I love how every time one of you guys watch Mindfreak it's "the first time in years."
And yes, there ARE a ton of better card magicians then Angel, and that guy was probably paid to say that on camera - trust me, he knows better.
Angel is known for setting up a situation, and then making it come off as impromptu on camera. But, this does not mean that Angel is using stooges or camera tricks. Say if I'm doing healed and sealed, coin in bottle, etc, I'll plant the object first so it looks completely impromptu, and this makes the performance a lot more believable and magical for the audience. Of course, Angel planned to have those butterflies come out of his stomach. But, there was no reason for those people to be stooges. Angel probably just walked up to them before the camera was on and asked them if they wanted to see a trick, or they could of walked up to Angel and asked to see something.
You all have to admit, Angel did show some skill last night, and there was absolutely nothing wrong or any scenes that were proof that he used stooges, cuts, or trick photography. I think it's time to give him some credit. He does have sleight of hand skill, and he demonstrated it last night.
As for the oil drum escape - of course it was planned out. But, I bet if I went out and talked to one of my friends who watched the show last night the first thing they'd say to me is "Did you see when Criss Angel like got put in that barrel and then instead they put the manhole cover on top? I can't believe he got out of that not even knowing he was going to do it!"
You have to remember - we are not layman. Were are magicians, which means we can spot when he's not the best at a certain trick, or what he can't do with coins or a deck of cards, but a layman can't. They think that Angel is the best because hes the only thing they see that has anything to do with magic. Why don't someone go out and ask a layman if they've ever heard of Michael Ammar, Jason Latimer, etc. The answer, or course, will be no. And why is it a no? Because they are never on TV and Angel is the only magician they really get to see on a consistent basis. Well, unless they go to Vegas, which a lot of people don't.
And for the card IN window. When I saw the glass I'm thinking "Alright, he's just going to stick the card to the other side of the glass AGAIN." But no, Angel actually put the card in the glass, which is something I've never seen performed before in my entire life. I'm going to guess this one involved a load of stooges, cuts, edits, trick photography, racial slurs, fat people, sports, music, Madonna, Copperfield, and a whole lot of other stupid things to make it happen. Right?