No, and I see a lot of people who are sick and tired of watching magic on TV. "Mr. Serious Mentalism" isn't entertaining: Case in point "Phenomenon". The crappy ratings are all the proof I need.
Secondly, It's true that you don't see those effects on TV, but you do see them in the acts of nearly every successful working professional.
Have a look at the top guys in the restaurant magic field. . . see any "mindfreaks"? I rest my case.
Why do people watch it? Why do t.v. stations still pay the performers?
People still do watch it. and they love it. If they didn't, then why would they still be on? PEOPLE LOVE THAT KIND OF MAGIC.
Magic is suppose to be amazing.
I disagree with you here. The thing is, frankly, Magic close up without the burning unblinking camera is easier and can be more devastating. Why? Because with good presentation you have your old friend misdirection on your side. With any skill you can do what Blaine/Angel do but better and without all the setup and retakes.
I agree with you that people react when you see it on TV. Because that's what the editor shows you. The things they don't show you is what is important. The time it takes to setup, how many times people don't react. There are plenty of magicians who do devastating work that have never performed for TV.
Criss Angel works for a basic cable channel to btw. I respect what he does and what he has done for the art. I even like his show. But guess what? He had to start somewhere too. I bet that he got his chops performing old-timer tricks like cups and balls and the linking rings. And if you want to be just like him don't ask other people for effects and performance ideas for closers invent your own way of doing things and presenting them because that's what Criss Angel does. He doesn't go online with a bunch of rude teenagers (and by rude teenagers I mean you) and ask for devasting closers. He creates his own (presentations I mean).
For my closer I want to encourage you to be just like Criss Angel and go out and create your own closers, work hard, become successful and remember who you stepped on and were nasty to when you started. Don't forget to ignore good advice along the way and ignore the classics that will teach you the skills that you will need to create great presentations and effects later. Oh and don't do things like spirit slates (old) Invisible deck (old) Card through window (old). Don't perform a torn and restored card or an impossible card location or pick a card find a card, or a collectors plot, or a magician in trouble plot, or a salt pour, or a torn and restored sugar packet, or a 3 fly routine, or a coins through table, or anything with sponge, because all that stuff is old too. Essentially what I would do If I were you is walk to the table and float away every time. Clearly, that's what people want to see. They don't want to forget why their food is late, they don't want to laugh and be entertained. They want to be impressed with your skill as a magician so they can go home order magic from a website and live in a pipe dream of perfect magic so they can argue with a bunch of people they don't know who clearly aren't any good (I hope everyone picked up on my sarcasm, I tried to lay it on pretty thick).
Look just go out and have fun. This isn't about fooling anyone. The magic of magic is making something memorable. It isn't memorable if a person walks away from a table saying "He did something. I don't know what he did to bend those coins but he did something". You want them to say " I want to see that guy again he was really good. I don't remember waiting for the table [or meal]."
Austin feel free to call me whatever you want. Chances are you've already made up your mind anyway. Wether you take anything away from this thread or not I wish you good luck and I hope that one day you can stand up and say those guys were wrong.
I recognize that I am contradicting some advice I gave in some other posts but for me there is a difference between a person who wants to perform magic and doesn't where to start or may have that sense of being overwhelmed versus asking for advice and help and not listening at all.
I apologize for resorting to calling the young man rude.
Thanks all for your time.