Magic variety show to fill in for ‘Criss Angel Believe’ during hiatus

Top magicians will be taking the stage in Criss Angel’s Believe Theater at the Luxor this coming February and March while Angel recuperates from his upcoming shoulder surgery.

Angel’s Cirque du Soleil show, “Criss Angel Believe,” goes on hiatus Jan. 5, 2014 and is scheduled to reopen in April.

Calling the two-month production “Criss Angel MagicJam,” magicians and specialty acts are expected to perform an anthology of their greatest hits. Magicians include Krystyn Lambert, Nathan Burton and Banachek, widely considered a leading mentalist.

Angel will act as host and promises to close the show with some of his revolutionary illusions.

Also included in the lineup are grand master manipulators Jason Byrne and Tony Clark, prop comedian Russ Merlin of V — The Ultimate Variety Show and close-up magician Armando Vera.

Select cast members from Angel’s Spike TV show, also called “Criss Angel Believe,” are scheduled to perform as well.

“’MagicJam’ is something I have wanted to do for years,” Angel said in a statement. “I’m so excited to bring the most talented artists in their respective disciplines, all of whom I’m so fortunate to call friends, to Luxor. It’s gonna be a blast.”

“Criss Angel MagicJam” is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays will have an additional performance at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $59.