Famous 20th Century Magicians

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Harry Houdini
(Illusionist)

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Birthdate: March 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 31, 1926

Legendary magician Harry Houdini initially worked as a trapeze artist named “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air” and was later known for his iconic stunt of escaping from handcuffs, at times even under water and while buried alive. He died after a blow to the gut damaged his appendix.

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David Blaine
(Magician)

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Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

David Blaine is a one of the most popular magicians and illusionists globally who fascinates others with his magic tricks, endurance stunts and extreme performances. His famous stunts include Frozen in Time and Above the Below. He started as a street performer and later began doing television shows.

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Penn Jillette
(Magician)

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Birthdate: March 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States
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David Copperfield
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Birthdate: September 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Metuchen, New Jersey, United States

David Copperfield is a famous American magician. Such is his popularity that his TV specials have received 38 Emmy Award nominations, out of which they have won 21 awards. He also has 11 Guinness World Records under his belt. Also known for his charitable activities, Copperfield founded a rehabilitation program called Project Magic, which is used in over 1100 hospitals.

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Teller
(Magician and illusionist)

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Birthdate: February 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Siegfried Fischbacher
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Birthdate: June 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Gau Munich-Upper Bavaria, German Reich
Died: January 13, 2021

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Harry Anderson
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Birthdate: October 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died: April 16, 2018
Harry Anderson is best remembered for is Emmy-nominated role of Judge Harry Stone in Night Court and for his portrayal of Dave Barry in Dave's World. He was also a skilled magician and participated in magic shows such as Harry Anderson's Sideshow. He has also written several books.
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James Randi
(Stage magician)

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Birthdate: August 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: October 20, 2020

World renowned stage magician James Randi, better known by his stage name, The Amazing Randi, had been drawn to magic while recovering from a bicycle accident. He later dropped out of high school to become a road magician. He is also fond of debunking theories of paranormal activity.

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Shin Lim
(Magician)

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Birthdate: September 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian-American magician Shin Lim became an international sensation after winning on America’s Got Talent. Originally an aspiring pianist, he quit music after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. A sleight-of-hand master, he believes magic is more of an art than a trick. He is married to fellow performer Casey Thomas.

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Criss Angel
(Magician)

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Birthdate: December 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hempstead, New York, United States

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Roy Horn
(Magician)

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Birthdate: October 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Gau Munich-Upper Bavaria, German Reich
Died: May 8, 2020

Roy Horn was a German-American entertainer and magician. He was one half of the magician duo Siegfried & Roy. Horn and Siegfried were famous for appearing alongside tigers and lions. From 1990 to 2003, their show performed at The Mirage was considered the most-visited show in Las Vegas. Their act inspired the biographical movie Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box.

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Debbie McGee
(Radio performer)

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Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK

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Aleister Crowley
(British Occultist, Ceremonial Magician and Founder of the Religion 'Thelema')

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Birthdate: October 12, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
Died: December 1, 1947

Aleister Crowley was an occultist, writer, and ceremonial magician. He is credited with founding a religion called Thelema and promised his followers with guiding them into the Aeon of Horus, a time of self-realization. More than seven decades after his death, Crowley remains influential among those who revere counterculture and Western esotericism and is considered a prophet in Thelema.

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Uri Geller
(Magician)

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Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Illusionist, magician, and psychic Uri Geller is best known for his spoon-bending skills, which he has highlighted on many TV shows. He has also acted in the horror film Sanitarium. He has attributed his powers to aliens. He, however, failed to bend spoons on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

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Paul Daniels
(Magician)

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Birthdate: April 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Bank, Middlesbrough, England
Died: March 17, 2016

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Derren Brown
(Illusionist)

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Birthdate: February 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

British illusionist Derren Brown was first drawn to the world of magic after watching a hypnotism show at the University of Bristol. The star of the long-running show Mind Control, Brown has participated in stage shows and written books, mostly with the aim of debunking the claims of false psychics.

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Jon Dorenbos
(American Footballer)

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Birthdate: July 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Humble, Texas, USA

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Michael Carbonaro
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Birthdate: April 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakdale, New York, United States

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John Edward
(Psychic, Television personality)

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Birthdate: October 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, United States

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Val Valentino
(Actor, Stage magician, Singer)

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Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

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Steve Valentine
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Birthdate: October 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: nowrap Bishopbriggs, Scotland

 22 
Ricky Jay
(Magician)

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Birthdate: June 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 24, 2018

 23 
The Amazing Johnathan
(Stage magician)

The Amazing Johnathan
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Birthdate: September 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit

 24 
Doug Henning
(Magician)

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Birthdate: May 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: February 7, 2000

 25 
Chung Ling Soo
(Magician)

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Birthdate: April 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States
Died: March 24, 1918

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Ed Alonzo
(Actor, Television actor, Stage magician)

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Birthdate: July 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California

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Kreskin
(Mentalist, Stage magician)

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Birthdate: January 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey

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Carl Ballantine
(Known for Creating Comedy Magic)

Carl Ballantine
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Birthdate: September 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 4, 2009

 29 
Banachek
(stage magician)

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Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Middlesex

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Lance Burton
(Stage Magician who Became the Youngest Recipient of FISM’s ‘Grand Prix’)

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Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbia, Kentucky, United States

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Wizard of New Zealand
(Comedian and Magician)

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Birthdate: December 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

Ian Brackenbury Channell, who is popularly known as The Wizard of New Zealand, is an illusionist, comedian, educator, and politician. He is best known for his public speeches, especially in front of the famous Christchurch Cathedral. His life and career have inspired a couple of documentaries.  

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Brian Brushwood
(Podcaster, Stage magician)

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Birthdate: January 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fountain Valley

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Cyril Takayama
(Magician Who Is Perhaps Best Known for His Magic Performances Around Japan)

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Birthdate: September 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

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David Nixon
(Magician, Television presenter)

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Birthdate: December 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muswell Hill, London, England
Died: December 1, 1978

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Howard Thurston
(Magician)

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Birthdate: July 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: April 13, 1936

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Cy Endfield
(Screenwriter)

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Birthdate: November 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 16, 1995

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Harry Blackstone Jr.
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Birthdate: June 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Three Rivers, Michigan, United States
Died: May 14, 1997

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P. C. Sorcar
(Stage magician)

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Birthdate: February 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tangail District
Died: January 6, 1971

 39 
Bob McAllister
(Magician, TV personality)

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Birthdate: June 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 21, 1998

 40 
Hans Klok
(Magician, Actor)

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Birthdate: February 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Purmerend, Netherlands

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Harry Kellar
(Magician)

Harry Kellar
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Birthdate: July 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 10, 1922

 42 
Ali Bongo
(Magician)

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Birthdate: December 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England
Died: March 8, 2009

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Magnus Krepper
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Birthdate: January 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norrköping, Sweden

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Sid Fleischman
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Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 17, 2010

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John Nevil Maskelyne
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Birthdate: December 22, 1839
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England
Died: May 18, 1917

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Luis de Matos
(Magician)

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Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maputo

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Jewel Aich
(Magician)

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Birthdate: April 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barisal

Starting as an amateur magician in his village, Jewel Aich soon became a worldwide sensation. The Bangladeshi performer is also a talented bansuri player. He has been associated with several charitable causes, such as acid survivor rehabilitation and disaster relief management. He has also been UNICEF's Celebrity Goodwill Ambassador.