You are correct that Criss Angel is not the reason people want to see magicians but you cannot dispute the fact logically that his act has not inspired
A. Many new magicians to get interested in the art of magic
B. Magic to be more mainstream and discussed and recognized
True, but I question whether those are positive aspects.
A: Plenty of those Angel "inspired" became the youtube magicians that expose methods - bad for the art.
B: I don't see why magic being discussed more often is good - seeing as it's an art based in keeping secrets.
They may do some lame things sometimes, and at other times do some great things, but David Blaine and Criss Angel have made magic more accessible to many more people just by doing what they do, whether it is good or bad.
Again, I question whether magic's new-found "legitimacy" is a positive aspect.
Secondly Marshall Brodien and David Berglas have been selling magic in retail chains for decades (since the 70s in Brodien's case), I submit that these two have done more to bring people into magic than Angel has - and bringing in people who are truely interesed in being magicians for that matter.
I don't think you could ask one person who Criss Angel was and they wouldn't know.
I've spoken to many people who have no idea who Angel is.
1: If you don't have cable, you probably don't know who Angel is.
2: If you're over the age of 40 (and not a magician) you probably don't know who Angel is.
People want to see it because they recognize it form TV.
You need to stop with your assumptions about why people want to see magic Maloney. Just like your last attempt, this one is BS.
People have wanted to see magic since before TV existed. The art is millenia old, and continues to draw audiences like flies to honey. It's got nothing to do with Angel, Blaine, Copperfield, etc - they're just this decade's headliners.