I just want to say my part in this issue:
Notice that nobody is posting posts about David Blaine uses stooges and gimmicks? What about David Copperfield? Lance Burton? Jay Sankey? Nope. Why could that be? Although all of these magicians use gimmicks and stooges, Criss Angel is the only one that seems to have an ongoing debate about him. Why?
It all lies in the presentation. It looks like he doesn't eally care about the magic, and is just doing it for the publicity. There's hardly any suspense, no mystery, he just thinks magic is just making miracles, which isn't true. It's about entertaining the audience. If he's just boring all the time, the presentation gets boring, and people will want to know how it's done. Which then leads to the theory of him using stooges.
Now, if you like Criss, then that's fine with me. But I don't think he's that great of a magician.
I agree, whenever Criss does a trick he seems...bored. Uninterested, unexcited. I also think he's emo, but that's another story.
There are some tricks of his where he NEVER EVEN SMILES. You HAVE to smile, no matter how creepy the trick is. Like, maybe an evil grin at the end. But a smile nonetheless.