg (165 lbs). His hair color is black and his eyes are dark brown.
As a small boy, his family members were always part of his magical actions. Once he let his mother float in the air in the family yard.
He has become the most-watched magician on the Internet, and his audience is the highest in history. The “Walk on Water” trick alone had an audience of around 50 million by 2017, and his videos were viewed more than 300 million times in total.
Many may not know that Criss Angel was also a musician. He was the lead singer of the heavy metal band “Angel”, which has released several albums to date.
Criss wrote a bestseller book with the title “Mindfreak”: Secret Revelations.