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Thinking about it further, I think I would have greater appreciation for Criss if he performed more like Dan Sperry
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I'm with saysold1 on this, the guy just grates on my nerves. I have felt this way since the first time I saw him. He was hanging from fish hooks and I kinda wish he'd stayed that way.
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I've long thought of CA as special effects technician as opposed to a magician. Once you think of him that way you hate him a little less.
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On 2013-12-18 21:50, Rocketeer wrote:
I've long thought of CA as special effects technician as opposed to a magician. Once you think of him that way you hate him a little less.


Makes me hate him more... Really.
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Since we're hitting this topic again after all this time I want to just make one point.

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On 2007-11-07 14:41, joshlondon17 wrote:


Also, this is a show that is about mentalism, not paranormalist stuff.




Pre Derren Brown Mentalism was very much paranormalist with things like channeling, living and dead tests, etc. There really is no distinction, both the paranormalist and psychological approach are valid. While I wasn't too impressed with Jims act if it belonged anywhere it was on a show about mentalism.
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Good point. I've known many mentalists over the last several decades who have called themselves "paranormalists."
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I think Richard Kauffman says it best in the January issue of Genii.
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What's really annoying is that there is a such a lack of great magic on TV anywhere at the moment. We've got Criss Angel and Dynamo, two of the most uninspiring magicians of a generation. There doesn't seem to be much 'magic' in what they do. Somehow they can turn the most magical effect into a run of the mill borefest. Dynamo 'walked through a wall' the other day. It was about as magical as someone crawling under a bed.
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Six years later and he's still a loser!
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On 2007-11-07 15:32, Dynamike wrote:
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On 2007-11-07 14:41, joshlondon17 wrote:
Jim did his thing and Criss did not like it and he challenged him on it.

I do not think Criss did not like what Jim did. I think some how Criss found out the comments the Café mentions about him. So Criss had it planned all the time for Jim.


I've always been convinced that that sequence was staged and agreed on by both parties...
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Criss Angel, as depicted by Hollywood:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgCxdD84Oug
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On 2013-12-23 02:46, C.J. wrote:
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On 2007-11-07 15:32, Dynamike wrote:
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On 2007-11-07 14:41, joshlondon17 wrote:
Jim did his thing and Criss did not like it and he challenged him on it.

I do not think Criss did not like what Jim did. I think some how Criss found out the comments the Café mentions about him. So Criss had it planned all the time for Jim.


I've always been convinced that that sequence was staged and agreed on by both parties...

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Dynamo 'walked through a wall' the other day. It was about as magical as someone crawling under a bed.


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Because he is unquestionably the worst magician in the history of magic to achieve success.
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Criss Angel uses television to his advantage to accomplish most of his effects. In my view, an illusion is an illusion, and must be achieved some way or another, and will always (at its base) be a lie. Using editing accomplishes an illusion by way of subterfuge, as is the way any other effect is accomplished.
That said, Angel definitely lacks skill but boasts that he has more skill than any other of the big names. In that way he deserves some of the disrespect that he receives.
But what DEFINITELY seals him in as a deserving victim of criticism is his treatment of other magicians and his general attitude.

I attended IMX 2012 in Las Vegas, and there was an arrangement for everyone to receive complimentary tickets to "Believe." This wasn't something I was excited to see, so when the deal was revoked, I wasn't particularly disappointed - especially because Terry Fator offered us free admission to his show instead.
As it happened, Angel told the IMX team that the tickets were conditional - the condition was that IMX had to agree to give a testimony that Criss Angel's "Believe" was "The best magic show in the world." Naturally, the organizers declined the offer. Angel's team then tried to compromise by saying that a testimony of "The best show on the Las Vegas strip" would suffice. Still, IMX refused. So Angel revoked his offer.
In my opinion, this was a classless move.
To add insult to injury, Angel showed up to IMX during the last days to get footage of himself "supporting his fans."

This is why I hate Criss Angel.
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WOW, now there's a reason to show him total disrespect. How degrading for Angel. His greatest illusion is his fame, LOL. What an amazing insight into this guy.
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Like many people have said before me, I don't hate him, but I don't like the camera tricks he pulls. I really dislike when Magicians take it to a level where they are using stooges and fake crowd members/actors. To me it ruins what I love about magic. He is kinda like the WWE superstar to the backyard wrestlers. I liked his close up stuff he did in the bars in part of his show but when I saw him 'levitate' 3, 4 even 5 stories high (on mindfreak) I facepalmed and switched the channel never to watch him again.

I don't hate him I just like David Blaine and others a lot more.
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WOW, now there's a reason to show him total disrespect. How degrading for Angel. His greatest illusion is his fame, LOL. What an amazing insight into this guy.


I know some creators who have worked for him and say that he is a jk as a person. Don't know if that is true, but I take it for what they say since they know him personally.

He will never ever be where Copperfield was/is. Never.
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Perhaps his success is his greatest illusion? He had a successful t.v. show. What else? Yes it made him popular, wealthy and created some hype, but now what? That is over. His new show is a shell of his former, his stage show has never set the world on fire for obvious reasons. So now the question is what is next? What else can he do other than being the star of a once popular t.v. show that is off the air, as far as I "believe" not in syndication or reruns. He's coming into the later part of his 10 year deal on stage. So to me his next move is most important.

I don't really see him as a magician (Burton, Copperfield), mentalist or hypnotist, but rather a well-recognized street performer who had/has a t.v. show.
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Perhaps his success is his greatest illusion? He had a successful t.v. show. What else? Yes it made him popular, wealthy and created some hype, but now what? That is over. His new show is a shell of his former, his stage show has never set the world on fire for obvious reasons. So now the question is what is next? What else can he do other than being the star of a once popular t.v. show that is off the air, as far as I "believe" not in syndication or reruns. He's coming into the later part of his 10 year deal on stage. So to me his next move is most important.

I don't really see him as a magician (Burton, Copperfield), mentalist or hypnotist, but rather a well-recognized street performer who had/has a t.v. show.


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