Criss Angel Mindfreak

 
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Magic + stunts = explosive entertainment.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Angel is the poster boy for making questionable choices, but he's the only one who suffers physically from the stunts. His apparent ambiguity to the emotions he subjects his family to is a little disconcerting.

Violence

There's a lot of self-inflicted pain, but no violence.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Multiple uses of "damn" and "hell," but harsher words are bleeped out.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Spectators on the street, in restaurants, or casinos are often smoking and drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that each episode of this series begins with a strong disclaimer for good reason, as the stunts performed could be deadly. Although Angel and his team plan for every possible mishap, the fact that he makes a spectator sport out of self-inflicted pain is disturbing. The show at least attempts to portray the seriousness of the stunts and follows up on any resulting injuries.

What's the story?

In the world of illusionists, "mindfreak" is defined as "a modern-day mystifier who utilizes skills beyond the category of magic." That definition applies perfectly to Criss Angel, who's driven by a single question: "How much force can a human body withstand without serious injury?" Angel (born Christopher Sarantakos) devises personal challenges based on most people's worst fears. Past stunts include dressing in a metal suit and standing under a Tesla coil to simulate being struck by lightning, holing up in a crate next to explosives to feel what's it's like to be blown up, and lighting himself on fire with little protection just to see if he could do it.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The fact that Angel is still alive after testing his limits time and time again is remarkable. Luckily for fans of extreme entertainment, he's done all of it in front of a camera. Each stunt requires extensive planning and preparation, and Angel works with a team of professionals to ensure his safety. But all of them, including his family members, are reminded daily that there are no guarantees, and each stunt could be his last. Although kids will love Angel's incredible magic, parents will want to preview the show to make sure the stunts aren't too frightening.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about making responsible choices. What repercussions does Angel suffer from some of his stunts? How do his actions affect his family? Why does he continue doing this? Families can also discuss the limits of what should be on TV. Should something this dangerous be shown for entertainment? Does showing it make it seem less dangerous?

TV details

Cast:Criss Angel, Gene Simmons, Jamie Kennedy
Network:A&E
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 9 year old Written bycarter0617 January 5, 2011
 
i love this show there is little bad words like d*m h*ll harsher words are beeped out the only thing i am a afrid of is kids think they came do what he does and kill them selfs
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byPlague April 6, 2010
 

Criss Angel Mindfreak

Wonderful show! Criss is a great illusionist, and will most likely leave anyone breathless while preforming his shows. Top notch.
What other families should know
Great role models
Adult Written bysuro April 9, 2008
 

Desparately Seeking Attention

Chris and his counterpart David Blaine are easily mockable. Hyper-self-serious, humorless, joyless. Very self-important. Pathetically they follow around thier own street audience to ask again and again, "what did you think of that trick? What do you think of me?" My 13-year old is a "serious" magician, active in magic orgs and practices daily without prompting. He admires both Chris Angel and David Blaine and hope to "be like them." I'm allowing him to watch thier stunts, over and over, hoping that as he matures he will see how immature they both are. Magic is wonderful, but it should bring joy and wonder, not self-centered stunts for attention.

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