I know I said I wouldn't respond, but here I am responding
a quick one.
If people want to see Angel's illusions, in other words, camera tricks and stooges, in other words, special effects and paid actors, they watch movies like Superman and Matrix. When people watch magic shows, they expect magic, not special effects and actors. There's a difference between a magic illusion, and a Tv or movie illusion. People want to see magical illusions when watching a magic show, they want to see TV or movie illusions when watching a movie.
By the way. I do want to improve my magic. I spend money on tricks, books, and DVD's to learn effects. I practice in front of the mirror to perfect them, I practice my patter, I develope my own style and presentation. All this is for what? The entertainment of my audience, that is what magic is, my audience feeling mystified and entertained. But I don't want to do this by cheating. We are all liars, as magicians, but we are "honest liars", but when a magician uses camera tricks to achieve a magical effect, he's a liar period. I've said that a thousand times, because it's true.
be my last time responding, promise.
I understand exactly what you're saying but what I have to say is not opinion, it's fact. It's not right to accuse someone in the first place without fact. Even if it seems "obvious", you're not supposed to do it. It's wrong. People will believe what they want to believe. I believe he doesn't use camera trickery to perform his effects. He is a respected magician and with some money, he spread it to the world to be recognized. No, I don't like him or what he does and whatever I say about him won't change you're mind even with true facts about typical tv shows. It is necessary to shorten the effects to fit them into episodes, that is why they look like camera editing. You're opinion cannot be supported because you never even saw the full performances. How can you judge an effect by it's climax? You can't. I know this is unethical but just in this case, I will use "trying to figure out methods" as an example. There are clues in the tricks that tell you, "he did it this way" or "look at his hand at the 30 second point" or something but if those things are cut out in order to have enjoyable, to-the-point, effects all stuffed into single episodes, then there is none of that to catch. T.v. shows (even if they are about magic) are for entertainment purposes only. Think about it, with the money he has, don't you think he could make things look more real if he did use camera "tricks"? It wouldn't be that "obvious", would it? Anyway, that's not imortant. What's important is that whether it's "cheating" or not, if the spectator still feels wonder and mystery and it creates "moments" for the specs, it is still magic. That does not mean it is okay to "cheat" because if he is
doing it, it is still suffocating the art of magic to us magicians but what matters most is what the spectators feel. That's illusion still because the specs saw it as real. If they see it as real, then they won't see actors and stooges and camera tricks and lies would they? Superman and Matrix do use these things but they are not magic because they are not intended to be magic and everyone knows that it's special effects and such. If the illusion is created, then people do see magical illusions when watching a magic show even if created by "movie illusions". I didn't want to imply that you were not improving your magic, I wanted to say that you are not seeing magic correctly. My opinion is this: Criss Angel does not use movie illusions. There are methods to them. My stand is this: Movie illusions used for magic do create illusion but they are very unethical. My facts are this: Every book on theory you read, every definition, every interview, etc. will tell you that magic is what the spectator percieves (and it is misdirected and manipulated to create the illusion of impossibility). "Movie illusions" are unethical but accusing Criss Angel of doing it is unethical as well. That's not what magic is about.