And yes that does make you an illusionist. An illusionist is simply someone who entertains an audience with the use of illusion. No definition states that the illusion must me performed live, or that the apparatus must be inspectible.
So by your answer to my question I'm assuming you are ok with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg being called illusionists if they ever want to go by that title?
And Edward Norton in the movie The Illusionist could be considered an illusionist in real life as well?
I bolded the important part. Lucas and Spielberg aren't using illusion, they're using studio special effects. Norton is an actor, nothing more. He simply played a part of an illusionist and acted in a movie that was created with studio special effects. No magic was involved, therefore no magic was performed.
That doesn't matter according to his definition. You people are all over the place. You provide your example and when I submit something that uses your example you say oh no wait a minute.
According to miniserb it doesn't matter that it was a studio special effect. Everything that Edward Norton did in the movie was an illusion. Doesn't matter the method according to him.
No, my definition definitely requires the use of an illusion. Read it. I simply said that Criss may not have used examinable tables in his vanish illusion, but then again, you can't inspect Copperfield's walking through steel illusion or Origami.
You're missing my point that there's a difference between doing an illusion or trick on film, and an illusion or trick live. Live, you have misdirection. You make the audience look where you want, and then accomplish the magic while their attention is elsewhere, and they can't go back in time and watch again to find the secret. If you were to have just a straight shot of an illusion on film, and you could watch it 25 times, rewinding at your discretion, I'm sure you could figure it out after a while.
And NO, I'm not a Criss Angel "follower" I'm just tired of people ripping on him for the wrong reasons.
Bottom line, people like his TV show, and they watch it. He makes money, as does A&E. He's entertaining
an audience with magic and illusion, which is more than I can say for a lot of "magicians" I've seen.