In the realm of magic and illusions, fear is an artist’s greatest muse. When Criss Angel, the celebrated Magician of the Decade, shared a stage with Mike Tyson, the heavyweight boxing legend, sparks were bound to fly. The latest episode of Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson witnessed this unusual face-off, where Angel equated the risks in his death-defying stunts to the life-threatening perils of the boxing ring.
Tyson, known for his fearlessness, was taken aback, failing to relate to Angel’s perspective. Could hanging from fishhooks really compare to the mortal dangers of a boxing match? This unique cross-over of magic and boxing opens a ‘Pandora’s box’ of thrills, risks, and a paradoxical understanding of fear.
Magician Criss Angel and boxing legend Mike Tyson on fear and risk
During the intriguing episode of Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, co-host Sebastian Joseph-Day led Criss Angel and Mike Tyson into a captivating dialogue. Day asked Angel, “Why are your stunts so dangerous? Like how do you come up with this stuff?”
To this, Angel drew a striking comparison to boxing, saying, “When you’re going in a ring you could die, right. You could have permanent damage.” He highlighted the shared risks in their respective fields and the desire to perform acts that no one else would dare to undertake. “In my show, I’m levitating 20-30 feet in the air. I pick somebody up and fly away with them,” he added, expressing his motivation to blur the line between magic tricks and reality.
Angel believes in pushing the limits of the human mind and body, stating that “when the mind, body, and spirit works together anything is possible.” He then shared an interesting observation on fear, saying, “When you get punched in the face, there’s a big fear being punched in the face. But when you’re punched in the face and you continuously get punched, you start becoming used to what that feeling is and how to avoid getting punched in the face.”
Mike Tyson, however, found it challenging to relate to Angel’s perspective. He interjected, “But I won’t think about that if I was a magician,” signifying a contrast in their understanding of risk and fear in their respective fields. Despite their distinct fields, Angel’s conversation with Tyson shed light on the commonality they share – the power of facing fear and pushing beyond perceived limitations. As Angel remarked, “When the mind, body and spirit works together, anything is possible,” it served as a testament to their shared philosophy.