Two magicians David & Criss now idolized, really came to the rescue in a time where the magic industry needed a boost. Both, I feel helped bring a publicly renewed interest in magic. Mixing style, personality, and unique Stage like effects out to the streets. Not to say they were alone. But clearly they have become the symbols of the public eye in America and soon after captured the Worlds attention. And both mentored by great minds in Magic. Criss early with Banachek, and David with legendary Paul Harris. This is my take on David Blaine vs. Criss Angel. (GOLIATH) Criss Angel I do not think it's even arguable who has had more exposure. Criss Angel in the last 5 years has absolutely blown up becoming a sort of magical Celeb. The success of Mind Freak, and his highly publicized appearances on the talk show circut. Criss has become the rockstar of magic. But not without a price, in the last few years he has divorced his wife Joann 2007 and re-married once again to a woman named Trisha. But not before going out and playing the field a bit (who wouldn't) stirring up some controversy. Many following Angels career has complained about his recent persona. Touting he went from a cool rockstar type magic man, into a shirtless peck pulsing egocentric chick magnet. Which is backed up by the increased number of Female fans over the last few of years. Criss has built an empire, with an actual online store pushing Criss Angel products, toys, collectibles, and even womens panties! (See for yourself) DAVID VS. GOLIATH David Blaine The first time I seen David Blaine I thought to myself this guy escaped not from a box, but a local Sanitarium. His unpredictable monotone-creepy style captured my attention, and wouldn't let go. From a spectators perspective he convinced everyone that he could perform miracles just by his personality. Then David would perform them right before your naked eyes. He amazed everyone with his style and mystical nature, and freaked a lot of God fearing people out in the process. Some would cry in a mix of fear and wonderment amidst his miracles. In plain english he F'ed with peoples heads! Both David and Criss used actual stunts to gain a wider exposure. Davids stunts usually involved feats of human endurance mixed with danger. Immortalized by these autographed collectible posters. A recent stunt/magic effect didn't go so well for him in a Central park. It is said a lack of wind was the culprit. Overall, it seems that David is much more humble. And while both are constantly compared to one another. I feel they are so much different. Without a doubt both I feel have contributed to renewing a deeper interest in the art of magic. By exposing unique effects to the world with the use of there celebrity. - What are your thoughts?