Maloney- Why don't you actually start trying to look up some answers instead of asking hundreds of questions that you could easily find? And just so you know, Criss acted like Blaine in one of the episodes.
As for laymen not being able to catch Criss; I know quite a few people who know that Criss is a hack. Many people don't even know who he is. You ask the older generations about a magician, they will say Copperfield, or Houdini. Criss's fan base is actually quite small, especially now, since he's becoming so much more of a hack.
There were so many things wrong with that post I don't even no where to start. First off, the people "you know" think Criss is a hack probably because you told them so.
Secondly, no older generations even watch A&E, or any shows like Mindfreak for that matter. They either watch the news or sports - well, that's what I get from it anyway.
Thirdly, what am I going to do, go to google and type in "What did Criss Angel do to rip off David Blaine?" No, I just asked, and if somebody knew they could easily just move their fingers down to the key board and typed it in.