If Lee Asher has some sort of copyright dispute with Oz, then I haven't heard about it, maybe Lee is sort of immature himself, but who really cares, it's beside the point. The point is that REAL magicians don't tell other people not to enjoy the magicians that they enjoy. You can say the same for musicians, chefs, comedians, mimes, etc. It's entertainment folks. People watch it because it's supposed to be fun.
My main problem with him is that, though he is mechanically gifted, he has absolutely no presentation. While some of you will say that having no presentation is his presentation, I know and regularly speak with a good number of professional magicians and they say the same thing.
Maybe these so-called professionals should consider that the presentation that they think is so awful has outperformed their tired old schtick by a factor of about a million. I wouldn't say that he has no presentation, I would say that he has a BRILLIANT PRESENTATION
which other magicians can study and learn from. As far as slight of hand art goes, Blaine is OK but certainly not the top of his field. As far as presentation--I absolutely love him, and won't miss his new special for all the world.
I could get into deep details of why I think his presentation is so brilliant but its beyond the scope of this post and this thread. Maybe another time.