I had missed the first few airings of the show and didn't even really hear anything about them. That was until I went out and spent some time with one of my mentors, Mark Wilson. The episode had just aired where they brought someone "back to life" and my mentor described the final scene to me. After listening to the description, I decided to give the show a try.
Man, am I sorry I did.
Right off the bat, the very first illusion on the show involved Criss walking up to some random people with some random junk laying around. The people picked out some pieces and Criss constructed a large spike. He then picked a girl at random from the crowd and balanced her on the spike, right before spinning her and causing the spike to pass right through her. The crowd screamed and Criss got back into his car and drove off.
Seriously? Seriously?!? How are we supposed to take this serious? I'm supposed to beLIEve that he just impaled someone and drove off? And that was the very first thing!!!
Each episode has a major stunt that Criss tells his staff they performing. He sits on a throne and ignores their oh-so-beLIEvable cries that what he wants is not possible/too dangerous. They revisit it during the course of the show and the last segment is the performance. Again, all the people who are not Criss do is stand around, say that it can't be done and look worried during the performance.
I watched two episodes before I came across the infamous "bringing someone back from the dead" episode. They spent the episode trying to find a dead body they could use. Then, when it came time, they had someone examine the body and say the person was deceased. They had a random person lay down on another table and say she had to temporarily give up her life so this corpse could live again. After the girl exclaimed that she couldn't move any more, the corpses chest rose and fell. Then Criss talked about how precious life was and left.
And that was all I could stand. I took the show of my DVR schedule and I haven't seen anything else.
The magic is terrible and continues Criss' reputation that he can't do magic on T.V. that can be replicated in person. Even the stuff he "exposes" is stuff that only works on T.V. (big shock) and pretty much everyone knows how it's done as soon as they see it.
The other aspect of the show is the "reality" portion, and this show falls into the all the tropes from other reality shows with the fake "reality" and all the troubles they experience on the route to their ultimate goal.
I can't beLIEve that they expect us to take this seriously. Maybe the reason the "lie" is capitalized is that they don't expect us to. I hope so, because otherwise everyone on that show is incredibly stupid and possibly insane.