UPDATE: By 1 p.m. the arena was filled to capacity:
@JQHArena Sorry folks, we are at capacity for the show. We understand the frustration, but it's the tours request to cap the crowd at 400 individuals.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Big news for fans of magician Criss Angel. He's going to perform at the JQH Arena this afternoon -- for free.
That's according to the venue itself, which posted the following message on Facebook Sunday evening:
Criss Angel the biggest magician on the planet will attempt a vanish of enormous proportions. Taking place in front of a live audience at Missouri State University, Criss Angel will attempt to vanish over 40 tons of Shrine Elephants. Impossible conditions set the stage as Criss Angel attempts to become the first ever to successfully complete a vanish of such epic scale. Don't miss the chance to see it live and witness history in the making.
JQH Arena (685 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway) opens its doors at 11 a.m. for the 1:30 p.m. show.
Angel is apparently taping for an episode of his new Spike TV series. Attendees will be asked to sign TV releases.