A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?