My anwser is YES, it is. I love XCM but I mix it with card magic and card cheat technique because I don't think I think it's what people like. Not all the people would like to see you manipulating cards for a mininute, on the strret, specially you do all the damn high-speed cuts (tons on youtube). Have you seen an "cardistry" short video (from any theory11 user) on street , for people? If you want to be a real performer (instead of show-off guys) with pure XCM, you should be training hours a day (for years) and be able to make a whole long routine for live performance; not for a extremly-edited video. The range of technique will be huge: fans, cuts, spring, perching, aerial, display cuts + other unique things like Motions, Piano Routine etc. The very limited artists can achieve that: De'vo, Jerry, Ciappi, Max http://www.wix.com/MaxVlassenko/XCMMAX/BIO If you can't do that, only other "cardists" will think you do not show-off. Here, if you have Triology or Dangerous DVD, you will understand how The Bucks and D+M mix their effects with flourish. I will not like a man come to my restaurant table and do all the fancy card moves (without music) and then leave.