Photo by John Schreiber.

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring record- setting illusionist Criss Angel will be unveiled Thursday next to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard.

Magician Lance Burton, former UFC champion Randy Couture and actor Gary Oldman will join Angel in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony.

The star is across the street from the one honoring magician Harry Houdini, a main early influence to Angel.

The star is the 2,615th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars. The ceremony will be livestreamed on

Born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos on Dec. 19, 1967, in Hempstead, New York, Angel developed an interest in magic when he was 7 years old and performed his first show when he was 12, receiving $10. He began touring with other traveling performance acts after graduating from high school.

Angel performed his live show, “Criss Angel BeLIEve” at Luxor Las Vegas from 2008 to 2016 and “Mindfreak Live” there since 2016.

Angel starred in the 2005-10 A&E series, “Criss Angel: Mindfreak” and the 2013 Spike series “Criss Angel BeLIEve.”

Angel has been selected Magician of the Year a record six times and is the youngest inductee of the International Magicians Society Hall of Fame.

Angel holds the Guinness World Record for most people to disappear in an illusion, 100. During a May 26, 2010, performance in Las Vegas, 10 rows of 10 participants were handcuffed together. Those in the outer rows raised a curtain, which fell to reveal that they had all vanished.

—City News Service

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