Yes, she’s beautiful – but she’s also talented, tenacious, and tough enough to hang upside down in a straightjacket. Krystyn Lambert is part of the magic team on Criss Angel BeLIEve, and we snagged a few minutes with her last week to discuss the show, and her own emerging career in magic.
Let’s get the obvious part out of the way first: Krystyn is a woman. A ridiculously good-looking woman. The only woman on the magic team, in fact. But none of that is truly relevant. She’s part of Team Angel because she’s earned the right to be there. In Tuesday’s episode, we saw her perform two demonstrations straight out of Criss’s BeLIEve live show. Able to escape a straightjacket in midair and handle some intense pyrotechnics, she is definitely not just a pretty face.
So how did Krystyn get to be this badass? Well, we’ll let her tell you.
“I have always been a performer. My mother was pregnant with me when she was in Guys & Dolls, so I literally have been on stage my entire life,” she explained. “I got my first magic trick when my mother was going through her cancer treatments. I think that was kind of a way to give me something to do in her absence – something to really tinker with and toil with and sort of take my mind off the stuff that was happening with our family at that time. And it worked. Because I realized this is combining acting, logic, and all of my sci-fi obsessions – this is combining everything I love in one practice. And I just completely fell in love with it.”
Though she’d considered pursuing an acting career, a visit to the Magic Castle on her tenth birthday convinced Krystyn that magic was also a viable option, and at twelve she joined the Castle’s prestigious junior society as its youngest member. From then on, she continued to move up in the magic world. Just last year, she won the Junior Achievement Award from the Academy of Magical Arts. She’s been on television. She’s traveled to foreign countries. She was an honor student at UCLA. All this and she’s not even 30 yet. How’s that for accomplishment?
But ask Krystyn, and she doesn’t evaluate her success based on the lines on her resume. Instead, she talked with us about the many experiences she’s enjoyed over her career. “I really look at times like that first time that Criss called me,” she reflected. “I met him a couple of times – I met him at Lance Burton’s house, which I think he mentions in the show – but he called me and said, ‘I think you have potential. I’d like you to come out and work with me.’ That was three years ago.”
And spending weekends in Vegas, while still attending classes at UCLA during the week and keeping up with her own commitments, eventually led to her role on BeLIEve. “If I remember, it was late March or early April of this year. It was finals week. I had the stomach flu. I was miserable. [But] Criss calls me at 8 AM, [and] when Criss calls, you answer the phone,” she laughed. “He said, ‘Hey, I’m working on this television project, and I think it’d be a really great experience for you to come on, join the magic team.’ I didn’t know if I was dreaming or not. Criss Angel’s asking me to move to Vegas full time to work with him? Obviously I said yes, and about three weeks later, I was out here in Vegas.”
“Criss obviously had confidence and faith in me and what I could do. Nobody else really knew,” Krystyn continued. “They knew of me from the magic community, but I just sort of jumped right in and really hit the ground running, and I think it caught a lot of people off guard. They were not expecting such dedication and enthusiasm. Honestly, I didn’t think anything of it because that’s how I roll. I took everything on with a vengeance.”
“It’s just been a really crazy ride and so amazing,” she said of her time on BeLIEve. “So much has happened in a short amount of time. I have such a better sense of what magic can be on television, television production, live stage production. It’s a whole other echelon.”
It’s also given Krystyn an opportunity to shine. Not only has she been a valued part of Team Angel, but we’re getting to see in her what Criss saw in her years ago. Here’s a young woman who traveled with the State Department to bring her talent and share her experiences with other countries. She gave an impressive closing speech at 2012′s TEDxTeen conference, which we’re including below because we think it’s that interesting.
And if the professional accolades and the philanthrophic efforts haven’t won you over, consider this: Krystyn is one heck of a human being. While we’ve been covering BeLIEve for you every week, we’ve gotten to know her, and so we can say that she’s genuine, kind, and with a wonderful enthusiasm for magic. At the same time that she speaks so highly of everyone she works with and everything she’s gotten to do so far, she’s working hard toward an even brighter future.
“So far, people really haven’t seen what I can do. I think they’re like ‘Who is this girl? What does she do?’ I’m actually a magician. This is my life. This is what I’m really committed to,” Krystyn told us. “At least in magic, I think a lot of people see me and think, ‘She’s just an actress who’s learned magic as a gimmick.’ If I wanted to be rich and famous, I would’ve never have given up acting. The bottom line is that I have a very true and passionate love for magic, and that comes first in my life.”
You can see Krystyn in the next episode of Criss Angel BeLIEve this Tuesday at 10 PM ET/PT on Spike. You can also find out more about her by visiting her website (krystynlambert.com) or following her on Twitter (@KrystynLambert).