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Using Syphon internally – there’s nothing wrong with doing that, and your per-frame drawing shouldn’t suffer, though the SyphonClient will take a moment to find the server initially. You could use a shared context and the server’s -newFrameImage to get the texture, without the involvement of a SyphonClient.
Syphon shouldn’t cause a crash, ever. The documentation tells you when a method can fail, and what the result of failure will be (eg bindToDrawFrameOfSize: returns a BOOL to indicate success). Check return values and code to deal with the failure value being returned.