Here we present you ten of the most famous magiciens in the world. They were masters in what they did and always impressed the world with their tricks. Some of them wrote books about their work, so they can inspire future generations.
10. David Copperfield
David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin; September 16, 1956) is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.
Copperfield’s television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield’s career of over 30 years has earned him 11 Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a knighthood by the French government; and he has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress.
9. Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz in Budapest, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-American stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as “Harry Handcuff Houdini” on a tour of Europe, where he challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up. This revealed a talent for gimmickry and for audience involvement that characterized all his work. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can.
8. Siegfried and Roy
Siegfried & Roy are a German-American duo of former entertainers who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers.
From 1990 until a tiger attack ended their stage careers on October 3, 2003, the duo formed the show “Siegfried & Roy at the The Mirage Resort and Casino”, which was regarded as the most-visited show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
7. Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (December 6, 1805 – June 13, 1871) was a French magician. He is widely considered the father of the modern style of conjuring. Master of magic Robert-Houdin was born Jean Eugène Robert in Blois, France, on 6 December 1805—a day after his autobiography said he was. His father, Prosper Robert, was one of the best watchmakers in Blois. A skillful artisan and hard worker, Prosper Robert’s main ambition was to provide for his family, but he also wanted his children to climb the social ladder. Jean Eugene’s mother, the former Marie-Catherine Guillon, died when Jean was just a young child.At the age of eleven, Prosper sent his son Jean to school thirty-five miles up the Loire to the University of Orléans.At 18, Jean graduated and returned to Blois. His father wanted him to be a lawyer, but Jean wanted to follow into his father’s footsteps as a watchmaker.
6. David Blaine
David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American illusionist andendurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic. He has set and broken several world records. Blaine was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Patrice Maureen White (1946–1995) and William Perez. His father was of half Puerto Rican and half Italian descent, and his mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Blaine’s mother was a school teacher living in New York, and his father was a Vietnam veteran.
5. P.C. Sorcar
P.C. Sorcar (23 February 1913 – 6 January 1971) was the stage name of Protul Chandra Sorcar , a famous Indian magician. He was an internationally active magician throughout the 1950s and 1960s, performing hisIndrajal show before live audiences and on television. Sorcar died of a heart attack at the age of 58 in Ashaikawa, Hokkaidō, Japan, on January 6, 1971, where he was performing.
4. Penn and Teller
Penn & Teller (Penn Jillette and Teller) are American illusionists and entertainers who have performed together since the late 1970s, and are known for their numerous stage and television shows. Their current Las Vegas show is an amalgam of illusion and comedy. Penn Jillette is a raconteur; Teller generally does not speak while performing, although his voice can occasionally be heard during their performance. They specialize in gory tricks,exposing frauds, and performing clever pranks.
3. Doug Henning
Douglas James Henning (May 3, 1947 – February 7, 2000) was a Canadian magician,illusionist, escape artist and politician. Henning was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, began practicing magic at Oakenwald School inFort Garry, and later moved to Oakville, Ontario.
He performed his first show at the age of 14 at the birthday party of a friend and was inspired by his audience’s spellbound reaction. Within a few months of placing an ad in a local newspaper, Henning launched a series of performances on local television in Toronto, and as an entertainer at parties.
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos (born December 19, 1967), better known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician and illusionist. He is best known for starring in the television show, Criss Angel Mindfreak and his live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in artistic collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Angel is also the creator of the MagicPlace.com.
1. Harry Blackstone, Sr.
Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 – November 16, 1965) was a famed stagemagician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Bouton inChicago, Illinois, he began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son Harry Blackstone, Jr. also became a famous magician.