All though I'm sure that once in a while he uses cam tricks the one thing I'm sure of is that he doesn't use them as much as people think he does.
I don't understand when it became acceptable in our community to use camera edits or trickery to perform magic. It may be since camcorders are pretty cheap, and anyone can post a video on youtube.
My problem with camera editing is, it's Like standing on a stage, putting a girl in a cage, then after covering the cage with the cloth....telling everyone in the audience to close their eyes, while you take the girl out of the cage, and replace her with a live tiger.
Where do you draw the line? and who draws the line?
Let's say i am doing an ambitious card routine on youtube, and after placing the signed selected card I cut, then take the card out of the middle of the pack, then i place it on top... then turn the camera on, to reveal the card, and the " totally innocent spec" that signed my card looks all amazed. Is that what magic is coming to?
I could of course just learn how to do a decent DL, some misdirection, put some energy into some convincing patter, and performance... but...why should i bother when i can just use camera tricks?
Why bother learning sleights at all, when i can just get a camcorder and edit away?
Some say I am jealous because he is rich and popular and can do things i cannot figure out. Ok let's see..Juan Tamariz is talented and Popular and does things I cannot figure out... and yet I love him. Ask anyone here if Juan Tamariz uses camera tricks... why doesn't he? If he did, then he wasted most of his life, since he devoted a LONG time to getting those skills. Plus, he does not need to use camera tricks to amaze.
Lance Burton. His dove productions, with scarves and candles has to be one of the most beautiful effects I have ever seen.. I do not hate him. Does he use camera tricks? Why not? because he does not need to.
I guess you get the point. Then there is Criss Angel. It seems to me that if the masters above can become successful without using camera tricks, why does he deserve a free ride? And if they can amaze, and confound, and entertain, without usding camera tricks, why does Criss Angel use camera tricks? maybe because Unlike Tamariz, and Burton he needs them? And I do not like Criss Angel, maybe because he needs to use camera tricks to appear to be a good magician?
Oh before I forget another magician that never needed to use a single camera trick... Bobby Wonder. He could amaze, he could confound and entertain, with zero camera tricks, more skill than i will ever possess and yet, when i see his performances I leave smiling.
Camera tricks are a short cut. They cheapen the art. They allow many to pass themselves off as magicians that truly aren't. They are a spit in the eye of Tamariz, Burton, and Wonder, and those of us, that do not want Camra edits to be a part of our art.
If Tamariz, Burton and Wonder can become Good magicians without Camera tricks, so can Criss Angel, if he cannot then he either lacks talent, skill, the perseverance to practice until he actually becomes good, the patience to put hard work into it...or is just plain lazy. And yes, he does make it harder for the rest of us, by raising the expectations of everyone else that sees us perform. I just do not think camera editing or cuts, or trickery have any role in our art. They cheapen it, by giving people access to shortcuts.