R1, I agree with your post. I didn't think his performance was particularly good. It wasn't particularly bad, but it just didn't seem special to me. One thing that really irked me was his "I don't do tricks, I do magic" line. I think it made him come off as a jerk. Saying something like that on national tv, especially to the host just rubs me the wrong way. I guess using that line on a heckler might be appropriate (maybe), but not to the host of the show you are performing on. I don't think laypeople really see a difference between "magic" and "trick." I have heard laypeople call Lance Burton's stage routine a trick. I really think his use of that phrase made him look bad.