Before I get into my post I just want to say that I have been waiting so long for someone to start a "mourning" thread like this one. I have always felt this way but I wasn't sure if anyone else did which is why I didn't start the thread myself in the first place. So thank you so much Believe for starting this, I, and I'm sure many other Loyals who were paying, appreciate it.
I have been an "Ultimate Loyal Freak" since the beginning. Although it was a large amount of $100 a year to be a ULF, I loved every minute of it. I LOVED getting that yearly package of Criss Angel merchandise. It honestly made my year because it came with amazing stuff. It came with t-shirts, sweaters, a letter from Criss, an 8x10 photo, necklaces, and so much more. I absolutely loved it and I am incredibly sad to see the package and the whole fan club go.
Although many people say it was poorly managed in most cases, I can't say the same. That fan club got me my one shot to meet Criss personally and privately and I owe a great big thanks to the Fan Club team. After all of the years of being a ULF I never, ever thought it was even possible to meet Criss. I mean, heck, I live in a small town over here in Canada and Criss is all the way in Las Vegas. A 4 and a half hour, expensive plain ride. I never thought I would have met him. But thanks to that Fan Club, they came out with a contest called "The Criss Angel Referral Program" which was a big contest with a big prize - a private meet and greet with Criss after Believe, a phone call from Criss, signed merchandise, and two free tickets to Believe. With a prize like that, I knew it was a hard contest to win. In order to win, you had to refer 50 people to a paying membership on the old CrissAngel.com Fan Club. And so, that's what I did. I went door to door to my friends, family and my neighbours, even to some people who I barely knew and got them to sign up to Criss' Fan Club and I got my one shot to meet Criss which was the best day of my life.
I had made Criss a DVD describing how much he has changed my life and just how much he means to me. I really, really wanted him to see it. So I brought my portable DVD player backstage and Criss and my family and I watched my DVD together on the couch and he ended up tweeting about it and giving me his hat.
Without that fan club, I wouldn't have ever met Criss. I miss that Fan Club so, SO much and I would give anything to have it back because it made my dream of meeting Criss come true. I owe them a big thank you and I can't believe it's gone.
Sorry for my long post, but yeah, I just really, really miss that Fan Club.
Jenn, a mourning ULF.