Criss Angel is synonymous with magic. He is an illusionist who performs magic tricks on stage and thrills his audience with fascinating stage acts. Criss is also a musician and performs in the heavy metal genre. There is a lot to know about this magician including the whereabouts of his son, Johnny Crisstopher who is battling cancer, the women in his life, and how his relationship with them ended. Read on to see your curiosity satisfied.
Criss Angel Bio (Age)
Criss Angel was born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos on December 19, 1967, in Hempstead, New York City, New York. He, however, grew up in Elmont and when he was in 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 deduced by now 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 proceed to college as he had made up his mind to pursue a career in performing magic. However, in the quest to build 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 while he was seven years old, and five years on, when he was twelve, Criss would make his first open performance at a show for which he was paid $10. While in high school, he was already known as a magician as he performed his magic tricks at various parks and restaurants around East Meadow. His major inspiration when he was growing up was Harry Houdini, a Hungarian-American stunt performer, and illusionist and he was also mentored by reality TV host Marc Morrone, who was a great help in those early days.
Shows and Net Worth
Criss Angel has a show called the Criss Angel Mindfreak which he produces and airs on the A&E Network. The show which began in 2005 was aired for five years (2005 – 2010) and in those five years, it got more hours on-air than any other magic show before it had gotten before that time. He is also known for the stage show Criss Angel Believe which he debuted on September 26, 2008, and in 2013, the show was rated “the best selling magic show” in Las Vegas.
Criss Angel lives a royal and flamboyant lifestyle befitting his status as the highest-paid magician in the world. His current net worth is put at $50 million, an amount which he has accrued from performances, roadshows, television shows, and foreign rights, including several sponsorships. Also worth mentioning is the revenue that has accrued from his music and books.
Criss owns a 22,000 sq ft mansion in Las Vegas. The palatial edifice has a state-of-the-art home theater, 40 TV screens, more than 100 speakers, and 10,000 watts booms. It also boasts of nine bathrooms, a 3,000 sq ft bedroom suite, three master suite guests rooms, a luxury pool and a spa, a wine cellar, among other sophisticated furniture.
He also has an exotic car collection that will rival that of any royalty. In his collection is a Porsche Turbo, a Rolls Royce, a Bugatti Veyron, several Escalades, and Hummer cars.
Criss Angel is so good with his magical tricks, that fans sometimes wonder if he also has a magic trick for women. He has dated a plethora of women but has taken just two to the altar in holy matrimony. His first marriage was to JoAnn Winkhart in 2002. Despite being his longtime girlfriend before they got married, the union ended in divorce after only four years, in 2006. Two years later, he started dating Holly Madison, the ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner but the relationship ended in February 2009.
On September 7, 2011, Criss Angel and Sandra Gonzalez got engaged in Mexico. Criss proposed to her with a $300,000 diamond ring but the engagement was called off and they went their separate way after four years together. It was reported that she lost the ring in one of their fights and she sued him for repayment but lost.
His next marriage was to songwriter and singer, Shaunyl Benson who was half Aussie and half Filipino. They were joined in matrimony in 2014 but soon got divorced just after one year. He then met Belina Peregrin Schüll, a Mexican actress, and singer in 2016 during the filming of one of his programs in Mexico. They started dating in November 2016 and broke up eight months later in July 2017.
Criss Angel Son
Criss Angel always wants the world to believe that he is single and that’s why his relationships are always coded and hidden under the wraps. We are sure that there have been more women in his life than we can possibly realize in this lifetime. Criss has a son and this only became public knowledge in 2015 when he (his son) was diagnosed of cancer and he had to cancel his Vegas magical show to be by his son’s side in the hospital. 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 battles with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and undergoes chemotherapy frequently and Criss wishes he could swap his good health for his son’s cancer.
Is Criss Angel Dead?
The rumor and speculation about Criss Angel’s death came as a result of an accident that occurred on one of his shows in Las Vegas. Criss was performing live in his “Mindfreak Live!” show on March 10, 2017, at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada when he passed out on stage. Just 10 minutes into the show, Criss struggled to get out of a straight jacket while hanging upside down but couldn’t and so he passed out. The show was canceled and everyone was shown out of the theater.
Even though he was rushed to the hospital and released almost immediately afterward, speculations continued to spread that he was dead. But Criss Angel is hale and hearty.
Height and Other Facts
Criss Angel is a six-footer (183 cm) and weighs 75 kg (165 lbs). His hair color is black and his eye color is dark brown.
As a young boy, his family members were always part of his magic acts. Once he made his mother float mid-air in the family yard.
He has become the most-watched magician on the internet and his viewership numbers are the highest in history. The “Walk on Water” trick alone had about 50 million views by 2017 and in total, his videos have received more than 300 million views.
Many may not know that Criss Angel was a musician too. He was the lead singer of the heavy metal band dubbed “Angel” and they have released several albums to date.
Criss has authored a bestselling book titled Mindfreak: Secret Revelations.