A few points:
That's the problem. I have a feeling you're pretty young and haven't been doing magic for too long.
Wrong and wrong.
Either way, I'd also say that you're not a big fan of speaking in front of people.
No, I'm a blabber mouth. I don't try to emulate Blaine, personally. Every actor has to find his own style. That doesn't mean I don't respect his presentation.
The problem is that he uses great gimmicks...
What's the problem with that?
and a Morse Code presentation
It's morse code to you, because YOU don't understand it. Oddly, people who know absolutely zilch about magic, or public speaking, or any of these issues, understand it implicitly.
The people that were "out performed with their tired old schtick" have been on every national talk show you can name. He's doing weekly shows and supporting himself and his wife for it. He's been good friends with Orson Welles and many others.
If your friend is really that famous, I don't see why you can't just name him. Anyhow, that's great, I wish your friend all the success in the world, but if he's on television the same time Blaine is, I know what channel I'll be watching.
He wouldn't have had the show if it wasn't for the Balducci....If it wasn't for his acting with that one trick, no one would know who he is.
Big of you to admit that his acting (i.e. presentation) involving that trick is what made it succeed. But it's absurd to say that his success revolves around that whole trick. There is probably about six hours of Blaine footage that you can purchase at your local video store, and his levitation makes up a whopping 4-5 minutes of all of that.
All of this reminds me a little bit of the history of Jazz music, and later Rock 'N' Roll. In the early days of the genres the musicians who have studied all of the old classics proclaimed that the new form of music was not technically correct, that it violated sacred principles of the artform, it should be shunned like a disease. But all their windbag proclimations didn't stand up to the simple fact that people liked it.