wow... OK for my imput Criss is a great performer, I understand why some people say he uses cam tricks and hires actors because they are true, however... Criss also has done stunts that are not in anyway or form of magic. He pushes himself over the bodies normal limit! Some tricks, like him walking on water, is an example of him hiring the ladie who swam underneath him. In the magic world I have known that some tricks do require someone to be the secreat assistent. So then why are we getting mad at that? Hmmm?????
Because I think there is a difference between a secret assistant and a stooge. An assistant secretly helps without being seen and in most case it still requires practice to perform the trick smoothly. However with a stooge no practice is required. Just take an object from a stooge, make it vanish and then appear back in their pocket, which would really just be a duplicate object that was there the whole time. To me there is a big difference in assistants and stooges.
And I just found this online for those of you that wanted proof that Criss Angel uses stooges. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL_86AFKEXI
This is interesting. The fact is, that stooges have always been a part of Magic. There have always been people that acted like members of the audience but were payed by the magicians to play that role.
I see nothing wrong with the judicious use of stooges.
But Camera tricks are something else, even camera editing is simply cheating. Why bother learning sleight of hand if all I need to do is get a camcorder and use editing and post videos on Youtube? I can just Put the card in the middle of the deck... stop the camera... take it out of the middle, then put it on top. start the camera, and tada... Ambitious Card...
Why bother learning sleights then? And saying that it is entertaining is a cop out. Criss may be an awsome stage performer. When he is on stage in front of a live audience that is one thing...what he does on youtube, while entertaining, is not magic... may as well say that Star Wars was magic... Ok ya it was, but not the way we mean.
PS. Why is Criss Angel exposing secrets? even if it is am old effect like the one he did? It's against the spirit of even being a magician. What gives?