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Criss Angel: How Britney's Performance Was Supposed to Turn Out

Criss Angel: How Britney's Performance Was Supposed to Turn Out

If magic man Criss Angel had his way, Britney Spears‘ 2007 VMAs Performance would have turned out much, much, much differently.

The L.A. Times recently spoke with the 40-year-old magician to hear his original ideas for Britney‘s VMAs performance. Here’s what he said:

“With Britney I presented concepts to create, within her performance, illusions that would happen in the open. You would see Britney and then she would split into two Britneys and then four Britneys with no boxes or covers. It would just be a visual effect using no screens. People in the past have used the art of magic in music performances but mostly in a cheesy way. Magic has not kept up with popular culture and technology.

“Other things I wanted to do with her was to literally transform her into birds and then for her to reappear in the audience. I also thought of having her levitate over the audience. It was going to be really visual moments that were all epic tableaux that were beautiful, artistic, elegant and, most important, unique — things MTV hasn’t seen in music. I wanted to captivate people in the moment. That was the essence of what I wanted to do with the Britney performance, because I think the performance she did with the snake was a highlight of her career and I wanted to trump that and I thought we had it.”

So, what happened?

Britney is really strong with her own ideas. And what I had planned wasn’t an easy thing to do and would have required a lot of rehearsals. Ultimately, I told her I needed 100% commitment or I wasn’t going to be able to do this. I told her that, ‘You have to feel comfortable.’ So, we explored it and she decided it wasn’t for her, and I completely understand.”

Sounds like it would have been an unforgettable performance to see Britney split herself into four. Not that her actual performance wasn’t unforgettable to begin with! If only Britney gave it her all…

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# 2

stupid britney didn’t say Yes to Criss angel!
That would be cool if that happend.

# 3

haha i was first!

# 4

FOURTH!!!! What Criss described would have been so AWSOME!!!!!!!

# 5


# 6

How many times is this douche going to talk about what if about that damn VMA incident with Shitney? It’s water under the bridge, I truly believe it wouldn’t have been any better.

# 7
zandvluver @ 01/12/2008 at 11:03 pm

lol.. I could just picture that preformance!


# 8

Ah…. would have been a magnificent performance.
But its not realistic, maybe in a different time, but at that moment and till now, it would awesome for Britney just to function normally, less do all that hard work.

# 9
Princess Gavie @ 01/12/2008 at 11:11 pm



you can see her armpit hair…disgusting!

she’s already split into four Britneys. we can see all her f*cked up personalities

omg if Britney went with Criss’s way then she wouldnt have such an aweful comeback!

that would have been the best thing anyone has ever done, she is a dumbass, i think it would have taken her into another level, that no artist has ever been……..i hope she changes her mind for the next album and does that………if she will make it alive out of her messed up life!

thanks for sharing, i was wondering what he actually had planned for her. it sounds like it would’ve been really impressive.

It required work and commitment, of course she wasn’t going to do it. She’s too busy drinking, taking drugs, and hooking up with random people,

Angel is living in the past. What a loser this pinhead is.

[~F a m o u s~] @ 01/13/2008 at 12:12 am

sureeeeeeeeeee criss, whatever you say.

i can’t believe it hahaha i would say 28 or something like that!
he’s hot anyways…

It would require actual work and time and he really thought he had a chance? No way would Britney go for that. She’s too busy being a trainwreck.

i dont hate Brit.
she just needs to change her life around.
it would have been cool if she went along with Chriss idea.
she’s going through alot.
cut her some slack.

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