It always amuses me how 'colleagues' make up their own stories about the succes of other magicians.
The reason Hans Klok was asked for this show was because he gave a outstanding performance a couple of weeks ago on the Ellen show (which will air soon)Both Ellen and the producers where so impressed that they asked him to perform on "Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show"
Concerning the budget: he gets top money + 9 flight tickets from Amsterdam to Vegas + hotel rooms.(they also pay for the shipping of all his illusions which cost more than $ 20,000 - so there goes the limited budget theory ;-) )
While not everybody likes his style but you can't deny that his fast, energetic performance is perfect for tv and that's what they're looking for on a show like this.
I think it's great that they even want magic on Tv with all the exposure going on, the negative reaction on beLieve and the disappointing finale of the David Blaine special.
I feel we should be happy with the airtime given to a fellow performer.
I don't care if it's Hans or Mac,or Kevin or Nathan, or Lance as long as it's someone who promotes the art of magic in a good, funny, original or spectaculair way.
Ps: Hans klok is also a really nice guy and one of the biggest promotors of magic in Europe: his shows in Holland are always sold out, he gave a very succesfull tour in Germany (arena's with 3000-5000 people), he does a lot of TV work and thanks to his succes a lot of magicians are getting more work...