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Criss An­gel can lev­i­tate, tele­port him­self and split bod­ies in half. But be­com­ing a house­hold name re­quired much more than magic: “I worked my ass off !” the 48-year-old ( born Christo­pher Ni­cholas Saran­takos) says of his jour­ney from do­ing magic tricks for tips at restau­rants in his na­tive Long Is­land, N.Y., to head­lin­ing stage shows that re­port­edly rake in $70 mil­lion a year. “It took me 18 years to be­come an overnight success, but I wouldn’t give up on my dream.” Here, the star of the A&E spe­cial Trick’d Up talks to In Touch about his top-se­cret tech­niques, his tod­dler son Johnny’s brave battle with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia and his im­prob­a­ble rise from cardtrick-lov­ing kid to megas­tar ma­gi­cian.

see it with your own eyes.

You’ve been hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter stunts in the past; ever worry you’ll se­ri­ously in­jure your­self? CA: I had surgery on my shoul­der be­cause I tore the bi­cep off the bone, but I have been for­tu­nate not to have done more dam­age con­sid­er­ing my body phys­i­cally goes through hell each per­for­mance.

You have a lot of celeb fans. Why do you think they’re so drawn to you? CA: I think be­cause I’ve been around for so long. I also do about 450 shows a year, so word of mouth re­ally builds.

Your son, Johnny [with ex-wife Shaunyl Ben­son], was di­ag­nosed with leukemia last Oc­to­ber. How’s he do­ing? CA: We are very, very thank­ful he’s in re­mis­sion but with pe­di­atric can­cer, you are never out of the woods. That fear of the mon­ster around the cor­ner is al­ways present.

How do you cope? CA: I be­lieve I was put in this sit­u­a­tion so I could be a voice and raise aware­ness. I have a web­site where peo­ple can do­nate: crissan­gel­help.com. Ev­ery sin­gle cent goes to re­search and treat­ment. Johnny is a mir­a­cle and he’s changed my life. I truly ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery day now. Life re­ally is pre­cious. ◼

“El­lie’s lips look like they’ve been stung by bees,” says Michi­gan plas­tic sur­geon Dr. An­thony Youn. He blames the painfully plump ap­pear­ance on post-in­jec­tion swelling: “It’s very com­mon.” Even the teen’s famed lip kit can’t fix this! Bev­erly Hills plas­tic sur­geon Dr. David M. Am­ron blames too much filler ap­plied un­evenly. “Her lips looked fine be­fore,” he says. “She should have left them alone!”

“I had my mouth done when I was 27,” ad­mits the French film ac­tress. “It was a botched job.” Dr. Lorenc agrees: “Her lower lip should be larger than the top, and that is not the case here.”

OWN­ING THE STAGE “I just want to move peo­ple and mo­ti­vate them to go af­ter their dreams,” says Criss (per­form­ing his one of his trade­mark tricks at Ve­gas show). How’d he do that?! BORN TO PER­FORM Criss says his dad (here hold­ing him up as a child) wanted

BE­FORE FAR­RAH ABRA­HAM, 25 “I wanted a lip im­plant,” ad­mits the Mom star, who wound up in the hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to the anes­the­sia. “It hurt!” VIC­TO­RIA BECK­HAM, 42 EL­LIE GOULD­ING, 29

BE­FORE HI­LARY DUFF, 29

BE­FORE EM­MANUELLE BÉART, 53 GOLDIE HAWN, 70 The Over­board star looks like she’s gone, well, over­board. “Her lip filler should be dis­solved and done in a more con­ser­va­tive way,” ad­vises Dr. Am­ron. BE­FORE KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN, 32 BE­FORE COURT­NEY STODDEN, 22 Lik

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