Ok, so the thread "It's Our Fault Criss Angel Is Famous" sadly got closed. I would like to continue a similar discussion. Please keep in mind that this thread is NOT ABOUT CRISS ANGEL and wheater or not he is good or bad or whatever. Can you honestly say that magic is getting the respect and recognition it deserves and you would like it to have? I think most would say No and if you take a look where magic is compared to other art forms i think that the answer would be even more clear. But when finally a magician gets into the spotlight, why are we so quick to ignore it? When both Baline and Angel first got into the spotlight they both got a lot of crap from the magic community, they were simply not good enough and magicians got bitter at Blaine because he did the same tricks that we all could do and Angel got crap for using edits, stooges and not being good enough with his sleight of hand and people thought that someone else deserved his spot better then him. Why does not the thought that maybe they are doing something right that we are doing wrong occur? Why dont we try to learn from them? Why are magicians to proud? Magic has been around longer then almost any other art form and magic as a whole still does not get the respect we want it to be and close up magic has changed very little over the last 100 years and from what i can tell its not going forward anytime soon. Still, we continue do ignoer the fact that magic is not going very far. Why? When are we going to face reality and drop the ego and face the fact what we might need to change? We are not going anywhere, what are we doing wrong? Its time to move forward. If you could somehow build a time machine and bring back a bunch of magicians from 50 years ago and mix them in with the magicians who were on Lettermans close up week and let them performe i seriously think that the audience would have a hard time telling who were from our time and who were from 50 years ago. The time in the magic community seems to be standing still. Why dont we move forward? And to the part about Twilight. Im a film student and i LOVE film and i like to watch everything that i can get my hands on. I heard about Twilight and the masive amount of hype surrounding it so i decided to watch it. It was one of the worst movies that I have ever seen. But instead of just ignoring it and think like most other filmstudents or film lovers would have thought. They would have thought that its just bad because they are way above these kind of crapp movies (which might be true) but its a big misstake to ignore a gigantic sucess like that. So i started to do some research and thinking about why does people seem to love twilight so much? And i found out why. A lot of people could connect with the main character Bella Swan, an akward teenage girl who finds the vampire Edward which she falls in love with and becomes obssesed with and nothing becomes more important then to be with him even if its seems like it would be impossible. Most teenage girls can feels some kind of connection with that and that seemed to be an important part of their movie going experience. The actor who plays Bella Swan, Kristen Stewart is also becoming a huge star. She is a pretty mediocre actor but everyone now wants to see her movies, even if they dont really think that the movie is interessting. I asked why? The reason is that they like her because they can feel a connection with her. If you watch her in interviews you will see that shes just an akward teenager who is as nervous about being on tv that shes about to die. Thats why people connect with her and watch her movies and she will probably have more viewers then anyone else in the coming years just because of that. Its easy being to pround and just ignore things.