Crate Vanish: At a remote location, Criss places several plastic crates that you can see through on the ground. He then has two people raise a sheet and when they drop it, he has vanished.
How He Did It (highlight the following text area if you want to know how Criss did it): Most of these tricks involve mirrors that reflect the ground so you can’t see the magician hiding behind something. Before the trick begins, the magician always “proves” that there are no mirrors by using a person from the crowd. When the illusion begins, some sort of switch or pedal is used and the mirror flips down. Criss then simply dropped to the ground and used the crates and sheet to keep him out of view.
Umbrella Appear: At Not Just Antiques, Criss puts an opened umbrella on a table. When he moves it away from the table, a girl has appeared.
Cut the Deck: Criss picks out a few people from the crowd then shows the camera a normal deck of cards. He asks one person to pick a card and show it to the camera. She then puts it back in the deck where she wants. Another person cuts the deck. Criss then “cuts the deck” by feeding the cards into a shredder. He then takes the card pieces and dumps them on a table. He has the person name the card they picked then puts his hand on the table several times. Eventually, he finds the card in one piece but with several cuts on it. He then repairs the card and makes it 100% whole.
How He Did It (highlight the following text area if you want to know how Criss did it): I know part of this illusion without a doubt. Criss was able to “repair” the card because it is actually a trick card that can have certain pieces of the card slide up and down to make it appear like the card is cut up. The magician then makes those pieces slide back into position and the card is whole again. I’m not positive on how the card was able to withstand the shredder but I’m guessing it was a simple sleeve trick. Before he put the cards in the shredder, he probably hid the chosen card in his sleeve. He then simply grabbed it and placed it on the table while he was doing some of his magical gestures.
Luxor Transposition Mythbusting: In this illusion, Criss will drop a scarf from the roof of the non-pyramid Luxor building and “transpose” himself to the ground in time to catch it. Before he does the actual illusion, he disproves several theories. First up, jumping. Sure you would reach the ground before a scarf but you would also die a horrible death when you hit the ground. Option two, a really fast elevator. This one is laughable and obviously not correct. Three-stairs. It takes a crew member 4:09 to get to the ground and he almost passed out while doing it. Four-Rappelling. It’s close (15 seconds) but just not fast enough.
Bill Tricks: Criss asks for a bill from someone in the audience. He then stabs his pen through the middle of it to create a hole. He then is able to move the hole around the bill. For a second illusion, he takes a different bill and rubs it on his pants to create some static electricity. He then crumples the bill up, rubs his hands on his pants, and makes the bill stick to his hand. He then makes the bill start to float.
How He Did It (highlight the following text area if you want to know how Criss did it): The first one is simple, Criss used a trick bill. With these bills (there are also playing cards similar to this), the paper can move around causing the hole to move around the bill. The static electricity from the second illusion is simple physics. I’m not positive about how he made it float though.
BeLIEve Trick: During his BeLIEve show, Criss has a volunteer inspect a table. He has spectators from the audience surround the table from all sides. He asks the spectators to keep their eyes closed then gets on top of the table. He raises a sheet to his belly button, then further up, and when the sheet is dropped Criss has disappeared. He then reappears in the audience.
Luxor Transposition: Criss has spectators on the roof of the non-pyramid Luxor building and on the ground. He throws a wristband into a crowd and has the person who winds up with it sign his arm to disprove theories involving imposter Criss Angels. He then drops his scarf and gets to the ground to catch it in time.
How He Did It (highlight the following text area if you want to know how Criss did it): Wasn’t it odd that the scarf was dropped in an area where roofing blocked a majority of the camera? I know the arm signing is supposed to disprove the “double” theory but I’m not buying it. Most of these illusions involve doubles. The roof perfectly blocked the ground so the double could slip out of the building and into position to catch the scarf.
Motorcycle Transposition: Criss gets on a motorcycle and parks it in a huge steel cage. The cage is raised and dropped and Criss and the bike disappear in a cloud of smoke. Criss then rides back into view on the bike.
How He Did It (highlight the following text area if you want to know how Criss did it): At one point, Criss drove off out of view of spectators. I know Criss tried to prove it was still him when he came back but he wouldn’t just drive off for no apparent reason. More than likely, he was replaced by his double at that point. However, I’m not sure how the double and bike disappeared during the illusion.