Friday, April 18, 2008

Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil - 'Believe'

Just two days ago Criss Angel announced the official name for his new show, a partnership project with Cirque du Soleil.

The show will premiere on September 12, 2008 at the Luxor hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The name of the show will be "Believe".

Watch the video of Criss Angel where he annouces the title of the show and why he choose this title below.

Backup link to video at

Also announced was the contest "See It to Believe It!", which is free to enter for anybody, running from April 17th to June 14th, 2008.

The Grand Prize includes:
  • Round trip economy airfare for two;
  • 2 premium seats to the Gala Premiere of Believe on September 12, 2008;
  • 2 nights in a Pyramid Spa Suite at the Luxor;
  • The opportunity to meet Criss Angel in person;
  • Access to the private premiere after-party;
  • US $ 500 cash spending money.
Visit for show details and to enter the contest.

About "Believe"
CRISS ANGEL Believe™ will be a haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil.

Unlike traditional magic-themed shows, CRISS ANGEL Believe™ transcends any preconceived notion of what it means to be emotionally engaged by the arts of mysticism and illusion. Imagine a fantasy, an allegory, a highly theatrical tableau of mood, reverie and emotion set against a backdrop of dreamlike darkness and light.

Criss Angel stars as a surreal, enigmatic Victorian Noble. Along a path of imaginative exploration, he encounters Kayala and Crimson, two women who represent different aspects of femininity, four bizarre Ushers, who will introduce the audience to the baroque theater of Criss’s mind and a high-energy troupe of characters and dancers who mix a multitude of styles into a high-energy visual feast, punctuated by moments of grace and sensuality.

The stunning illusions in CRISS ANGEL Believe™ will not be presented as standalone elements, but as interdependent components using heightened imagery, fantastical creatures and impossible feats of legerdemain, all of which will be integrated into the dazzling, colorful fabric of the story.

If you don't know who Criss Angel is, check out the videos here.

I was mentioning the upcoming show already several months ago and I am really looking forward to this new show. The mix of magic and arcobatic will be interesting to watch. If you are not familar with Cirque du Soleil, check out my Cirque primer.

Carsten aka Roy/SAC

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cirque du Soleil's KA Extreme and Delirium Videos

I finally got around to work with the last of the Cirque du Soleil documentary/making of DVD's, "KA Extreme". I got almost 10 minutes of show footage out of it, about as much as I got out of "Lovesick", the DVD to Zumanity, a bit more than I got out of the Kooza DVD "A thrilling ride through Kooza", but a lot less than from "Flow", the "O" tribute and "The mystery of Mystere" where I was able to get 20 or even close to 30 minutes of actual show footage out of the DVDs.

The audio for this video was taken mostly from the official soundtrack of "KA", which is like the DVD "KA Extreme", available at the Cirque du Soleil stores online and offline.

Backup link to video at YouTube.

While the following video for the Cirque du Soleil arena show "Delirium" is not based on a DVD (because there is none), so is it still over 6 minutes in length and consists of various snippets of content that I found at various places on the internet. Some sources were official Cirque ones, others were not.

Backup link to video at YouTube.

That's it, now I have to wait for new releases on DVD or other sources of quality video footage from Cirque du Soleil shows. Well, there are a few more shows coming this year, so I probably do not have to worry too much :).

Btw. If you like the videos, but never watched a Cirque du Soleil show live, I can only encourage you to spend the money at least once and watch a Cirque du Soleil show in person.

No video can capture the actual show experience. This is no joke, Cirque du Soleil shows are infamous for having several things going on at the same time. Even a very good multi angle DVD recording of one of their shows does not (for the once where they have multi angle recordings of the show on DVD, see my Cirque primer) and will never not get the same experience across as if you would be sitting in the venue with all the others to enjoy (and maybe even interact with) the show.

For more content and information to Cirque du Soleil, visit, which redirects to my very comprehensive Cirque du Soleil primer article that I wrote not very long ago. I created the alternative URL, because it is easier to remember than the full URL to the actual blog post.

Enjoy the videos! Cheers!
Carsten aka Roy/SAC

Monday, April 07, 2008

100 Pieces of Nude ASCII Art Available Now!

Some quick, but exciting news. I introduced last summer my 30 Years of Naked ASCII Art gallery with 30 astonishing examples of text art that depict female nudity as motive for the pieces.

I expanded the gallery significantely today. I added a whopping 70!!! additional pieces. The gallery is 100 pictures big, or 200, if you count that every picture is available in the gallery in two different versions, one with black font on white background and another with white font on black background.

Here is how the selection screen looks like (image is a slightly scaled down version of the action selection screen due to space limitation at my blog)

I was so excited that I also created a banner animation to promote the gallery.

You can put it on your website as well, if you like to.
Here is the code:

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" title="100 pieces of NUDE ASCII art"></a>


Cheers Carsten aka Roy/SAC

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Nobody will get killed at Affiliate Summit, WTF?

I decided to make this post at my personal blog and not at or Search Engine Journal. This story is definitely not worth it and getting more people spending time on it than there already are does not help anybody or chances anything. I also "nofollowed" a bunch of links in the post to prevent that I pass any SEO value to those content, if this is only a dirty "link baiting" scam.

I wanted to leave a comment at Shoemoney's blog, but he disabled comments for some reasons. I wasn't aware of the post and the discussions that surrounded it a few weeks ago, because I was busy with getting my two laptops up and running again.

Let me take a step back and tell you about the background story of this a little bit. I was at Affiliate Summit West 2008 in Las Vegas in February and had a great time. There was obviously an incident at the ShareASale "Under the stars" party at the Palms hotel and casino that I was not aware of. I was at the party, but did not notice what was going there at one point in time, which had to do with the behavior of some of the guests at that party.

There were some kids from an upstart company, including its CEO and co-founders, called Tatto Media (yes, only one "o", it's an intended typo) who had a few drinks too much and started sexual harass some of the women at the party, which is illegal in the United States. The guys were eventually kicked out of the place and that was it.

The sinners and 2007 Finalists: Best Young Entrepreneurs by BusinessWeek; Lee Brown, 23; Lucas Brown, 23; Lin Miao, 20 years old of Tatto Media.

Details emerged later, after the event at the ABestWeb affiliate marketing forums (a thread with the title "Tatto Media - Idiots at Sagamore/Shareasale Party"), where several eyewitnesses stated their experience and opinion about the inappropriate behavior of those young men.

The boys are obviously famous and nominated for a Business Week award for entrepreneurs and start-up companies, which created an even bigger backlash for them. To make a long story short, Shawn Collins, co-founder of Affiliate Summit stepped in and stated that this company is banned from all future Affiliate Summit events. That might be a bit too harsh the one or the other might say, but that is not what I wanted to debate about today.

Following the discussion was a blog post by Jeremy Shoemaker at his blog with the title "How Long until Someone Is Killed at an Affiliate Summit". Those are very strong words. Jeremy who did not attend this Affiliate Summit talked about this incident and claims that this event attracts all the scum and thugs of the affiliate marketing industry, which makes the whole event not only unpleasant, but dangerous, where you have to fear for your health and life, on top of that.

The statements he made seem to be the living proof of the existence of parallel universes, because the event he describes is by no means the event that I encountered three times already. I didn't only feel safe, but also in good company. I met many new and pleasant people and did not come across any of the thugs and scoundrels Jeremy was talking about.

Some others made similar contradicting statements in the comments of Jeremy's blog post while comments were still open. I could not understand why Jeremy would make such statements in public, knowing that he causes direct damage to the reputation of the whole event and not only deter potential attendees, but also casts just another negative shadow over the industry as a whole as if we did not have enough problems already.

I thought that Jeremy did not attend Affiliate Summit because of the overlap with the SMX West event in Santa Clara. I decided for Affiliate Summit versus SMX and thought that he decided for SMX. This is obviously not the case and things seem to be running a bit deeper.

I have a feeling that the story with Wickedfire forums from early February plays a role in all this. Jon, the owner of the forums did a rant about "super affiliates" like John Chow, Amit Mehta, Zac Johnson and specifically Jeremy Shoemaker, titled "John Chow, Shoemoney, Super Affiliate Mindset Camels".

The write-up was bad enough to cause Jeremy to involve his legal counsel and send out a Cease and Desist letter to Jon Fisher (You can learn more about that at the Geekcast podcast from February 2008, Shoemoney vs. WickedFire and the cease and desist order of Jeremy against Jon Fisher.). I don't know for sure and have no hard evidence to back it up, but I cannot get rid of that feeling that tells me that this must have something to do with what Jeremy wrote.

I only fail to be able to make the connection between Jon Fisher from Wickedfire and Shawn Collins or Missy Ward from Affiliate Summit that would be reason enough for Jeremy for trying to damage the Affiliate Summit conference as a whole.

For everybody out there who comes across this post of mine and read the post by Jeremy, I can tell that fear to attend Affiliate Summit is completely unnecessary and not warranted. As in every big city are there places and people you don't want to surround yourself with, if you prefer to stay out of trouble, but to avoid this is a choice everybody has to make for himself. I am looking forward to the next Affiliate Summit, August 10 - 12, 2008 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA.


Carsten aka Roy/SAC