ok the effects you just mentioned, are so simple it wasnt even worth remembering, seriously you really need to hop off blains, nvm, and think logicly, the only reason they are on tv is because their odd characters. they are just average magicians that are good on tv, nothing more. and uh, most the stuff they do on the tv, cant be done well, off the tv without or without friends if you know what im saying.
I know Blaine isn't the best out there, that's obvious. But what makes him good is the fact that he came up with an idea to get himself on TV and be successful. He also had the skill and presentation to pull off good material on the show. He inspired so many kids, teens, and adults to take up magic and actually be serious in it, including myself. That's what makes him great, that's what makes him mentionable in the Hall of Fame. And by "freinds", if you mean camera tricks and stooges, I agree for Angel. But Blaine rarely use either. Blaine is also an exceptional live performer if you even doubted it. He used to work in resturaunts and bars. He also performed for countless celebrities, including Bill Clinton.