Illusionist Criss Angel, a Long Island native, was back onstage Saturday, performing the same straitjacket stunt during which he had fallen unconscious the night before and required hospitalization.
Angel is blaming a poor diet and lack of sleep for the on-stage mishap that sent him to a hospital, The Associated Press reports. He told ABC News this was the first time he lost consciousness during a show. He explained that he hasn’t been eating properly, has only been sleeping about two hours a night and wasn’t hydrated.
Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV said Angel, 49, was released Saturday morning, and that after additional medical testing returned that evening to his show “Mindfreak Live!” at the Criss Angel Theater in the Luxor Las Vegas hotel-casino. There he successfully performed the stunt, in which he is suspended over the stage upside down and escapes from a straitjacket.
Earlier that day, a representative for Angel had posted on the illusionist’s Twitter account, “Criss Angel routinely performs some of the world’s most dangerous illusions and escapes live on stage. During Friday evening’s performance, while attempting his famed upside down straitjacket escape while suspended by his feet, he lost consciousness. He was lowered to the stage and rushed to the hospital where he was evaluated and released early this morning. . . . He is grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from his fans around the world.”
TMZ.com, which was first to report the news, said Angel — born Christopher Sarantakos at Hempstead General Hospital and raised in Elmont until fourth grade, when his family moved to East Meadow — was taken to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center’s emergency room, roughly four miles from the Luxor.
The rep’s tweet additionally noted that, “Due to Friday’s events, Criss and his son Johnny Crisstopher were unable to attend a previously scheduled appearance at a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada Saturday morning. In his absence, a representative of HELP, the non-profit Criss created to find a cure for pediatric cancer, presented Make-A-Wish with a $100,000 donation.”
Kim Wagner, a news anchor for Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV and a patron of Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada, tweeted, “Sending love to @CrissAngel for quick recovery. His $100K donation to #WalkForWishesSNV pushed the total over $500K!”