Man, what a week for magicians.
First, David Blaine’s spectacular, super-secret finale to “Dive of Death” bombs because of technical glitches. Now, Criss Angel is getting pasted with awful reviews for “Believe,” his new collaboration with the Cirque du Soleil folks on stage in Las Vegas. Though magicians regularly like to debate the differences between Blaine and Angel, the two have a lot in common this week.
Blaine has been getting ripped by countless bloggers, talking heads, comedians and even a snitty Anderson Cooper. Pretty rough for a guy who actually apologized the morning after the big jump. Still, none of it compares with the indignity of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog pulling a Mary Jane Watson on Blaine.
But Blaine has had it relatively easy compared to Angel. You’ve probably already seen Doug Elfman’s review of audience members’ take on the show in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Elfman eschews the show and opts to interview audience members who were, at best, ruthless. An alleged PR rep for Angel told the magician’s side of the story to Perez Hilton. Other bloggers and columnists have made the people quoted in the Elfman story look like soccer moms (too many links for linking, sorry). Unfortunately, a review written by a columnist who actually saw the show doesn’t give much hope for it, either.
Lost in all this is the magic. Angel’s fourth season of Mindfreak is improved from previous seasons, in regards to actual magic being shown. Tickets for “Believe” are selling fairly well. And Blaine’s “Dive of Death” featured some of the best magic since, arguably, his first, groundbreaking special. If your friends and co-workers are dogging Blaine or Angel, don’t get disheartened. Blaine and Angel are larger than life, because of their ambitious projects that don’t always pan out. That doesn’t mean you can’t still floor your friends with your ambitious card routine.