Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 | 2:03 p.m.
To prepare for the filming of tonight’s Spike TV episode of Luxor headliner-magician Criss Angel’s double-straight-jacket stunt in New York’s Times Square, Criss brought in mixed-martial arts legend Randy Couture to strengthen his stamina.
A noose that could kill him if he blacked out or failed to extricate himself from the two straightjackets to release the metal weights holding the hangman’s rope hangs Criss. Randy gave Criss “choking” lessons that fighters undergo to prevent the blackouts.
However, this still became the stunt that tore the headliner’s shoulder muscles, which will require surgery in early January and force him to temporarily close his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at Luxor until April.
Criss will take all of January for rehab, but will host a new show with other performing magicians in February and March.
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One of the most iconic resorts on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the resort’s interior rewards visitors with equal parts excitement, mystery and intrigue.
This 4,405-room resort features a wide variety of entertainment including world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez (spring 2013), the Cirque du Soleil production CRISS ANGEL Believe, the provocative adult revue, FANTASY, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top, Menopause The Musical and the exclusive LAX Nightclub.
The property also offers a spa and salon, wedding chapel and inviting pool complex and is connected to Mandalay Bay through The Shoppes at Mandalay Place — a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
With a 120,000-square-foot gaming area, delectable restaurants and top-notch nightlife and entertainment, Luxor provides an unparalleled travel destination.