Famous American Magicians

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Find out more about the greatest American Magicians, including David Copperfield, James Randi, Penn Jillette, Criss Angel and David Blaine.
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Harry Houdini
(Illusionist and Stunt Performer Known for His Sensational Escape Acts)
Harry Houdini
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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
(Illusionist, Endurance Artist and Extreme Performer)
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Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York City, 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
(American Magician, Author and One Half of the Magician Duo 'Penn & Teller')
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Birthdate: March 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States

American magician Penn Jillette is part of the magician duo Penn & Teller, which he formed with fellow magician Teller. A graduate of the Ringling Bros. clown college, he began his career with a Broadway touring show. He has been part of several TV shows and has penned the NYT bestseller God, No!

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David Copperfield
(American Magician Known for Making the ‘Statue of Liberty’ Disappear and Walking Through the ‘Great Wall of China’)
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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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Siegfried Fischbacher
(German-American Magician and Entertainer Who was Part of the Duo 'Siegfried & Roy')
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

One half of the German-American entertainer duo Siegfried & Roy, Siegfried Fischbacher teamed up with his partner Roy Horn to perform awe-inspiring stunts with white tigers and lions. They hosted one of Las Vegas’s most visited shows, till Horn was severely injured after a tiger attacked Horn on stage.

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Teller
(Magician and Illusionist Best Known as One-Half of the Comedy Magic Duo ‘Penn & Teller’)
Teller
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Birthdate: February 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

American magician and illusionist Teller is most noted for his performance with Penn Jillette as half of the famous comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. Works of Teller also includes featuring in the series Penn & Teller: Bullshit! with Jillette; co-directing and incorporating stage magic techniques in the plays Macbeth and The Tempest; and directing the documentary film Tim's Vermeer. 

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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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Criss Angel
(American Illusionist and Magician)
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Birthdate: December 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hempstead, New York, United States

Criss Angel is an American illusionist, magician, and musician. He is best known for appearing in the popular reality television series, Criss Angel Mindfreak. He also holds numerous world records as a magician and was adjudged Magician of the Century by the International Magicians Society in 2010. Criss Angel also has a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Shin Lim
(Canadian-American Magician Known for His Use of Card Manipulation and Sleight of Hand)
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Birthdate: September 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, 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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James Randi
(Canadian-American Stage Magician Who Extensively Challenged Paranormal and Pseudoscientific Claims)
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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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Ricky Jay
(American Stage Magician and Actor Considered as the 'Master of Sleight-of-Hand Acts')
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Birthdate: June 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 24, 2018

The grandson of Max Katz, who once headed the Society of American Magicians, Ricky Jay started his career as an opening act for prominent entertainers such as singer Tina Turner. He gradually established himself as the greatest sleight-of-hand artist of his time. He has also appeared in films such as Boogie Nights.

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Val Valentino
(American Magician Who Revealed the Trade Secrets of Magicians as 'The Masked Magician')
Val Valentino
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Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

American magician Val Valentino soared to fame with his magic shows in Las Vegas. He also revealed the secrets behind several magic tricks on the 4-part special Breaking the Magician’s Code, disguised as the Masked Magician. He is a cancer survivor and is also famous in Brazil as Mister M.

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The Amazing Johnathan
(American Comic-Magician Known for Wearing a Headband for Every Performance)
The Amazing Johnathan
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Birthdate: September 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit

American comic-magician John Edward Szeles, better known as The Amazing Johnathan, was known for his unique mix of stage magic and stand-up comedy. A regular at Las Vegas shows, he also appeared on several TV shows. He also penned a book on practical jokes, but sadly passed away due to a heart condition.

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Chung Ling Soo
(American Magician Famous For His 'Bullet Catch' Trick)
Chung Ling Soo
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Birthdate: April 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States
Died: March 24, 1918

Chung Ling Soo was an American magician best remembered for his final act, a failed bullet catch trick, which ended his life. Born William Ellsworth Robinson, Soo assumed the identity of a Chinese man to perform his magic tricks. He even created a back story for himself and only a few knew about his real identity until his accidental death.

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Collins Key
(American Magician, Actor, and YouTuber)
Collins Key
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Birthdate: May 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California,United States

Apart from being a talented magician, Collins Key is also a popular YouTuber and actor. A finalist on season 8 of America's Got Talent, he later also appeared in films such as Janoskians: Untold and Untrue. He is also known for his challenges, reviews, and DIYs on YouTube.

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Kreskin
(American Mentalist and Stage Magician Who became Famous on Television During the 1970s)
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Birthdate: January 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey

Kreskin became mentalist inspired by comic-strip Mandrake the Magician. He gained attention with television series The Amazing World of Kreskin and has appeared on shows like The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. An active performer till-present, Kreskin prefers to present himself as an entertainer instead of a psychic and never claims of having paranormal or clairvoyant powers.

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Carl Ballantine
(American Magician Best Known for Vaudeville-Style Comedy Routine)
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Birthdate: September 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 4, 2009

Carl Ballantine was an American magician, actor, and comedian. He is best remembered for his vaudeville-style comedy routine which involved his famous transparent magic tricks. Carl Ballantine is credited with creating comedy magic and was honored by the Academy of Magical Arts with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Fellowship in 2006. He has influenced magicians and comedians alike.

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Ed Alonzo
(American Professional Magician, Comedian and Actor)
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Birthdate: July 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California

American magician, comedian and actor Ed Alonzo starred in the television sitcom Saved by the Bell and guest-starred in series like Full House and Murphy Brown. He showcased his comedic and magic skills in a daily show at California's Great America; performed for Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair! and Knott's Berry Farm; and also worked with Katy Perry and Britney Spears.  

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Misty Lee
(The First Female Magician Who Became a Staff Séance Medium at the ‘Magic Castle’)
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States

American magician, comedian and voice-actress Misty Lee who regularly perform Houdini Séances at Magic Castle is the first female magician who assumed the post of a staff Séance Medium at the castle. She contributed voice-roles in video-games like Disney Infinity, in animated TV series Ultimate Spider-Man, and is the only magician to be inducted into the Institute for Analytic Interviewing.    

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Lance Burton
(Magician)
Lance Burton
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Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbia, Kentucky, United States

Lance Burton is an American retired stage magician who performed over 15,000 shows in Las Vegas alone. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Burton entertained over five million people with various tricks. Lance Burton is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Blackstone Theatre Award and the David Devant Award.

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Banachek
(English Magician, Mentalist, and Mind Reader)
Banachek
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Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Middlesex

Banachek is an English magician, mentalist, and mind reader. He is best known for his contribution to James Randi's Project Alpha experiment. Banachek is also known for testing the genuineness of numerous self-described psychics as part of the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge organized by the James Randi Educational Foundation.

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Dai Vernon
(Canadian Magician Best Known For His Sleight of Hand Technique)
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Birthdate: June 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa
Died: August 21, 1992

Dai Vernon was a Canadian magician best remembered for his sleight of hand technique, which involves close-up magic and card tricks. Respected by fellow magicians, Vernon served as a mentor to his contemporaries and aspiring magicians. His life and career inspired a documentary film titled Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic, which released in 1999.

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Brian Brushwood
(American Magician, Comedian, Podcaster and YouTuber Known for His 'Scam Nation' Series)
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Birthdate: January 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fountain Valley

American magician, comedian, podcaster and YouTuber Brian Brushwood quit his Dell job to follow his passion for magic. Every year, he performs 100–200 live-shows of Bizarre Magic (which combines old sideshow-stunts, conventional-magic, mind-reading and comedy) on college campuses across the US. He has also gained attention with internet broadcasting shows like Scam Nation, Weird Things and The Modern Rogue.

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Cyril Takayama
(American Magician Who is Best Known for His Magic Performances Around Japan)
Cyril Takayama
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Birthdate: September 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Cyril Takayama is an American magician best known for his performances around Japan and on the internet. He has also appeared on MTV and AXN, performing various magic tricks amidst unsuspecting victims. Cyril Takayama has also won several awards, including the Magic Woods Award.

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Harry Blackstone Jr.
(American Magician, Television Performer, and Author)
Harry Blackstone Jr.
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Birthdate: June 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Three Rivers, Michigan, United States
Died: May 14, 1997

Harry Blackstone Jr. was an American magician, television performer, and author. Apart from modernizing and developing the techniques and routines developed by his father, Harry Blackstone Jr. also created best-selling magic kits and appeared on popular TV shows like The Tonight Show. He was also one of the most decorated magicians at the time of his death in 1997.

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Howard Thurston
(One of the Most Popular Magicians of His Time)
Howard Thurston
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Birthdate: July 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: April 13, 1936

One of the most popular magicians of his time, Howard Thurston was born to working-class parents and ran away from home as a child to join a circus. He popularized the floating woman illusion previously performed by Harry Kellar and was best known for his card tricks.

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Bob McAllister
(American Magician, Entertainer Best Known as the Host of the Children's Show 'Wonderama')
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Birthdate: June 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 21, 1998

Popular magician and entertainer Bob McAllister started his entertainment career as a ventriloquist on the Today Show and soared to fame in the 1970s with his children’s show Wonderama. He also performed in the award-winning series Kids Are People Too and The Bob McAllister Show.

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Harry Kellar
(American Magician & Predecessor of Harry Houdini)
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Birthdate: July 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 10, 1922

Harry Kellar was an American magician who performed extensively around the world. A predecessor of Harry Houdini, Kellar was nicknamed the Dean of American Magicians. Harry Kellar is best remembered for his levitation trick where he would make a girl levitate.

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Harry Blackstone, Sr.
(Celebrated American Magician and Illusionist of the 20th Century)
Harry Blackstone, Sr.
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Birthdate: September 27, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 16, 1965

Harry Blackstone, Sr., or The Great Blackstone, was known for his illusions, which he performed mostly in silence, as an orchestra or an organist played along. His signature acts included the Vanishing Birdcage and the Dancing Handkerchief. He also performed extensively for the troops and was made a character of a comic book.

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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.