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Donny Orbit
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I remember reading somewhere that Houdini and his brother Hardeen would challenge each other back and forth for publicity. They were friends and it was all publicity. Blaine has modeled himself after Houdini as far as publicity goes, so that should tell you something.

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Well ive seen chris angel and he is a good performer and me and a few others agree that it would be great to see a tricks match between them but it would be kind of corny but entertaining aswell for those who diss blaine I know for alot of young new coming magicians that he is the one who got most intrested in card magic ect... I know he did me even tho I dislike him for his jack in the box stuint (glass box in london for 44 days)not a hard thing to do trust me . anyway back to the point I think it would be intresting for chris angel and D blaine have a competition to see who is the best street performer (my moneys on Ange)

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On 2004-03-02 18:43, ABlair36 wrote:
I don't know of Chris Angel, but if he is jealous of David Blaine, he must be really bad.


Don't even try to say that. Criss Angel has had his own stage show LONG before Blaine ever hit the airwaves. And his show is AWSOME. He has a really original show with even his bands music playing in the backround. See his specials if you haven't, they're actually pretty good even though it seems like he's trying to copy Blaine.
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Criss Angel does a very different kind of magic than David Blaine. In my own opinion, he's a much better magician (just try watching Blaine's first few double lifts in "Street Magic," folks), or rather, he's more creative.
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That is quite true about Houdini and Hardeen....they battled in the public eye but for the publicity. Houdini was the greatest in the world at his own publicity and that's why he is remembered. He also had consistant challanges from many various escapologists and stunt artists...

Infact Houdini actually put out these CHALLANGES himself offering big rewards to his challengers, this was all for publicity.

How I know this...I OWN HIS SCRAPBOOK...found it in an old second hand book store for 5 bucks.
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On 2004-03-25 12:34, dave2lift wrote:

Don't even try to say that. Criss Angel has had his own stage show LONG before Blaine ever hit the airwaves. And his show is AWSOME. He has a really original show with even his bands music playing in the backround. See his specials if you haven't, they're actually pretty good even though it seems like he's trying to copy Blaine.

Blaines first special aired in 1993 I believe, Im not sure when Chris had his stage show, but I definitly heard about blaine waaaay before angel..
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'97, I believe. Blaine's technical skill is not his strong point. He does a few simple, effective tricks. The reason many magicians like him (and correct me if I'm being wrong and/or prejudiced) is because they see the reactions he gets and they realize that they can do THE EXACT SAME TRICKS HE DOES as well as he does, or better. Come to think of it, most of the people here are at least technically better than him. His "hey, man, wanna see something cool" which the undertones of "I'm psychic. I can Read minds. I'm psychic" greatly add to his presentation. Or maybe lack of one...

He's the master of video editing though.
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On 2004-04-03 15:57, trickster2000 wrote:
Blaines first special aired in 1993 I believe, Im not sure when Chris had his stage show, but I definitly heard about blaine waaaay before angel..


1997 not 1993. I too heard about Blaine before Angel, but hearing about Blaine before Angel doesn't mean that Angel wasn't doing his stage show in NY before Blaines special aired, which he was. But Angel going on tv gave him more publicity than he had since he was more of a local before his special. Now he's not a local, and since his special aired after Blaine's, you heard of him second. But that doesn't mean that he didn't have his stage show first.
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On 2004-04-04 22:32, prospero wrote:
'97, I believe. Blaine's technical skill is not his strong point. He does a few simple, effective tricks. The reason many magicians like him (and correct me if I'm being wrong and/or prejudiced) is because they see the reactions he gets and they realize that they can do THE EXACT SAME TRICKS HE DOES as well as he does, or better. Come to think of it, most of the people here are at least technically better than him. His "hey, man, wanna see something cool" which the undertones of "I'm psychic. I can Read minds. I'm psychic" greatly add to his presentation. Or maybe lack of one...

He's the master of video editing though.


I think Blaine is more popular to the non-magic community, since he's acting out like "just another guy on the streets" and he's act seems impromptu to lay audiences. Angel's material is more expensive, he combines "stage illusions" with street magic, it (of cause) requires more "props"

Still respect to Blaine for getting many new faces interested in the art.

Still belive their in on the challenge together though, I't been done before, but my guess is that there will never be a real challenge other than Celebrity Death Match.
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First of all I hope to meet criss in my lifetime( that is a long time, I'm 13). I know how to do his stuff that he hasnt released, it is excellent. david blaine uses camera trickery,thenhe started to do stuff like angel's survival stuff
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This is like Bobby Riggs chalenging Billy jean King. Riggs was over the hill and couldn't get any attention on his own. Same here.
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Well, maybe it is all for publicity...
the man who fooled david blaine hehehehe...
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On 2004-03-04 07:47, JackDaniel wrote:

And by the way:
If Criss Angel wants to look like satan, why does call himself Angel?
- Go and play bass in a satanic band or something!
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Criss wore make up on supernatural because was set on halloween and they thought he would try that as he has done a lot of work with masks
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It seems pretty corny in my opinion. I hope it doesn't happen. I think it makes Criss Angel look bad. It's like he feels inferior to Blaine so he has to prove something to himself by proving something to the world.

Criss feels inferior to no one, in my opinion it's the other way around, David Lame is SCARED! Criss fears nothing! He knows he's good and doesn't have to prove anything to anybody. He does what he does because he can and Blain CAN'T!!!! How many awards has Blain won compared to Criss, Criss Rocks!!
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A stunt? that would be nice but inappropriate. The two are really good performers but with different style. The two are better of doing what they do best. If this happens, I agree with what the other people in this post replied, one would look inferior to the other. Smile
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On 2004-02-28 05:56, Che wrote:
It seems pretty corny in my opinion. I hope it doesn't happen. I think it makes Criss Angel look bad. It's like he feels inferior to Blaine so he has to prove something to himself by proving something to the world.

Criss feels inferior to no one, in my opinion it's the other way around, David Lame is SCARED! Criss fears nothing! He knows he's good and doesn't have to prove anything to anybody. He does what he does because he can and Blain CAN'T!!!! How many awards has Blain won compared to Criss, Criss Rocks!!


ROCK ON MATE !!!

oh btw way criss has 5 world records, many wards including Magician of the year award TWICE

Blaine, has none becasue all of his records have already been broken
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I was watching a magic show on Sky One the other day and the presenter said a great quote...

"Magic cannot be defined by the size of the audience it draws, but by the amount of wonder it creates"

I think that quote is appropriate here...
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On 2004-03-02 14:46, Bill Palmer wrote:
These "such and such" vs. "so and so" challenges are a waste of time. There was at one time a "Doug Henning" vs. "David Copperfield" debate going on in magic societies. It was nonsense. Their styles were poles apart. So are Criss Angel's and David Blaine's.


I still remember the "Doug Henning vs Harry Anderson" bit they did on Saturday Night Live many years ago!
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I don't know why there is such a big debate over who is better. Who really cares! They are both great at what they do and have gotten magic back into the mainstream public eye that helps us all out. My hat goes off to both of them.
Now, Calm Down people!

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WHO CARES, all it would be is a battle of who does more work before the cameras are on or who has a better tech crew. I think Criss is jealous of Blaine's success as a lot of magicians here are.
Dan you have the right idea here they have both help magic, I just hope that people don't start asking me if I can walk up a wall.
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