Thank you guys for the warm welcome!
Well, that phenomenon thing is something that really seems to have caused huge discussions and still does. In my opinion Criss was right here with what he said, but I won't argue about the fact if it was a good decision to do. I mean, actually it worked for Jim, didn't it? But you have to consider the fact that he didn't only make this claim on the stage, but also in his daily life, in chat rooms and so on- just like Uri, I never liked that guy. And I definitely don't believe Jim Callahan could really talk to dead people- if you had such a gift, such an ability, would you go out there and do it on stage to win a price? I don't think so. It wouldn't disturb me, but the problem is: when credulous people see it and believe, they will be willing to pay people for doing seances because they hope to be able to talk to beloved people they've lost. And there are so many fraudsters out there who make the big money that way. Btw, Jim would had have still a chance to make the whole scene look better for him in that moment when Criss asked him to prove his "powers". He could have stayed calm, do a little monolog like "it doesn't work this way, I'm to exhausted right now" and so on. But how he freaked out and even tried to start a muscle fight made him ridiculous in my eyes. I know fans of his would probably hate me for saying that, like some Loyal would hate you for comments about Criss... I'm so happy to see that in this forum it seems to be possible to discuss in a respectable way!
I think Criss is just misunderstood by many people. Some things he does or says may be disrespectful, but I think that I understand his reasons. (That may not be an excuse for some behaviour, but for me it makes me respect him even more.) First, he still didn't really get over his father's death, so he knows about the huge want-to-believe-feeling that causes people to fall for those fraudsters. Second, yes he did do a seance in his show, and for people who don't know much about him I guess it looked pretty real. But if you have seen other episodes like "Sucker", and if you have read his book, watched interviews and so on, you get the fact that he did it to show how easy it is to make people believe what they see is real. What he did in the seance episode was good acting, combined with nice illusions. Also it was for Halloween, it was his trick to cause that believe in the moment, even though everybody should already know he doesn't believe in seances!
He has a huge ego which of course has a positive and a negative side. I really guess he plans those putative inconsistencies because as an entertainer for him a negative response is better than no response.
Lol it seems I'm definitely not able to make it short, I really tried my best!