Has Criss Angel Jumped the Shark?

What's Criss Angel's most impressive magic trick to date? It might be the fact that he's still around. The grungy hipster magician is heading into season 6 of his A&E show, Criss Angel Mindfreak (Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET), in a premiere episode in which he promises to cheat death once again. (This time, he'll "attempt" a motorcycle jump across the Grand Canyon.) But how many times can you cheat death before people start to tire of you?

With his dark guyliner, black leather vests, and goth hairstyles, this 42-year-old illusionist has a distinctive look, and he's cultivated a certain young Hollywood cred. (Those glorious abs, which he displays often, don't hurt, either.) That cool cache seemed to peak around 2007. Part of the scuttlebutt surrounding Britney Spears' botched comeback, at that year's MTV Video Music Awards, was that she was originally supposed to perform with Angel. (He didn't actually play a role in her performance.) That same night, Angel was somehow in the mix (and thus in the gossip columns) when Kid Rock and Tommy Lee got into a much-publicized fistfight.

But in the years since, Angel has been more associated with kitschy Vegas (where he has a nightly magic show at the Luxor) than the L.A. party circuit. His TV show continues, but it begs a question: When you have already walked on water, hovered in the air between buildings, cut yourself in half, and gotten run over by a steamroller, what's there left to do? When a TV interviewer asked Angel this question recently, he essentially replied that his growing fame and influence allows him to attempt his illusions and stunts in more iconic places. Point taken—the Grand Canyon is about as iconic as it gets.

Is Angel approaching icon status, or has he already jumped the shark? Chime in below!

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