He also authored the book Mindfreak: Secret Revelations.
He developed an interest in magic at age seven and performed his first show at the age of twelve, for which he was paid . By fourteen, Angel was performing throughout high school at restaurants in East Meadow, including the Wine Gallery.
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Angel has been married two times before, to Joann Winkhart, whom he divorced in 2006 after five years together, and Shaunyl Benson, the mother of Angel’s toddler son, Johnny.
According to , Angel and Benson divorced in October 2015 after a one-year marriage.
Angel says that he learned his diligent work ethic from his father, a fitness junkie who owned a successful restaurant and doughnut shop before he passed away from cancer in 1998.
Criss Angel was born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos on Dec. His parents, John and Dimitra Sarantakos, raised him and his two brothers, Costa and J. John Sarantakos, who, like Criss, was dedicated to personal fitness, died from cancer in 1998.
Angel credits his work ethic to his father, who was a successful restaurant and doughnut shop owner.
At the age of 14, Angel was performing weekly at area bars and restaurants.
He was a regular at the Long Island wine bar and restaurant, the Wine Gallery, where he said he "could easily clear a hundred dollars on a good night" on tips alone.
It was around that time that he achieved his first major illusion: He made his mother float in the family den.