Voodoo Dolls and Playing Cards
Angel is sort of Bam Margera crossed with Trent Reznor, and the tricks showcased on the first couple episodes of his show are a lot like those of fellow illusionist David Blaine. Like Blaine, Angel has taken his magic to the street, yo. We assume that’s because its way more fun to freak out innocent bystanders than it is paying customers. And while Blaine may be more mysterious, Angel is more likeable. His illusions are elaborate and effective brain teasers that will leave you scratching your head in hopes unlocking their secrets. It can’t be easy to make a total stranger levitate or to burn someone’s arm by putting a lighter beneath a voodoo doll.
On “Mindfreak,” Angel takes classic illusions into the modern age, and his metal-dude-from-New Jersey looks and his taking-it-to-the-people approach are a winning combo. Despite all this, the show still manages to be pretty cheesy, due primarily to the fact that Angel insists on performing the show’s music and theme song himself. Just because Jonathan Davis produced it, doesn’t mean it’s good. In fact, it’s probably the opposite. And why not just join a rock band instead? We assume people only take up magic as a last gasp at
being cool getting laid –- and surely chicks dig guitars more than playing cards. But if you like those David Blaine specials — or buff, hunky, goth dudes, you’ll probably dig this.
“Mindfreak” airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on A&E.