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July 22, 2014

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Criss Angel, Holly Madison dating rumors swirl

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Holly Madison, Criss Angel and the requisite bunny, at the Playboy Club.

Beyond the Sun

While she says they’re “just friends” and his rep insists they’re not dating, Holly Madison and Criss Angel have done a pretty good job at fueling the rumor mill fires.

Angel’s rep has repeatedly denied the two are dating and Madison has said their friendship is “platonic,” but rumors have swirled about the two for weeks.

The 28-year-old recently split from her longtime boyfriend, 82-year-old Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner. Angel, meanwhile, is in the midst of a divorce that was filed in 2007.

Madison took in the final “preview” performance of her apparent beau’s Cirque du Soleil show, “Criss Angel Believe,” Tuesday night at the Luxor.

She sat next to Angel’s mother, Dimitria Sarantakos, during the performance. The two also were joined by Angel’s aunt, Stella, who is credited with teaching her nephew his first magic trick when he was 7 years old.

Angel played homage to his extra-special guest during the performance by working Madison’s name into the script.

“She’s so illusive, kind of like Holly Madison!” he exclaimed as he chased his on-stage love interest across the stage.

Angel’s impromptu nod, coupled with Madison’s in-audience appearance and apparent cozy relationship with his mother, will likely add fuel to the fire.

Madison has been a fan of Angel’s for years and has been seen with Angel at various Las Vegas nightclubs and restaurants following her break-up.

While she has said the two are just good friends, celebrity watchers have read between the lines, while gossip columnists have outright suggested otherwise.

Madison and fellow “Girls Next Door” co-star and Hefner alum Bridget Marquardt were in town Tuesday to host a Playboy-sanctioned Halloween party at the Playboy Club and Moon nightclub at the Palms.

Madison and Marquardt are just two of Angel’s high-profile friends confirmed to walk the special “Believe” black carpet during the show’s Halloween night gala premiere.

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