He's had a lot of bad publicity recently. From his divorce and the mess ....
C'mon, for real, are you that caught up in another person's personal life like that? Good grief,.....
First, I never said the accusations were true. I was simply reporting the bad publicity that he's had. This stuff was reported on magic sites that deal with news in magic. That's why I know anything about it in the first place. I was simply showing that he's had a lot of bad publicity, and it continues constantly. It's not my fault that he just happens to be constantly getting bad publicity, and that his stories end up on the sites that I read in order to keep up on what's going on in magic. For the most part, I know the majority of the stories are embellished, but that still doesn't matter, as he is still getting the bad publicity that I was talking about. Which was my point; and I'll repeat it again; Criss Angel is getting a lot of bad publicity.
Then there is his new appearance, where he has taken a completely stupid reason .....
Again, you really need to ease up on the E! network. As for his appearance, who cares....
It seems as if you assume that I really believe that majority that is reported on Criss. That is by far not the truth. I know a lot of the stuff is embellished. And I don't spend much time thinking about Criss either. He doesn't effect me what so ever, because his fame is dying down, and no one really cares about him in my area of the country. I was simply making a point. Also, if you notice, I'm on this site very seldom anymore. Mainly because I am in the process of producing my own stage show next month, and working on new material. So the last part of your comment was unnecessary and just rude.
As for talking about Criss Angel's magic; that would be quite a difficult task to do, as he does lack in that ability. His close-up magic is severely lacking. His stage magic is not bad, and is interesting to watch (or was).
And then blatantly attacked Jim childishly, even though Criss has done pretty much the same thing in his show. Criss claims to do real stuff, and has crossed the line on a number of occasions.
Actually, Criss Angel has stated very clearly several times that he does not believe in psychics, mediums, fortune-tellers, and the like...[/quote] He may have stated so, but actions speak louder than words. A couple Halloweens ago, he had an episode that he did a seance. Throughout the whole show, he never stated that what he was doing was just magic. He led the audience to believe that it was true. At the end of the show, he did say that he doesn't believe in ghosts, but it was a very quick mention, that really says nothing. That episode itself stepped over a boundary. It was his responsibility to inform people he was just doing magic. He did not do that.
That's just one instance. Now he can state whatever he wants in whatever source he wants. But it doesn't matter if he disregards that and performs a seance where he doesn't inform people that it's just magic, and nothing paranormal. Also, throughout his show he does claim that some of the stuff he does is illusion, and the other is real. So it's left up to the audience to try to figure out what is what. When in reality, it's all illusion.
If he respected the art like he should, then there would be no problem, but he shows disrespect to the art constantly, and that upsets many people.
How has he disrespected the art?..... [/quote] When Criss first came out, I liked him. His first two specials were very interesting. His first season was alright. However, the more I learned about magic, the less and less I liked him, because of his disrespect for the art. First, his blatant use of camera tricks, and stooges. Henning, Copperfield, the Blackstones, etc. went on TV and didn't perform camera tricks. They used the camera to their advantage from time to time, but that's a must for TV (which is not what Criss does. He does blatant camera tricks). But they instilled a trust into the general public that what they were seeing is what was happening. Criss took that trust, and used it to his advantage. He irresponsibly used it by using camera tricks, and telling the audience that he did no such thing. He played on the trust that had been created by the greats before him.
In magic, we lie. It's as simple as that, but we are honest liars. That's something that people know. However, Criss has gone too far with his lies as well. Informing the audience that what they see is what they get, when he's obviously doing camera tricks, or using paid actors/stooges (who he's "never met before") is crossing a line. It's taking advantage of people's trust, which is not something that we should be doing. There is a certain boundary that a magician has. When a magician lies, it should be fun. And the audience knows it's a lie. When you use a lie to take advantage of people's trust though, you step over that boundary.
Criss Angel's actions towards David Blaine are also very uncalled for, and disrespectful. Even some of the comments that he's made about David Copperfield are disrespectful. Criss Angel has an ego problem; it's as simple as that. I mean he goes as far as posting advertisements telling his "Loyals" when and where they can get a chance to see him naked (part of his last season, I believe). He's even gone as far as disrespect Houdini in his last season. If you can't see that he disrespects the art, then you're simply not looking. And it's not like I actually keep up on him. I could really care less about the guy; however, it just happens that he's the big name in magic, and is being reported on the magic news sites that I visit.
Again, I think I should restate that I was simply making a point though. I was showing that Criss has had a lot of bad publicity. I never stated it was true, or even that I believed it. I was simply showing that what Nicholas96 said about him not having bad publicity wasn't true. That was the point of my last post. And again, I get my information from magic news sites, that just so happen to be reporting what happens to Criss as he is the big name in magic right now. I do not go out looking for information on him so I can bash him, because he's not worth it. Also, I have no problem with other big names in magic. I have respect for David Blaine, even though I hate his presentation. I have a lot of respect for David Copperfield. As well as many other magicians (those two are the only ones that come to mind when I think of celebrity magicians though).