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5 things we learned from 'Criss Angel BeLIEve': 'Ship Appearance'

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It's hard to believe (no pun intended) that we've come to the last episode for this season of Criss Angel BeLIEve. After weeks of crazy demonstrations and reveals, we almost don't want it to end. But it's time to take a break, although not before we talk about making boats appear in Cabo San Lucas. Here are the five things we learned from "Ship Appearance."

If you’ve missed them earlier, you can also check out the five things we learned from ‘Blind’, ‘Bullet Catch’, ‘Raise The Dead’, ‘Levitating Shaq’, ‘Alligator Torture Escape’, ‘Lord of Illusions’, ‘Double Straight Jacket’ and 'Elephant Herd Vanish'.

01) You can translate a demonstration from the stage (sort of). The basic concept for "Ship Appearance" is lifted from one of the demonstrations in the BeLIEve live show, where Criss makes a motorcycle appear. Given how different stage magic is from TV magic, it's interesting that such a thing is a possibility (even though the ship demonstration has a couple extra layers to it than the motorcycle one). And considering that the live show is pretty impressive, we're all for demonstrations from it finding a wider audience.

02) Magic appeals to audiences around the world. This is the first time we've gotten to see Criss take a demonstration outside of the United States. It gives us a glimpse at how his audience extends into other countries (more than a hundred of which will get to see BeLIEve through international distribution). The wonder of watching the impossible become possible is something that's universal no matter where you are or what language you speak.

03) Hurricane warnings are not a suggestion. Multiple episodes have had weather as a factor, but this is the first time we're talking about weather that's classified as a natural disaster. Forget the demonstration - we're happy that nothing more serious happened. And given the number of weather issues we've seen over just this season of BeLIEve, we now understand why many magicians prefer to keep their acts inside.

04) Consequences, part two. As we mentioned when we discussed 'Double Straight Jacket,' that demonstration left Criss with shoulder issues, and in this episode, we're privy to him uncovering the extent of his injuries. You have to admire his transparency in including this as part of the show. Other people might have wanted to keep the personal private, especially when it's something negative like this. But in allowing us to see it, Criss not only illustrates the real grind of being a professional magician, but remains genuine with his audience. He's never shied away from showing us when he's been in a bad mood or something hasn't worked right. His profession might be about blurring the lines, but that doesn't exclude him from being a real person.

05) Criss has the best fans in the world. We're not just saying that because of what we saw in this episode, although that was pretty impressive. This one comes from our personal experience. Over the ten weeks we've been writing about this show, we've gotten to know quite a few of the Loyals. And we've been flattered by how these fans have welcomed us into their world and supported our coverage of BeLIEve. There are a lot of passionate fan bases in the world, but not many with the compassion of the Loyals. So if any of you are reading this, give yourselves a virtual pat on the back. You deserve it for not just your support of Criss, but how you treat each other and everyone else, too.

That does it for our coverage of Season 1 of Criss Angel BeLIEve, but we're not going anywhere. Stay with us as we'll be continuing to cover all things Criss Angel-related, and sharing with you anything else that we might learn. If you missed anything from the season, you can click here to visit our show archive.

(c)2013 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Examiner with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted. Visit my official website and follow me on Twitter at @tvbrittanyf.

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