The demonstration Criss has created for his new television series was inspired by the "Lord Of Illusions" himself, Clive Barker - who happens to be a huge proponent of Criss' since the 90's. Barker contacted Criss originally in 1995 to work on the film of the same name. Soon after, Mr. Barker recorded the intro for Criss' album World of Illusion: System 1 In The Trilogy, and said this almost two decades ago - "Criss Angel is extraordinary: a spectacular mix of visionary magic. This is the future and it can't come quickly enough."
Before Criss even began the creative process for this demonstration, he sought out Barker and was given his whole-hearted approval of the homage. As with any directly-inspired illusion Criss creates to entertain his worldwide audiences, he seeks the proper clearance and approval from the creator. Mr. Barker also filmed the introduction for this illusion and is appearing in the episode. Criss is the only magician to whom Clive has given his permission and blessing to recreate this illusion,and no one else should be performing it without Mr. Barker's permission. Finally, Clive summed it up best by stating "Criss is our real life Lord Of Illusions!"