It doesn't even matter b/c you'll still never learn anything. It wasn't an arguement because I wasn't disagreeing that Criss Angel uses camera tricks or stooges or not. I was telling you what querty was trying to say....just leave it alone (if it's wrong, let it be. It's not hurting anyone. Just b/c you're disappointed and hate Criss, you don't have to spread the bad attitude towards everyone else. Laypeople love it and that's all that matters).
I think he's a bad influence on the younger magicians who may one day be on Tv and may follow in his footsteps and become stoogefreaks or cameratrickfreaks. Lay people love his show because they think he's doing real illusions, if they knew he's doing television magic, they'd call him a fraud.
If. That's a strong word. Okay, now you started an arguement.
I'm not saying he does use "television magic" and I'm not saying it's okay if he does. Criss Angel has won numerous awards (you can't get awards for doing camera tricks) and is respected by some of the most respected names in magic. Younger magicians who hate him will never follow in his footsteps and like you said, they will be disappointed when they find out (so they won't follow him right?
). More than half of the laypeople who watch the show thought he was a fraud from the very beginning and the people who do believe it actually enjoy it (hurray for them). Are you saying we shouldn't believe in magic? You can easily notice that he uses stooges and camera editing but not in the way anyone thinks. When he levitated, nobody believed him so they thought he did camera tricks. Blaine levitated like 4 feet or something with just a balducci (how did he do that. Wow, amaaaaazing!). Let's view what a television is first. It was invented a long time ago so people could get news and communication and the rich families bought one set so they could have some entertainment. Criss is known for his television show, Mindfreak. What's a television show? A specific series of news, communication, or entertainment. It certainly isn't the first two so it must be entertainment
. It isn't news or communication because it isn't all factual and it doesn't send a message. So you can believe it's magic or not (there's no such thing as "fake magic") but either way, it's entertainment. I don't mean to shove anything in your face but I'm just voicing what I think of the subject.