What are you talking about? He isn't riding on the coat tails of anyone. If you haven't noticed, many big names in magic are his friends, and respect him as a magician. Penn and Teller, Lance Burton, Johnny Thompson, Steve Shaw, Luke Jermay, and countless others. He made it for himself.
Criss rode them, now they are riding him. At least that is what they make it appear as though they are doing. Why any of them would even want to bother with Criss is beyond anyone. If not for Blaine, Criss would still be in his gothic thong doing stage magic and virtually unknown to the majority.
But he proved that even a bad TV show has enough entertainment value to still be viewed, and get some ratings. Even if it is between naps, or simply background noise. Would of, should of, could of, DIDN'T. Sorry but Blaine DID, Criss DIDN'T. So about all he can do is continue to emulate him in a bad way. The only difference is that he says every single time, "Now we never met correct? This is the first time I have ever seen you, blah blah blah," the check is in the mail etc.
Oh yeah, and Blaine can actually do close-up magic without a cut-shot at every single crucial move, because Blaine actually practices it. Like I said many times before, Criss needs to go back to the dark stages where he at least knows what he is doing, and stop his childish rivalry with Blaine. It only screams insecurity. Who gives a crap if Criss can outlast Blaine in a stunt? No one.
Blaine still did the whole "TV street magic" thing first, not Criss or anyone else. Get over it, and stop walking around like an idiot trying to be better at it than Blaine by using camera cuts. You are only fooling yourself, and probably not even laymen.