His walking on water trick could not be done with non-plants because anyone in the pool would know how it’s done.
The trick where the girl disappears with the GIANT blanket. Again that could NEVER be done live because its obvious how the trick works. The camera never pans down.
The floating across the buildings, that was done with camera tricks.
His Sawing himself in half, again you can clear see where the camera was stopped and restarted. Another camera trick. That is cheating.
The girl that is ripped in half, they cut away right before they tear her in two, another camera trick.
Do I really need to go on? 90% of his tricks work just on TV because everyone is in on the trick.
I'm not going to argue with you point by point, but several of the ones you mentioned required no camera trickery. He might have controlled his angles with camera placement rather than curtains, but that's part of the game.
Sometimes camera cuts are simply a substitute for visual or psychological misdirection. Remember the quote "The camera never blinks."
The walking on water did not use camera tricks BUT everyone there was IN ON THE TRICK. That is cheating.
As for camera placement, that is why he is a hack. I could make myself disappear on camera easily with good camera placement but Criss could NEVER do that trick live and in front of a real audience since its all about where he places the camera and when he cuts away the camera when the misdirection is happening. That is why he is a hack. If he was a good illusionalist he could do the misdirection without the camera ever cutting away and you would not see his slight of hand or what not.
Like I said Criss cant do most of his tricks with out the aid of the camera. Be it stopping the film and redoing another take or when he is doing a switch having the camera cut to the plants that is his so called audience.
Anyone can do what Criss does on his TV show. Id love to see him do any of that live and with the camera never moving.
He would never be able to do it