dbaker_creator, I think you didn't really understand me on some points. I'm just replying to clarify.
Let's not forget the publicity stunt magicians, escape artists, and alike that have done thousands of large scale illusions vs Angel's 30or so.
Come on, that's just not true, he has done hundreds of different things. Even if you only counted the big illusions, you can't be serious by saying "30 or so"... average less than 1 trick in every 3rd episode or what?
And I'm counting every effect he's ever done, stunts, illusions, small tricks and whatever, not only on the Mindfreak series but also in his former live show and his 2 tv specials.
And I don't think that he has much free time anymore to learn and practice completely new stuff. So he has to repeat things he has already done and give them a new look.
That's not exactly a defense Ananya. "He doesn't have time to practice" is simply a lack of professionalism on his part. He needs to spend less time dating celebrities and partying and more time practicing.
I didn't mean it as a defense, it's just a fact. And who are you to judge about the way he spends the little free time he has? I would never do something like this, it's his life not ours. You think it's a lack of professionalism not to work 24/7? He has the Mindfreak series, the upcoming live show, he will participate in the film adaptation of "Mandrake the magician" and you don't even grant him an evening in a club after work. Oh well...
I didn't. I already knew how he did the swimming pool walk, and I didn't really care about seeing him walk on a lake.
And that's exactly
what I wanted to point out: my impression in this moment is that you are a magician trying to speak for the layman, and that's just an illusion. You know how he walked on water and didn't want to see it again, fine. But that's because you are a magician
! Somebody who's not into magic and doesn't know how he did it has a total different experience in this case. Let me give you an example of a "typical layman's thoughts", I can do that because I know many people who think like this and I'm into magic just for a short time now:
Maybe somebody has seen a magician walk on an aquarium on stage before. Of course he's impressed, but after a while he thinks "well on stage everything is possible". Then he has seen Criss walking on the swimming pool and was blown away... and if he wants to try to figure out how he did it, he thinks "hmm... he must have control about that environment, this and that could be how he did it." Than they see him doing it on the lake and think "oh what I thought of can't work here, it must be a completely different method...this is a natural environment, nothing above him, nothing under him, wow!"
That was what I meant when I agreed with RadioRob that an illusion that is repeated should be bigger and better, and harder to figure out. And that's exactly what he did here.
Correction, people DON'T want to see the same effects over and over -
I never claimed that, read my post again. All I said was that most of them are interested to see it more than once- which means at least 2 times, but not over and over.
I'm not going to argue with you about what you said about the Loyals- that's your impression and your opinion and you'r entitled to it. I just say that I know it better because I am one myself and I know many others personally. You probably only know about those who write childish posts under youtube videos and online tabloids. I know that they make the Loyals look bad, but I guarantee you not all of us are like this. We all have different personal reasons to love Criss Angel, and some are more dedicative than others. On the one hand I don't care anymore about all the "Loyal bashing" but on the other hand I hate it when people make generalizations, so I had to give my 2 cents here.
Well for the rest what you said, we have total different opinions about some things and we would only go in circles... Just one last thing for the Copperfield issue, ask random people on the streets what they think is more impressive, the vanish of the Statue of Liberty or the Torn and Restored... Don't get me wrong, I definitely don't want to decry anything
. But there's a reason why he's popular for that big effect, don't you agree? People love those big illusions, and that's what they remember for the rest of their lives. And I only mentioned that in first line to explain that "the ordinary non-magician who watches Mindfreak" watches it to see big stuff like that, the illusions and the crazy stunts. It's entertainment. I don't know about viewer levels and so on because I don't even live in America and always have to wait until the next episode finds its way to youtube. All I heard was that about 10 million people watched the building implosion escape, on tv and on the live webcast, and that Mindfreak is the series that has the highest viewer levels on A&E.Edit:
I believe when Rob said, "I want to like Criss".
He meant, "I want to like the spokesman of our industry - who happens to be Criss."
I'd have to agree with that, though it's a shame that Criss technically is our spokesman.
Wait, you really mean what you say, right? You see Criss as your spokesman? Criss never wanted to be seen as a typical or even traditional magician- I mean that's even the main reason why he called himself the Mindfreak. It's also the main reason for most of his fans why they like him more than other magicians. It's a question of taste and there's no accounting for taste, but what I mean is that he's not supposed to be a role model or a spokesman for magicians in general. Though I see where you're coming from, of course there are people who see him exactly like that. But you have to deal with that and nobody can please everybody.