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Magician Criss Angel in new Cirque show

Criss Angel, the long-haired, punky magician whose “Mindfreak” show is shooting its third season for the A&E network, will team up with Cirque du Soleil on its sixth permanent show on the Las Vegas Strip, it was announced Thursday.
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Illusionist Criss Angel, pictured earlier this month, has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil in its sixth permanent show on the Las Vegas Strip.Diane Bondareff / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Criss Angel, the long-haired, punky magician whose “Mindfreak” show is shooting its third season for the A&E network, will team up with Cirque du Soleil on its sixth permanent show on the Las Vegas Strip, it was announced Thursday.

The show will start in the summer of 2008 at the Luxor, the pyramid-shaped hotel-casino where Angel has been filming some episodes of his show.

Angel said in a statement he hoped the production would “redefine magic in the same way Cirque du Soleil has redefined the circus.”

On the televised show, Angel has dressed up as a woman, performed card tricks, walked on water, been lit on fire and caught bullets with his teeth.

The Cirque show will add acrobatics, dance, puppetry, music and poetry and take audiences “on a bizarre and fascinating journey,” the statement said.

The show joins other Cirque productions on the Strip, “Love,” “Ka,” “Zumanity,” “O” and “Mystere.” A seventh Cirque show with an Elvis theme is planned at MGM Mirage Inc.’s $7 billion CityCenter. The megaresort, set to open in November 2009, is under construction at the center of the Strip.