First of all, I'm in the camp that supports Criss in his entertainment vision. It's not Slydini doing the one-coin routine, it's a whole other implementation which doesn't have to make close-uppers happy.
With that said, check out: This discussion of Criss Angel\'s shows
This is absolutely fascinating. Page 2 is particularly interesting but if you have time, read it all. It's a discussion amongst laymen who fall into one of more or less three camps:
1) Criss really does magic/magick.
2) Criss isn't a magician but he used mind control over the live and TV audience (!)
2) Criss is a magician/illusionist using "matted-out/airbrushed wires" and "generic '80s metal band bimbo extras" as "fake audiences".
Interestingly (ironically?), nearly 100% of the relevant comments prefer Blaine's work, generally assigning it more credence for having been performed in more "real" settings. Would you have expected that?
Especially insightful comments for our own reference: "Can't he find a better school-of-acting-for-beginners to get them for free?" and "So much editing and set-up that all the tricks are meaningless...", these from an apparent layman. (But remember that some folks who posted were amazed by the demonstrations and couldn't explain any of them.)
So nothing new: the world is still full of entertainment lovers, naive shut-eyes, and sarcastic cynics.
WHAT, however, can we glean from these comments for ourselves?