Partly agree with Paddy on this one.
While Blaine does use alot of gimmicks (the raven, bite out quarter, and invisible deck) I don't think he's a bad actor. Thats his thing. He's a Mysterious Stranger and a dark presence reading your mind. Its not my thing and I think its kinda wack but hey he's making money and doing what he loves so more power to him.
I have more respect for Burton and Copperfield, for one they have been doing it for years and are not a flavor of the month magician. Stage routines are very hard to do and ushally very large and either expensive or take alot of work to think of and build.
But the 2 acts are very diffrent. Street magic is cheaper to get into but hard when you have no cover or control over your spectators and its practice time is just as much as for a stage show as you have to make every thing flawless because you might be surrounded by 20-50 people watching your trick.
Stage vs Street is a debate that will never go away yet will also never be resolved as they are compleatly diffrent forms of the same performing art.
As a side note I know that it wasnt the main part of the show, or a street magic trick but Lance Burton did open with Multiplying Martini Bottles and you can buy those in a magic shop