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Criss Angel Magic Tricks Revealed

Updated on May 24, 2011

Who is Criss Angel?

Criss Angel is one of the most well-known modern day magicians. MTV even went as far as calling him the "modern day Houdini". Well that's MTV. But if you have seen any of Criss Angel's magic demonstrations on TV or online, you probably were astounded, amazed, and dumbfounded with the demonstration.

Interestingly, Criss Angel does not claim to have supernatural powers. He even went as far as saying that he doesn't know anyone who can demonstrate to have supernatural powers. Criss Angel even offered a cool one million greenbacks from his own pocket to anyone who can prove that they have supernatural powers. This he did on national TV.

His rise to fame came with his television show "Criss Angel Mindfreak". In this show, he showed amazing feats like walking on water, levitating from one building to another, making cards move without touching it, and a lot more.

Criss Angel is of Greek decent and was born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos in December 16, 1967.

In this hubpage, we will reveal how Criss Angel performs some of his amazing tricks. Ready? Let's move on then.

Criss Angel Explains How He Floats

In the above video, Criss Angel explained how levitation is performed. This seems simple once you know how it's done. But to someone who has no clue, this levitation demo will seem authentic.

Remember that knowing how to do a trick is just part of the equation. Performance is equally important. Criss Angel is very good with misdirection. Notice how he directs attention to his arms while he removes his foot from one of his shoes.

A little theatrics also adds a lot to the impact of the performance. In most of his performances, you will see Criss appear to be concentrating real hard before a demonstration. It's all part of the show. Those grunting sounds too.

Chain Around Neck Trick Explained

Another Criss Angel illusion you can easily replicate is the Chain Around Neck trick. A chain is tied around Criss's neck and two guys pull from either end of the chain. Magically, Criss 'escapes' from the chain.

Again, Criss demonstrates his excellent ability to distract and use it to his advantage. The long hair helps to hide the fact that the chain around his neck was tied in a false loop. It wasn't really tied around his neck. He appeared nervous before he asked the guys to pull the chain as hard as they can. All part of the show.

View the video below to see how it was done.

Criss Angel Vanishes

Here's another short video showing Criss Angel vanishing right before your eyes. He's standing on top of table. He covers himself with a blanket. And poof! He's gone.

But if you take a closer look at the video, you will see that there's something not quite right. The shadows look a little different. You will notice that there's enough space under the table to accommodate a crouching Criss hidden Angel. =)

Magic Is All In The Mind

Magic is illusion. Even the great illusionists will tell you. They may engage in some small talk to distract you while they prepare their tricks but that's all part of the show.

Like I said earlier in this hubpage, knowing how a trick is done is but part of the equation. The delivery and performance often has the more explosive effect on the audience.

Thanks for reading!

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      CrissLover 4 years ago

      To be honest! I knew all this before I read it however when I read this here, there was a little part inside me screaming and crying and wanting everything that was said here not to be true because the truth is that I really love criss! And even though I know the truth Im still really upset!I just really really really love criss Im his little Angel even though he may not know Im even alive! Im always there wherever he is! And even when he is 99 years old I will still love him and I will still be his little angel

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      poo 5 years ago


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      JOHN 5 years ago


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      IAMNOTCRAZY 5 years ago

      Well,actually why did he reveal his tricks?It'll ruin his career.

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      noveus kalous 5 years ago

      I now how he does his tricks he has a buddy thy pass in he helps him perforom these trick

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      Mary 5 years ago

      i liked him..not now

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      heather 5 years ago

      you are soooooo cool!!!! i love all your magic and i just love you soooooooo much!!!!! i wish i could come to one of your performanes!!!!!!!!!!! :) please reply!!!!!!!!!! i'm 10 years old!

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      Lol 5 years ago

      Amazing. How he does he's tricks bravo

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      chris 5 years ago

      win i first saw the i that this was rill

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      joshua 5 years ago

      hay those are koole but i now more of criss angels magick tricks,lick levitashion

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      isabella 5 years ago

      He is so coool and hot

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      zean lloyd c.cuares 5 years ago

      criss angel is my idol and he freaks me out!!!....

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      gilbert villalpando 5 years ago

      criss u r soooo cool i do magic 2 i tell every 1 that i do magic 4 that i learn from u.u r my IDOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!criss replay back at

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      Jonathan 5 years ago

      see i don't understand why people like to say magicians like criss angel are FAKE, or SETUP everything . i have one word, duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!!!!!! 3 words, illusion, sleight of hand, and misdirection. Those are the 3 steps to setting up a perfect magic trick, hell you only need 2 of them to make a really kick ass trick. Sleight of hand and misdirection. large scale illusions take more professionalism, practice, and every stupid skeptics favorite word, FAKE. they have to be setup, come on you really think that anyone can do that for real? come on study this shit all the time, i know what i'm talking about, take my word for it people!!!! lol Also there are 2 types of audience and bystanders in his performance. The ones that are actors and put up to the trick with him, and the ones that rally do not know wtf is going on. Its the brilliant mind of a magician people.

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      mina 5 years ago

      he look very scary haaaaaaaaaaa....... but his tricks is amazing

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      alex 5 years ago

      ha now i know how he floats

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      jack12 6 years ago

      you are so cool

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      liam 6 years ago

      you are thee best

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      再度感动 6 years ago


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      matt g 6 years ago

      I have respect for the guy he never said he had supernatural powers, he just made a big show of it and other people started to say things about him. It was all part of a very well done act and i applaud the young man for his efforts. He enraptured many people and with the internet at our fingertips it is harder and harder to be able to pull off the illusions he has done so convincingly.

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      criss consultant 6 years ago

      criss is a nice guy i work with him he just makes illusions that make peaple freak out trust me

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      dhruv rox 6 years ago

      how did he do that trick where he went down a slide and turned 10?and did that women get joined ever again?how could she just sorry....LIMP away on her upper body?she should be dead!cristopher is mindfreaky but awesome!

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      Jlee 6 years ago

      criss you are so mindfreaking awesome

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      savannah bartley 6 years ago

      i used to love chris angel but i fuigured it out on myself here's what i fugierd out he practickly tried to be god by walking on water i SO..... AGREE CHELLY AND NASHE

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      Chelly 6 years ago

      I used to like him, but for some reason he seems evil and creepy to me now. Somebody gave me a deck of his cards, and i had to throw them out. They had an evil feel to them. I don't know if he is evil, I just know that he is wearing the uniform of a satanist. Even his name creeps me out now that i took the time to think about it. I enjoy magic and illusions but not that much. My gut tells me that something is not right with him in a spiritual sense, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

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      Nashe' 6 years ago

      cris angel is evil, i use to love his show but when i did research bout him and found out that he was a satanist everything changed. i wish i never wtchd his show,cos he is fake anyway pls don't try to be God!!

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      baasil 6 years ago

      love ur magic's

      wish that u can come and make some magic in maldives...

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      star 6 years ago

      I LOVE MINDFREAK!!!!!!!!!!

      Even though i live far from las vegas i went to his show over 10 times in the past 2 years.I only missed 1 new episode when it just came out.

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      ryty 6 years ago

      this guys an rtard

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      ulises 6 years ago

      this is f---k awesome

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      candy 6 years ago

      mindfreak!!!!!! to believe it or not,he's mind freakkkkkk!!

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      mohit goswami 6 years ago


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      Dorritos 6 years ago

      walking on water was a 2 foot wide sheet of plexiglass that stretched the length of the pool. the woman that swam under him, just went along with it.

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      MrAmericanSux 6 years ago

      What about walking on water???????

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      DraMa~MonSteR 6 years ago

      All these things are really cool! Thx for showing them. There funny to know. I do admit some of the things are reallyMindFreaky"

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      Srijit 6 years ago

      He must have a supernatural power, because he cuts a stranger selecting from a park into two parts, which is even impossible with tricks. In India there was Shai Baba, who just died few months ago. I guess Criss Angel is also like Shai Baba.

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      Alex 6 years ago

      I like Criss Angel but Believe (LAs Vegas) is the worst show I've ever seen. I went in Vegas in 2009. You'd better watch ''O''. That rocks, seriously. Follow me on Twitter if you want to share your opinion. AleBuca

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      ccea 6 years ago

      Criss Angel rocks my friend got me in to him hes hot!

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      bdr 6 years ago

      he is a lie

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      sleepyhead 88 6 years ago

      hey criss, i really love ur magic!! you rock!!! i'm your biggest fan here in the Philippines!! please e-mail me..

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      Envy 6 years ago

      Wateva magic is science and science is magic. wateva criss Sarantakos z doing z a trick question.

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      ronnil 6 years ago

      that's good!!!

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      i saw some magic tricks

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      Lincoln Nebraska Water Damage 6 years ago

      Criss no hows to trick people, that's why he is so good. He would be a great insurance agent

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      ramya 6 years ago

      criss ilove u and i want to meet u so plz come to andhra pradesh in india

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      leonscott1000 6 years ago

      Chris angel is so evil and he sold his soul to the devil what's up with that dude! wowwwwwwww!

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      Aadarsh 6 years ago

      Hey criss i am from fiji i am ur biggest fan here and please please please come down to Fiji islands come to the capital city of Fiji which is Suva

      i am 12 years old and i got to love magic because of u

      and how do u levitate and climb throw glass and dissapear and do other freaky and cool tricks

      i am amazed

      please e-mail me

      it is

      ur the besttttttttttttttttt


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      criss angel 6 years ago

      hey all you guys. im going to mindfreak you guys ok ready think of a number. 1-1000 call this number and it will say your number 731-6789. no area code needed and reshma email me i accuctly want a partner at an upcoming showcase at the luxor

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      reshma 6 years ago

      hey buddy ya rock if ya need a 11 yr old partner mention it in axn man feel like hugging yo

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      Jolene 6 years ago

      I wana fly

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      Haha 6 years ago

      ha i knew criss angel didn't really have powers

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      ....................................... 6 years ago

      go criss

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      Ucuz yemek 6 years ago

      I'm trying that tricks at home.

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      DEADMAN 6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      Do not e mail me

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      lia 6 years ago

      i love cris angel............................

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      mom 6 years ago

      P.S My email is

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      mom 6 years ago

      Criss if you read your coments... and respond I will be greatful if you resond to this..... YOU ARE MY TOTALL IDOL! I do magic and I tell all of my friends that you are my idol and I give you full credit for the tricks I preform. You are amazing!

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      Coldfish 6 years ago

      There is a new guy on the block ...

      Kamran Khan From Kamran Khan Store.... caries a complete collection of criss angel effect collection on his online store ... try it ....

      i bought few of the effects, they are great ...

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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      That was awesome! I knew it couldn't be real hahaha but he is very good at tricking!

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      luckycharmz 6 years ago from Washington

      I did saw him one time live. He does swear a lot which turned a lot of people off...but he's quite talented.

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      Someone from the planet 6 years ago

      You guys don't understand.

      i have researched this topic a lot.

      and its the JINS "the devil's genies" who actually perform the act while we cannot see them.

      the clue lies in the shadow shown.

      These people own satanic spirits and in return those spirits do assignmens for them,

      as revealed in "the Arrivals" series on youtube documentary.

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      noman ijaz 6 years ago

      i love criss angel, he is the best.

      i found a website name kamran khan store. some times you will all criss angel collection. if you can't see it you call the guy up. he offer's everything related to criss angel.

      just simply type " kamran khan store " in google. once you get to the website, if you see the links then it's great, other wise just call him and ask him to open the pages for you.

      i have bought many things from him ...

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      Asia 6 years ago

      im bord

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      MINDFREEK 7 years ago

      U ROCK

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      cris-antonio 7 years ago

      an ilusionist job is to make a fake thing look more real. The trick doenst count that much if u know how to make a great show. That's what Cris Angel does

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      crissrocks13 7 years ago

      wow criss is awsome just wish he would come down under to australia i would go anywhere in australia to see him!! criss rocks for ever!!!!

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      Hunter 7 years ago

      criss should have an 11 year old partner if so my email is

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      gavin 7 years ago

      chris is stupid

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      chester 7 years ago

      its was criss that made me wanna do magic tricks:D i love it:D

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      RAVI GAUR. 7 years ago


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      nate 7 years ago

      i know how to fly

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      albertus freddyanto 7 years ago

      i had the cd of tutorial of criss angle ,i bought it from my friend.but i think is not easy for follow the tutorial

      well,nice trick bro

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      rubber band magic 7 years ago

      Criss Angel is amazing, i usually can not figure how the tricks works..

      Some video you embed not working anymore

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      Trucos de Magia 7 years ago

      The magic of Criss is amazing!

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      Nisar 7 years ago

      how do it

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      BNa 7 years ago

      It would be nice to see the videos... cant have a successful website without working videos

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      Anuraag 7 years ago

      wel i agree with louis and criss ****s

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      ROQUE LAZARUS 7 years ago

      One million dollars is a decent sum Cris.....what's the deal precisely?

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      Louis 7 years ago

      Criss is the ultimate entertainer, I wish people would stop obsessing about how things get done,and just start to enjoy what Criss is doing.

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      Ed 7 years ago

      Ok. I see

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      Criss Angel Tricks 7 years ago

      Great hub :) I cant wait to try all this out!

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      person 7 years ago

      how he pulled the girl in half was two different cameras top half and bottom half put together

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      toni 7 years ago

      i did the coin trick with out the solution sooooo easy!

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      edon  7 years ago

      hi u are so cool

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      amit_kosti 7 years ago

      Nice HUB :)

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      JohnBarret 7 years ago

      great hub. I was wondering but when I saw a Myth Buster about mirrors now I know, it works.

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      Paul 7 years ago

      Some may say that life is an illusion. Any accomplished magician can mix real with fake.

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      Duhr 7 years ago

      of course it is fake, all magic is fake. He is an illusionist and he does this to entertain his audience, that is what all illusionists do, entertain. I don't see why people hate him so much when all magicians/illusionists do the same things he do, convince people that he is magical...

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      Kalpana Iyer 7 years ago from India

      Magic is just an illusion -- as I found out from these videos plus a show on AXN which revealed how magicians perform their tricks. But you've to acknowledge these guys for their talent and their ability to make us believe what is actually not happening or true.

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      Kudlit 7 years ago from Laguna


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      holly 7 years ago

      do you have better things to do be sides tying to see if people are fake or not what a boring life who cares if there is a mirror or not he did a good job as long there is some one that smiles out there it is your kind of people that distroy hopes and dreams it is your that we don't have more people like criss angel, criss angel is a good at what he does leave him alone i will like to see you try and do what he does. people like you should keep there mouth shut cause what happends if a little kid that likes magic so much looks up criss angel or someone and they come a cross this then that kids hopes and dreams are gone LEAVE THEM A LONE what did they do to you what cause they earn more than you get over YOURSELF go wast time on other things like getting a life who cares if they know how to fool some one they are living there life not like you!!! WHO CARES WHAT YOU THINK!!! magic is real if you believe people don't care about you i have wasted my time but just stop people don't care what you think ok leave the rich and the famous alone. GET A LIFE.

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      Mirza Abubakar 7 years ago

      Sadia ur info seems quite interesting, but give any link or proof regarding all ur reasearch...

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      Cali Holquin 7 years ago

      i loved this video!!!! it was so awesome im going to try doing this to my whople family.....they're going to be FREAKED out!!!! ;D

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      patycool 7 years ago

      Any good magician can pull off a good trick no matter what. The fact that the people on the street didn't see it coming doesn't mean they don't know it was a trick, it means they weren't expecting him to do what he did. By the way I found a website that give you prizes for your opinions and 4 play games here is the topic about Chris:

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      Sadia Malik 7 years ago

      I'm Sadia From Lahore. I use to work for the Daily News for few years back. I have been researching Black Magic for few years now and meet hundreds of hundreds of people. People have no idea what really black magic is and what are it's effects. People who pretend to say they know black magic or they do black magic is a total lie. Only 27% of people in the whole world know how to do a really black magic and rest of them are just faking it. We muslim have a very low faith in Allah or you can say no faith at all, believe in black magic in seconds. After a few years of good study and research I also found that, there is a person called " The Guru " lives somewhere in Pakistan who teaches Spiritual Healing, Power Of Chi and Mind Power to 80% of the peer saab in Pakistan. For the last 3 years I been try to track this person and was getting no where. 3 months ago I received a phone call from a person stating that he wanted to see me regarding the information about " The Guru ". So I called my friends and told them about the call and wanted them come with because i didn't wanted to go alone. So finally we got there as we were advised. First didn't wanted to believe him because for the last few years i been searching for this guy and all of sudden now he is willing to give the information about him for free ?. Came to find out that he use to work for some famous peer saab just out side from lahore. That Guru use to visit that peer saab on a monthly bases, this guy use to be the peer saab assistance and one day he decided to leave peer saab and start his own business. He contact " The Guru " and got refused because " The Guru " said that he cannot provide services because his Peer Saab is his clients. The information that he provided us, we verified it and here it is:

      " The Guru " real name is Kamran Khan. Worked with many famous names including Criss Angel & David Blane in magic for over 15 years now. who used to be Meera’s so called close friend & a big-shot of Lahore (Pakistan). Actress Meera is shown waking up from a bed (most probably in a hotel room) and the guy talking to someone on the phone and telling the guy that he slept at his home. Many time meera is been seen with kamran khan driving in the car and few times her car been parked out side kamran khan house in DHA Lahore EE Sector whole night. Just a friend ? then why spending the night at his home .?

      Some new pictures of Meera has been leaked on internet in which she was seen with his un-official husband at un-known beach and enjoying a very cool weather there. Scroll down to see her pictures. Meera Pakistani actress Scandal Video Meera Pakistani actress Scandal. Meera also contacted kamran khan many times regarding the problems that is facing related to marriage. Kamran Khan and meera was seen in the car parked in front of the market both holding each other in the back seat of the car last saturday in DHA Lahore Market.

      Recently we also discovered that he has a website with name of " Kamran Khan Store ", from where he deals with clients. He travels in most of the asia. You have seen the magic show on Star One, Those are also his clients including that Franz Guy. If you see this guy he is only 35 Years old and people of his double age sits below him because He is there teacher. There is not a single Peer Saab specially in Lahore who are not his students. He only stay in Pakistan for 15 days and then he travels again.

      After discovering all this I was shocked to see the result, there are hundreds and thousands of people go these Peer Saab every day and spend thousands and thousands of Rupees. All that money is really going to the " The Guru " Kamran Khan. The more these Peer Saab makes the more he makes money.

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      raja 7 years ago

      this is the most helping site for tricks

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      DJasel711 7 years ago

      mind freak ..................




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      Purple Perl 7 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks for sharing. Love his tricks!