Magicians

Magicians are the entertainers who perform tricks and illusions for people. They amuse and thrill their audiences by performing optical illusions that seem too fantastic to be true and are fascinating to watch. There are several types of magic tricks and the magicians may also be referred to by names reflecting the type of magical effects they present, such as prestidigitators, conjurors, hypnotists, mentalists, or escapologists. Even though the art of entertaining people with magic tricks and illusions is an ancient one, for a long time magic was associated with witchcraft and thus stage magicians did not get the respect they deserved. However things began to change in the 18th century when belief in witchcrafts began waning and the art of performing magical tricks became increasingly respectable. One of the founding figures of modern entertainment magic was Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, originally a French clockmaker, widely considered the father of the modern style of conjuring. John Henry Anderson was another pioneer who helped bring the art of magic from street performances into theatres. With the progress in technology, magic easily moved from theatrical venues to television specials, opening up newer venues for magicians to display their talents. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous magicians from all over the world.

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 1 Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini
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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: March 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Hungarian
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.

 2 Roy Horn

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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: October 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, American
Died: May 8, 2020
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 3 David Blaine

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 4 Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: March 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 5 Teller

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Famous As: film director, teacher, actor, biographer, stage magician
Birthdate: February 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 6 Aleister Crowley

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Famous As: Occultist
Birthdate: October 12, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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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 7 David Copperfield

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Famous As: American illusionist
Birthdate: September 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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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 8 James Randi

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Famous As: Philosopher, Stage magician
Birthdate: August 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 9 Shin Lim

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: September 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American

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.

 10 Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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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 11 Debbie McGee

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Famous As: Radio performer
Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 12 Uri Geller

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Israeli
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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 13 Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: April 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: March 17, 2016

 14 Derren Brown

Derren Brown
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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: February 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 15 Jon Dorenbos

Jon Dorenbos
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Famous As: American Footballer
Birthdate: July 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 16 Michael Carbonaro

Michael Carbonaro
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 17 John Edward

John Edward
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Famous As: Psychic
Birthdate: October 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 18 Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: June 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 24, 2018
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 19 The Amazing Johnathan

The Amazing Johnathan
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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: September 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
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 21 Chung Ling Soo

Chung Ling Soo
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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: April 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 24, 1918

 22 Doug Henning

Doug Henning
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: May 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Died: February 7, 2000
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 23 Alessandro Cagliostro

Alessandro Cagliostro
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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: June 2, 1743
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 26, 1795

 24 Ed Alonzo

Ed Alonzo
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Stage magician
Birthdate: July 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Mexican, American
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 25 Kreskin

Kreskin
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Famous As: Mentalist, Stage magician
Birthdate: January 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 26 Misty Lee

Misty Lee
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Famous As: actor, stage magician
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Nationality: American
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 27 P. C. Sorcar

P. C. Sorcar
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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: February 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: January 6, 1971

 28 Banachek

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Famous As: stage magician
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 29 Brian Brushwood

Brian Brushwood
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Famous As: Podcaster, Stage magician
Birthdate: January 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 30 Carl Ballantine

Carl Ballantine
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Stage magician
Birthdate: September 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 3, 2009
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 31 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 7, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: June 13, 1871

 32 Lance Burton

Lance Burton
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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 33 Dai Vernon

Dai Vernon
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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: June 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: August 21, 1992

 34 Cyril Takayama

Cyril Takayama
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Famous As: Street artist, Stage magician
Birthdate: September 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 35 Howard Thurston

Howard Thurston
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: July 20, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 13, 1936

 36 Cy Endfield

Cy Endfield
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 16, 1995

 37 Harry Kellar

Harry Kellar
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: July 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: March 10, 1922

 38 Ali Bongo

Ali Bongo
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 8, 2009

 39 Harry Blackstone Jr.

Harry Blackstone Jr.
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: June 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 14, 1997

 40 John Nevil Maskelyne

John Nevil Maskelyne
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 22, 1839
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: May 18, 1917

 41 Harry Blackstone, Sr.

Harry Blackstone, Sr.
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Birthdate: September 27, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 16, 1965

 42 Sid Fleischman

Sid Fleischman
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 17, 2010

 43 John Henry Anderson

John Henry Anderson
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: July 14, 1814
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Scottish
Died: February 5, 1874

 44 Jewel Aich

Jewel Aich
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: April 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Bangladeshi

 45 Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser

Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: June 19, 1806
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Austrian, Hungarian
Died: March 11, 1875

 46 Luis de Matos

Luis de Matos
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Portuguese

 47 Robert Heller

Robert Heller
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: 1826 AD
Nationality: British
Died: 1878 AD

 48 Joseph Pinetti

Joseph Pinetti
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: January 3, 1750
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: 1800 AD

 49 Criss Angel

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 50 Val Valentino

Val Valentino
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Famous As: Actor, Stage magician, Singer
Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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