Location: The Luxor Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
I first saw Criss Angel Believe last February when, during my first trip to Las Vegas, I was in need of a cheap show to see. The tickets were significantly lower than those for the other Cirque du Soleil shows, something I assumed was because of the poor reviews it had received. I had heard of these reviews only from the consistently unreliable Perez Hilton (love ya, Perez, but you're site has become increasingly inaccurate) so I took them with a grain of salt. I saw the show, relatively unaware of just who Criss Angel was (I just knew he was a magician), and I loved it. To this day, I still feel that it was a misunderstood masterpiece, a show that perfectly blended the magic of Angel with the artistry of Cirque du Soleil. Neither was dominant, a fact that bugged many critics, but both were very powerful and prominant. Filled with striking imagery and mind-freaking illusions, it was a beautifully haunting show that remained with me long after it ended. So, when I planned my second trip to Las Vegas just a year and a half later, I wanted to see it again, knowing that it had endured many changes since the last time I saw it. I never expected the new show I was going to see...for better or for worse.