Yes I listened to the podcast. There are couple of things to keep in mind.
#1. Kole is saying this--about the stooges--
#2. Kole is saying the effect is his.
I am not saying Kole is incorrect. What I am saying is that we haven't even heard from Criss Angel's people or he himself on this. How can we judge>? IF it is legal isn't that up to a court of law to decide?
Another point to consider is that even if Criss and his people contacted Kole, does that mean that they decided to go with his effect after he said no? Was there something else?
We don't know as of yet.
As for stooges if people really looked hard enough you can meet some of the people online who actually were on Mindfreak.(think female in self vanish)
I am not going to start pointing where to look, I think I see people will jump on and off the bandwagon whatever the flavour of the month is to attack Criss Angel.
Like I have said, he has used actors but it isnt' at the level people are claiming.
Think about it, the link I provided showed a 'medium' who had all these strange coincidental occurences with MINDFREAK. Now if this person had said this on air what does this person become? Another stooge?
Granted the person believes in these things, but nonethless she was on it, she did the filming and worked with the people from the show.
She wrote her blog, and even though I don't subsribe to talking to the dead it was unusual her story. (if accurate of course)
Remember the spider (or snake) in the hat illusion? Some magician on this message board-whom I won't name, in a post said this was set up. That he had some sources who gave him video etc, etc.
Well well well, I saw that effect live very similar to the one that aired. People walking about camera's filming, now unless the person was in on it, which I doubt very much, it was a very good effect that has some 'magician's' telling me that the trick is impossible!
Same with the torn dollar bill, another magician on another forum said it was accompilshed by the edit. Like 'hello' some of us have seen some of this you know.
At the end of the day people will believe whatever they want. I just think this stooge thing is really too much.
Mindfreak is criticized for 'stooges' for him talking too much about his family, for the 'edits' for this and for that, the list literally goes on and on.