I have to agree completly with you DW. I am against exposure, mostly for the brashness of it all. How dare someone take my Art, my joy, and throw it to the mud and make it out to be some cheap trick that anyone can do! It was a tremendous slap in the face to those performers who use many of the illusions exposed as their livelihood.
The excuse the Masked Magician used was "to force the Magic community to come up with new and exciting effects, and retire the old." (my paraphrasing). Who died and made him Lord God and King of all Magical Illusions? I don't remember voting him supreme power......
As you say, the average layperson doesn't care one whit about the secret. They think they do, but they really don't. They are all about entertainment, and if you wow them with a great effect, half the fun for them is to try and figure it out. They'll give up after a moment or two, and then enjoy the fact that they've just seen a small miracle.
There are 6 billion people in this world. You haven't performed for one tenth of one tenth of one tenth of a percent of them, and if you do happen to perform for someone who caught that show, chances are you can use that to boost your own performance.