Magic-Daniel, you speak like somebody who has been burned by a product and everything else that the manufacturer puts out after that provokes anger and bile.
Johnny was my mentor for ten years. I went to his restaurant gigs frequently for seven of those years, and every week for the last three. I have seen his FISM-award-winning show a couple hundred times.
Johnny's timing and misdirection are still beyond me, even though I have made my full-time living as a magician for 15 years. He has performed restaurant magic for 20+ years on a consistent basis, often three and four restaurants a week, and the neural connections in his hands are amazing. His knowledge of what happens in the spectators' minds is stunning. He can anticipate reactions like no one else I know. And he has developed a disarmingly polite character that seems like just a supernice guy, but is actually deviously designed to put people at ease so he can slay them en masse like a serial killer.
The problem is that Johnny didn't put a whole lot of thought into his videotapes; he simply transferred his lecture onto tape. And since he pretty much turned his back on the magic world 15 years ago, after he attained the pinnacle and won that rarest of awards--second American to win FISM Gran Prix, first closeup magician to win it, too--and discovered that wallowing in the magic world was going to drive him into the poorhouse, he has turned his attention to making a living at magic. It's amazing how few magicians really make a decent living, and he was determined to make a good living.
As a result, he didn't understand that the easy tricks on his videotape should be segregated on a separate tape, and that the knucklebusting and award-winning stuff should be segregated on other tapes. He didn't talk it over with me beforehand, or anyone, for that matter. They just set up a camera and shot it in a day, and he went home to his two girls and wife by evening. He was determined to shoot it in a day so he could get back to his family.
Although there are tricks in there that you will not like, I defy you to not find numerous gems on each tape. I went back to the tapes last week to study Johnny's Transpo, which is a card transposition that kills.
Johnny won't defend himself because he's too busy working--all the time! When he performs closeup for corporations, he quotes $2,000 for his 20-minute world-championship show--and he gets it. There are echoes of Johnny's act in my closeup show, and even my stage show, all the time.
Johnny has won first place at IBM, FISM, in Florida, and at numerous other contests throughout the years. What were you doing in those years? To attack Johnny as you have by saying that he's a bad magician is like a blind man looking at Catherine Z.-Jones and saying she's ugly. It tells you more about the blind man than about Ms. Zeta-Jones.