Also that year, Angel performed a ten-minute show over the course of the "World of Illusion" conference in Madison Square Garden, performing sixty shows per day.
Criss Angel Mindfreak, which would later become Angel's first television series, was originally an off-Broadway show by Angel, which in 2001 was picked up by the World Underground Theatre.
This is the future, and it can’t come quickly enough." During that year, he collaborated with musician Klayton to form Angeldust, a show that combined magic with music.
They released their first album Musical Conjurings from the World of Conjuring in 1998.
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.
Angel's first major illusion was making his mother float in their family den.
According to Biography Channel, "Angel hit the road and began touring with other traveling performance acts.
Between traveling and performing, he attempted to further his education in his own by studying the history of magic in public libraries.
He reported afterwards that he had suffered from overheating, jaw fatigue, and semi-consciousness while in the tank.But if they claim to be communicating with the dead, I don't care if they're from my hometown, I don't care if they're my family members: I'll expose them and tell them what they really are." In August 2002, Angel spent 24 hours shackled underwater in a phone booth-sized water torture cell near the WWE entertainment store in New York's Times Square, WWE corporation being the owners of the World Underground Theatre where Angel had been performing his stage show.To prepare for the trick, he practiced in a neighbor's backyard swimming pool next to his mother's house in East Meadow, New York.He also later recorded the intro to Angel's album World of Illusion: System One.Barker said of Angel in the mid-1990s that, "Criss Angel is extraordinary, a spectacular mix of visionary magic.
At the time, they were seen walking hand-in-hand and even making out on the red carpet.