I've always found weird the way he speaks: it's very flat, using very simple words and a very regular cadence, slightly exaggerating this or that word. It's like he was perennially speaking to a child; which, I guess, is part of the act, but always feels a bit cold to me.
In this video, he does sound very honest at least once though: when he says his favourite trick is card manipulation. I can believe that: his hands are incredible.
He has done a lot in Italy to try and educate new generations of magicians, but somehow we don't seem to have developed the sort of new-wave, hip/urban showmen who are doing quite well in the UK or France (or maybe I just didn't come about them, I admit I don't really watch TV that much). He also refuses to age, slowly mutating in the plastic Cher of magicians.