Between traveling and performing, he attempted to further his education in his own by studying the history of magic in public libraries.He also studied the art of mysticism, music, martial arts and even dance." One of the early supporters of Angel was horror director Clive Barker.At the end of the performance, according to Ted Shaffrey, "Before he emerged from the phone-booth sized contraption of clear plastic and steel, Angel yanked out the air hose that allowed him to breathe.Then assistants pulled a black curtain over the 220-gallon (832-liter) chamber to block the view of television cameras and about 100 people gathered outside the window in which he was displayed.While Angel and Madison at first claimed to be just good friends, they quickly went public with their romance, moved in together and even—a first for Madison—met each others' parents.
She felt she couldn't devote 100 percent of her time in Vegas and his career at the expense of her career and her goals."The two were first spotted cozying up last October, shortly after Madison and Hugh Hefner had called it quits.Barker said of Angel in the mid-1990s that, "Criss Angel is extraordinary, a spectacular mix of visionary magic.This is the future, and it can’t come quickly enough." During that year, he collaborated with musician Klayton to form Angeldust, a show that combined magic with music.He fasted for 24 hours before the performance to make it through the period without need to exit and use the washroom. After the trick he was required to remove his own shackles and chains before exiting the water.Within an hour, his skin began to react substantially to the water.He also authored the book Mindfreak: Secret Revelations.He developed an interest in magic at age seven and performed his first show at the age of twelve, for which he was paid . By fourteen, Angel was performing throughout high school at restaurants in East Meadow, including the Wine Gallery.In 1995, Barker asked Angel to work with him on his film Lord of Illusions.He also later recorded the intro to Angel's album World of Illusion: System One.This performance would also become a part of his first television special.Angel has also been known to actively discourage a belief in mediumship, stating that there is no way for mediums to speak with people beyond the dead.