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

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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: March 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest
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: Magician
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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 3 Aleister Crowley

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Famous As: Occultist
Birthdate: October 12, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
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.

 4 David Blaine

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: April 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn

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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 5 Penn Jillette

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: March 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States

 6 Teller

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Famous As: film director, teacher, actor, biographer, stage magician
Birthdate: February 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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 7 David Copperfield

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Famous As: American illusionist
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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 8 James Randi

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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: August 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, 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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 9 Shin Lim

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Famous As: Magician
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.

 10 Harry Anderson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newport
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 Criss Angel

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Town of Hempstead

 12 Debbie McGee

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Famous As: Radio performer
Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK
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 13 Georges Méliès

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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: December 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 21, 1938

 14 Uri Geller

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Famous As: Magician
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.

 15 Paul Daniels

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

 16 Derren Brown

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Famous As: Illusionist
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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 17 Jon Dorenbos

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Famous As: American Footballer
Birthdate: July 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Humble, Texas, USA

 18 Michael Carbonaro

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakdale, New York, United States
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 19 Val Valentino

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Famous As: Actor, Stage magician, Singer
Birthdate: June 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 20 John Edward

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Famous As: Psychic
Birthdate: October 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glen Cove
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 21 Ricky Jay

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

 22 The Amazing Johnathan

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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: September 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit
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 23 Steve Valentine

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: nowrap Bishopbriggs, Scotland

 24 Chung Ling Soo

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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: April 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexicano
Died: March 24, 1918
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 25 Doug Henning

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: May 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg
Died: February 7, 2000

 26 Alessandro Cagliostro

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Famous As: Adventurer
Birthdate: June 2, 1743
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: August 26, 1795

 27 Ed Alonzo

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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Stage magician
Birthdate: July 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California

 28 Kreskin

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Famous As: Mentalist, Stage magician
Birthdate: January 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey
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 29 Misty Lee

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Famous As: actor, stage magician
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Mount Clemens

 30 Banachek

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Famous As: stage magician
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Middlesex
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 31 Brian Brushwood

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Famous As: Podcaster, Stage magician
Birthdate: January 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fountain Valley

 32 Carl Ballantine

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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Stage magician
Birthdate: September 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 3, 2009
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 33 Eliphas Levi

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 8, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 1875
Alphonse Louis Constant, better known by his pseudonym, Eliphas Levi, had abandoned his wish to become a Catholic priest to become a famed magician, occultist, and author of the 19th century. He is best remembered for his iconic work Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual and his theory of magic. 

 34 Lance Burton

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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbia

 35 Dai Vernon

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Famous As: Stage magician
Birthdate: June 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa
Died: August 21, 1992

 36 Cyril Takayama

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Famous As: Street artist, Stage magician
Birthdate: September 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hollywood

 37 P. C. Sorcar

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

 38 Howard Thurston

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

 39 Cy Endfield

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

 40 Harry Kellar

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: July 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 10, 1922

 41 Harry Blackstone Jr.

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: June 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Three Rivers, Michigan, United States
Died: May 14, 1997

 42 Ali Bongo

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

 43 Hans Klok

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Famous As: Magician, Actor
Birthdate: February 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Purmerend, Netherlands

 44 John Nevil Maskelyne

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 22, 1839
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England
Died: May 18, 1917

 45 Harry Blackstone, Sr.

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Birthdate: September 27, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 16, 1965

 46 Sid Fleischman

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 17, 2010

 47 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 7, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blois, France
Died: June 13, 1871

 48 John Henry Anderson

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: July 14, 1814
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Craigmyle, Scotland
Died: February 5, 1874

 49 Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: June 19, 1806
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 11, 1875

 50 Luis de Matos

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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maputo
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