sirbrad and thecooltonto
You think Criss is a cheap magician who relies on Camera Tricks and who uses stooges excusively. thecooltonto mentioned that only 1 or 2 people agreed with me.
Is this what others think? Perhaps some. But let us look at some of the comments of some people that have names larger then either of us.
"Criss Angel is going to be a huge superstar in the world of magic,"
"I predict that he will eclipse David Copperfield at some point because he is brilliant, he cares about magic and is willing to think outside the box.”
He's the only guy who is out there on A&E, with huge ratings and is known...he's the logical choice,"
So to sirbrad and thecooltonto and anyone else.
Do you guys have a tv show? Where are your ratings? Armchair analysis is easy, put something out there on Video, let people compare you to Criss. Talk is cheap. Produce, if not then why are you criticizing so blindly?
His show last year started with a very small budget. It didn't have the money most people think.
Are you guys winning awards? Its one thing to be critical of someone's magic but what specifically can you compare from yourselves on video to Criss?
"He is the most important person in magic this side of Doug Henning,"
“Criss is presenting a new and different form of magic. He’s definitely bringing it into the future and I can’t think of anybody who’s doing it better.”
Daugther of Harry Blackstone, Jr.
"He is now the leading edge and the epitomy of magic,” said Blackstone. “We try to advance the art and the science of magic and he was the absolute perfect choice this year."
What people here are failing to realize is that Criss Angel has a tv show, is an entertainer, is an Artist.
From the Salvador Dalí type of surealism in the cut sequences, to using some original music with the illusions, to doing illusions that people haven't seen performed in this way. A new take on Old tricks, doing things in a different way.
Very easy to offer armchair comments, tell people to no end how things should be done.
I will tell you it is a darn hard to put out a tv show, to work inside 22 minutes with fast shooting everyday. To get things just right. You start to make mistakes. You cut corners. You are under pressure. That is logic, ratings and tv shows are not fun. They are fun when your successful. The mindfreak crew and people considering the time frame and the show criteria are doing a tremendous job.
To do interesting Magic every week for the length they have to do it for is not easy. I can't think of anyone who could keep up that type of pace and interest.
Simple street magic with cards would get half of your audience bored within 2 weeks.
Creating with vison on a timely basis is a darn hard thing to do.