- Angel was only 10 minutes into his Mindfreak show when the incident occured
- The star was in a straightjacket and hanging upside down when he went limp
- That is when Criss was lowered to the stage and assistants took him down
- The New York native was reportedly rushed to the emergency room
- And a source said the ex of Holly Madison was released hours later
- The star has had surgery on his shoulder after this same stunt went wrong
Criss Angel was rushed to the hospital on Friday night.
The illusionist was performing a magic trick at his Mindfreak Live! show in Las Vegas when one of his famous stunts went terribly wrong.
According to a Saturday report from TMZ, the 49-year-old New York native was in the middle of performing an illusion where he was attempting to get out of a straightjacket while hanging upside down when he suddenly passed out in front of a horrified audience.
Bad turn: Criss Angel was rushed to the hospital on Friday night. The illusionist was performing a magic trick at his Mindfreak Live! show in Las Vegas. Pictured September
His act: Here Criss is seen in a straightjacket doing the routine several years ago
Up in the sky: The star takes the straightjacket off while hanging upside down
Criss was taken to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center’s emergency room which is located approximately four miles away from where he was performing.
The star, whose birth name is Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, was let go hours later.
A source said he ‘walked out of here’ before 10 pm.
The star, who has dated Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson and Holly Madison, was in the process of trying to escape the jacket when he seemed to go limp.
The show took place inside the Luxor Hotel to a packed audience.
Concerned: Tweeters wrote about the scary incident with Will iv of ap saying that he thought Criss almost died
Another fan: Lona Rorer said she was ‘praying for Criss’ and that he ‘went limp’
The incident happened only 10 minutes into the opening act. For two minutes he was spinning around. That is when he was ‘lowered down and the curtain closed onstage.’
An eyewitness also said he ‘appeared unconscious.’
Tweeters were quick to write about what happened with one saying that he thought Criss had ‘died.’
His gig: Criss was taken to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center’s emergency room which is located approximately four miles away from where he was performing
At work: Here the ex of Holly Madison is seen on star at his Luxor show
Scary: The incident happened only 10 minutes into the opening act. For two minutes he was spinning around. That is when he was ‘lowered down and the curtain closed onstage
Sources tells the site that the show was then quickly canceled and guests were shown the way out of the theater.
Angel had just returned from a ski holiday with a friend.
In October 2013 Angel was performing a similar straitjacket routine above Times Square in New York when he suffered a shoulder injury.
On the slopes: Angel had just returned from a ski holiday with a friend
Three months later Criss had surgery to repair torn muscles in that shoulder.
That caused him to take a hiatus for 10 weeks from his show.
The longtime Sin City performer has a son Johnny with model Shaunyl Benson. The two have been taking care of their little boy after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October 2015.
The illusionist told UsWeekly: ‘Johnny is technically in remission, thank God. I believe he will be healed.’
Last year the child was ‘still undergoing intense chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions and spinal taps in Australia.’
Angel added: ‘What doctors found is you have to continue treatment to kill all the cells, as there is no guarantee.’
With his family: Here the 49-year-old star is seen with Shaunyl Benson and their child Johnny in September