Thank you Zauberer for the constructive posts about the backgrounds, it's clear that you know much more about the whole thing, especially more than people like me who can only take as much information I can get through the internet.
So may I ask you something? As far as I heard, Jim was asked several times why he didn't take the envelope challenge. But he didn't answer that it was impossible because he doesn't have those "powers". No, what he answered was that he doubts Criss would have the money to pay!
So, is this just a funny rumour or do you know if it's true? You know, internet sources are not always reliable, but referring it to everything else I've heard about it...
Jim's act was not that great in my opinion, and I've seen some more videos of him that didn't convince me- but that's all about opinion.
Oh, but when it comes to rumours and Jim making himself look like a jerk, there's something I didn't bring up yet because I don't know the truth here, maybe somebody here can tell me more: on itricks there's a "Jim" with a direct link to Callahan's homepage, saying he's the real JC and posting a lot of things that make Jim look like a pathetic. Whether the poster is the real Jim or not, I've seen many people arguing there with him, and the guy makes also posts about Criss' father and makes "predictions", argues on a low level and so on. I just wonder, if it's not the real Jim, why wouldn't he do anything against abusing his name, at least with a little disclaimer on his own site... because the thing has become so well-known.
Please don't forget, I'm just interested in general because it's an issue with such a long-lasting effect.
And sirbrad, sorry to burst your bubble but I won't turn away from Criss. I said more than once that I have many in-depth reasons to stay a Loyal. But with one thing you could be right, maybe some time in the future I won't reply so much anymore in these threads. I definitely will get tired anytime of defending Criss or my loyal fandom here again and again, when the outcome is nothing than walls talking against walls. But I won't leave the forum, and I won't quit doing magic- and Criss will always be my source of inspiration.