Well how come the dude who created walking on water isn't know at all? Did he even perform it?
Yes, he's very well known. I don't know his exact age, but it's almost safe to say Andre's been inventing magic longer than Criss has been alive, or at least before Criss ever thought of getting into magic. Andre is one of the most creative illusion inventors in the business. David Copperfield for one, has been performing Andre Kole's creations before anyone ever heard of Criss Angel.
Andre's "walking on water" was originally a stage illusion (video is on YouTube) that he adapted for open water on a lake. In the video clip he doesn't walk forward as far as we can tell, but he's not anchored to one place. He can lift one foot at a time to show there's no connection, which implies that whatever mechanism he uses could easily be adapted to go one foot in front of another instead of side by side, which was necessary in the stage version for space reasons.
What bothers me is that Criss knew it was Andre's creation, Criss asked permission, Criss was denied permission, and he did it anyway. Independent creation is one thing, but if he truly had an independent method, why would he have approached Kole in the first place? Professional courtesy? Apparently not or he wouldn't have performed it anyway.
Illegal? Perhaps not. Unethical? Absolutely! It is Andre Kole's "Signature Piece." It's not public domain, it's not for public consumption, it's not for sale. Andre Kole deserves credit for the invention. He also deserves respect from other magicians not to "borrow" his creative endeavors until he's ready to retire it from his show and release it for others to duplicate. It's simple professional courtesy.
Does Criss stay around and greet all 1500 of his "loyals?" Of course, that's his fan base. That's where the money is. I'd like to see some of that courtesy extended toward the people who deserve it. Namely the other magicians he stepped on during his rise to fame.