If you only tune in to watch magic effects, you are watchign the wrong show.
You got that right, that is the major problem here. Magicians are looking for shows that showcase "magic," and we just ain't getting that. Camera magic, death defying feats of idiocy, and other stunts simply do not interest me. I think many tune in simply because it is the closest thing they can find to magic on TV. Just hoping to see ONE legitimate magic effect without a cutshot.
Criss came close with the appearing lady from box, but ruined it near the beginning when he had to cutaway to set her appearance up in an otherwise legitimate appearing lady illusion made from a cardboard box. He also got lucky when the flap fell back in for extra cover, but I doubt laymen would know what I am talking about as they do not know what to look for. But cheats in the sense that he uses the camera to make effects look sparkling clean from beginning to end.
If Criss is entertaining laymen that is fine, it is just too bad magicians can't be entertained as well. The last time that happened was Mondo Magic, which was quickly canceled of course. So I guess for now we have to stick to classic DVDs and Lectures.