As I said many times in the past, Criss hurts real-world performers by creating unrealistic expectations. You will have laymen asking you to walk up a wall, or float across a building, and Criss can actually do it because he "said so." I also do not find him appealing as a performer in any sense, especially as a magician. A stuntman at best maybe.
You have magicians that are enjoyable to watch, and very artistic in their craft. Lance Burton, Jamy Ian Swiss, Daryl, etc...Then you have Criss standing there mumbling, attempting to do a bad Blaine impersonation, decked out in ridiculous biker attire and bling; acting like he is a God. When in fact his actual technical skill is mediocre at best. Even Blaine is far more superior technically, and comes as more likeable. Plus his presentation/character is original to him, not copied.
You look at Blaine and think, "he is cool." He don't act like he is superior to you, and does not scream in your face; and performs "real magic" by its core definitionâ€”which says a lot that he is able to do this on TV. then you look at Criss, and can only think "what a d***." At least that is my perception. He just comes off as some hack looking for attention, not a magician/entertainer. At least nowadays as opposed to his past stage performances.
lol just kidding, that was a great post and i agree with it 100%