Laymen love him because they don't know he uses camera tricks.
Criss Angel is not a true illusionist because he relies on the camera.
No offense, but you're a moron. I know, I'm pretty blunt, but it did get your attention. To say that laymen only love him because they don't know he uses cameras is pretty weak. To me, it shows jealousy. Laypeople do not care. Read that again. DO NOT CARE how he gets something done. Magicians do. Laymen like him because he entertains them. That's it. They like being entertained. They don't care how they're entertained, so long as they are entertained.
As for not being a true illusionist because he relies on cameras, prove it. No one has ever proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is. I know that for some of his stuff, he has too, but not for the majority of it. I've read arguments here complaining about him using a Time Machine. So, he uses a trick that we can all do, he sucks because it's not big enough. He does something big, he sucks. It's all cameras. If you don't like the show, don't watch it, but give the guy some credit for what he's done for magic. He's brought the public eye to magicians again.
No I think you might be the moron. Criss Angel uses camera tricks constantly. If you know how some tricks are done you can easily spot his camera edits. Criss Angel regularly uses camera tricks to make simple tricks appear much more amazing than they really are. You either don't know much about magic or you are just in denial.
And to say that Criss Angel is helping magic is just ridiculous. Criss's camera tricks are creating an impossible atmosphere for magicians. Everyone expects the impossible from magicians now.
Here is a little more for you to think about. Criss Angel does little to protect his secrets. Have you seen his street magic levitation? You know the one he performs going up an escalator or completely surrounded at the food court? Well everyone in front of him can see how it is done.
I'll never understand why some of you people just give him a pass on faking his illusions. Does it entertain people? Yes it does. But that is only because the viewers believe he is actualy performing the illusion. If they knew he hired actors and digitally altered the illusions people would quickly change the channel.
Yet millions of people keep going to the movies to watch stuff like Star-Wars, Spider man, Matrix, Die Hard... all movies achieved with the help of CGI and actos.
I am pretty sure most people realize that what he does isnt real. I have yet to meet any one who believes what he does is real.
Most people have enough common sense to realize what we do isnt real... doesnt mean they cant enjoy it. I still enjoy seeing other magicians perform, even though I know the secrets.
And that false cop out saying his show is making it harder for magicians. Making it impossible... thats a load of crap. I have actually seen an increase in business for myself. They love my shows, they dont expect me to do what Criss does... why... because I am not criss.
So dont give us that bull [edited].
Theres also the point to say Criss did have a Stage show. MAny of the effects he performed there, he is taking on to his TV show. ITs his show. Let him do it his way. It is not harming you. ITs not going to kill you.
He has done alot for magic... a edited of a lot more than you.
(got a break from work, figured I would chime in.)