Illusionist Criss Angel’s rescue was horrifying after something went wrong during a rehearsal for a major trick from illusionist’s new show. The magician and his crew frantically scrambled to pull escape artist Spencer Horsman from a water tank suspended by chains about 30 feet from the stage.
Angel himself was one of the rescuers who jumped on top of the tank to release the chains that were mounting it shut. Criss then reached in and trapped Horsman out to safety.
As Horsman recovers from an escape from death of the much too literal kind, though, the opening was moved to Friday, two days later than originally scheduled.
The Criss Angel rescue remained quiet until a video of the incident was leaked to the Internet, but it was followed with a statement by the famous illusionist. “In an effort to ensure the safety of the cast and crew, we will be moving the opening night of Supernaturalists to June 26th,” he said.
Horsman appeared to be unconscious during the ill-fated rehearsal session for Angel’s “Supernaturalists” show at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Criss and his crewmembers could be heard screaming and yelling, “Get Him Down,” for 15 seconds until Horsman, who rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent,” could be freed.
“Criss was terrified,” an eyewitness said. “He ran onto the stage mid-performance screaming to the crew to ‘get him down’ … They were all screaming. This was no illusion. This was high-stakes drama.”
Even though the premiere of “The SUPERNATURALISTS” was pushed back one night after the accident, it will resume with one extra night to make up for the dates. It is now schedule to premiere tonight for a four-week run at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut.
The show, according to Foxwood’s website, features, “9 mind-blowing magicians that destroy reality and revolutionize the live magic ensemble experience.”
Criss Angel’s rescue shows that not all stage acts are illusions. The celebrity magician, born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, came to fame in the 1990s and has appeared on several TV specials and A&E reality series “Mindfreak.”