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Friday, September 08, 2006

Ten Famous Magicians of the World

By: Biplob Kishore Deb

Magicians are the people who can fascinate even a bad-tempered person with htier supernatural activities. It is though some tricks which people cannot realize due to the skillful performance of the magicians. I found ten famous magicians who could make people astonished with their talented and strategic performance. You can also consider Magic as an art where magicians always try to stage their innovative ideas to us.

I wish you will throw your opinion regarding this article in the comment section.



David Copperfield

David Copperfield is the famous musician and illusionist. His famous magics are disappearing Stature of Liberty, flying, levitating over the Grand Canyon and walking through the Great Wall of China etc. He is also famous for his story telling power. This American talented musician started practicing magic when he was 12. He entered in the Society of the American Magicians as the youngest person and when he was 16 he started teaching a course in magic in the New York University. He also acted in some movies including ‘Terror Train’, Pret-a-Porter’. He is also famous for storytelling. According to the Forbes Magazine, his per year income $57 million in 2003 and became the tenth highly paid celebrity in the world. He makes over 500 shows throughout the world in a year.

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Harry Houdini

Houdini is one of the greatest magicians of the world. He was born in Hungary and in his childhood his parents moved to the United States. He made his first show when he was 9 years old. He started his career with card acts and later became famous for his escape acts. He showed his most famous magic named “Chinese Water Torture” in 1913. He is thought to have the power of picking any lock in the world. He wrote many books regarding some of his tricks. In his later life he became famous for his act as a ghost buster. Houdini was inspired by another famous musician named Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin.


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Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Robert-Houdin is named as the pioneer of the modern performance art of illusionism. In his early life he was a watchmaker. He was very influential performer of his time and was thought to be the person who could make anything possible. This Frenchman is called the father of modern magic as he performed in the theaters and private parties which was a new trend because the magicians, before him, performed in the fairs and marketplaces. He is the first performer of the bullet catch. Once he asked a person to shoot him with a marked ball but after shooting him the ball was found between the teeth of that person. He used to wear formal dresses like his audience. A movie was made on Robert-Houdin by the novel called “World of Wonders” by Robertson Davies.

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David Blaine

This American magician is famous for his street and close-up magic which was the new trend in magic. As David was a street magician he could notice the real reaction of the spectators. In his earlier life he showed card acts. Later he focused on feats of endurance. He could have been buried for 7 days alive. His TV special ‘Frozen in Time’ was very popular where he showed that he can encase for 61 hours, 40 minutes, and 15 seconds. In his popular named ‘Vertigo’ he was lifted by a crane onto a90 foot high pillar. This great magician told that he became happy when he saw that people irrespective of religion, age, sex, and race come to see his magic and smile.

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P.C. Sorcar

P.C. Sorcar is a famous Indian magician who got many international awards for his performances throughout the world. His popular show is known as ‘Indrajal’. This great magician was very popular in 1930s to 1960s. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India in 1964 and The Sphinx known as Oscar of magic twice in 1946 and in 1954. He was died in 1971 at the age of 58 in Japan.

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Doug Henning

This famous magician famous for his Escape tricks. He had a distinct way in his clothing and appearance such as bushy mustache and clothes with different color. He first performed at a birthday party of his friend when he was 14. He was graduated in Psychology. Some of his famous magic shoes are ‘Spellbound’, ‘The Magic Show’, Doug Henning’s World of Magic’ etc. He also made many shows in TV. He had a skill to entertain people. He is admired by many of the magic lovers.

Penn and Teller

These American duos are illusionists. Peen Jillette is a raconteur while Teller does not speak during the performance. After meeting in 1975, Peen and Telller have been performing in various serials and shows. Some of their television serials are ‘Late Night with David Lettermen’, ‘Saturday Night Live’ etc. Some of their tricks are very famous such as tractor-trailer, apple and violence, bullet catch etc.

Criss Angel

This American magician, illusionist and stunt performer is famous for his television series called ‘Chriss Angel Mindfreak’. He is sometimes compared with the street magician David Blaine. His current telivision show is named ‘Cirque du Soleil’. Criss Angel is a musician and involved in band groups.

Harry Blackstone, Sr.

Harry was a stage magician who also performed in television. He is also called ‘The Great Blackstone’. He is famous for his show named ‘The Magic Castle’. He was very popular as a USO entertainer during the World War II. Many books were written on him including the comic book ‘Blackstone the Magician Detective’ by Walter B. Gibson and a radio series was also named ‘Blackstone, the Magic Detective’.

Harry Potter

I know that a movie character can not be a real magician. However, I think that as magic is nothing but some tricks that entertain us, Harry Potter, the central character of the movie named ‘Harry Potter’ by J.K. Rowling can also make us amazed with his supernatural activities in the movie through which we feel same of the feelings of the magic. As our focus is on fun then Harry Potter can be a magician. This movie is considered as one of the greatest movies in the world.

114 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:11 AM

    You must mention more detailed info about Criss Angel.Blaine is no match to Criss amazing illusions apart from that you must mention that he was awarded Magician Of the year thrice by Magic Castle Hollywood. so far no magician in the world got this award thrice.Even Copperfield got it only twice.

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    1. Anonymous12:46 AM

      Honestly criss angel would.never get near David blaine. True magic stands out through mental will. I wanna see.criss angel go through 40days wit just water in a cubicle?

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    2. Anonymous5:00 AM

      lol... David Blaine (had/has) the world record for holding his breath the longest under water. has angel done that? Yes... it's documented, & on record as REAL. 17 minutes (or 15?)... that's right - Seventeen minutes. Let Google be your friend if u doubt it. :)

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    3. Anonymous2:23 AM

      Ok given Chris Angel is good at what he does but in my.opinion he should not be compared with somebody as good as david blaine. I have watched both entertainers and i fell that chris has not really come up with his own tricks he just puts his own style on tricks that others have already done. Yes most tricks are done over by everyone with thier own style but most also come up with something that has not been done witch make them unique

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  2. Anonymous5:18 PM

    Criss Angel is a total fake, nothing compared to Blaine and Copperfield.

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    1. Anonymous7:01 AM

      yes

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    2. Anonymous6:45 PM

      Criss is the best and you guys are just picking favorites but Criss Angel is even better than any. He went 2 times buried and houdini wouldnt go again after the second. it may be fake but it all is guys ppl just like the entertainment. And Criss Angel is th ebest so suck on it and the important thing is to the be a "A-hole"

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    3. Anonymous10:36 PM

      I agree...the tricks done by criss angel are too impossible to be true...and you see Magic's biggest secrets finally revealed u can see how most of them are done....and in most cases the audience is 'in' on the trick...

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    4. penn& teller are the best in showing off their acts, blaine is just inhuman!(sick card tricks,insane endurances and just this insane mentality which cannot be compared to anyone else) copperfield has huge acts which are amazing. Angel's acts feels and looks staged up and fake every single one of them...

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    5. Anonymous4:20 PM

      criss is the best in the world
      He make 100 people disappear and get a place in guiness book of world record

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  3. Anonymous8:06 AM

    yeah, criss angel is wack

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  4. Anonymous6:22 PM

    of course chrisangel is fake but so are all magicians. its always a trick. always...

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    1. Anonymous7:02 AM

      NO MAGIC IS REAL

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    2. Anonymous12:46 AM

      FAKE

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    3. It is all evil.

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    4. You say it´s evi because you´re afraid of the unknown

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    5. You say it´s evil because you´re afraid of the unknown. Magic is just a silly game, I like it but it´s not real.

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  5. Anonymous7:34 PM

    I preffer David Blaine from Chris Angel and I also like Derren Brown and Gary Kurtz but my point is that you can't really compare two magicians since they do different tricks different ways.

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  6. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Criss Angel is a really good magicians u can say hes fake all u want but he has done some tricks and even betters tricks like other famous magicians so its like your calling all the other magicians fake if you call Criss Angel fake. I dont care what anybody says he is talented and i love him!

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  7. Anonymous3:53 PM

    Angel and Blaine can't touch the awsome that was the Great Blackstone. There was a stage magician with class, style, and a whole series of childrens books.

    Till Criss Angel or David Blaine get a series of choose your own adventure books I just can't consider them in the same leauge. :)

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  8. Anonymous2:48 PM

    criss angel does not have a tv show called Cirque du Soleil you dumb idiot, its a stage show. And all magicians are fake so i dont know why you retards are saying criss angel is, THEY ALL ARE! God some people are so dumb

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    1. Anonymous6:47 PM

      ahem ATLEAST CRISS ANGEL ISNT RUDE LIKE DAVID COPPERFIELD AND YOU!

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  9. Anonymous1:09 AM

    P C SORCAR was the best magician. Most of his magics were copied by americans and english.

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  10. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Cris angel may be fake but so is blaine.... and hes not even hot like cris angel is.
    So haha.
    Cris Angel is fake but SO hot.

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  11. Anonymous8:30 AM

    your all saying bad stuff about Criss Angel when some idiot put up Harry Potter!!!!!!!}
    Criss Angel Rox!!!

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    1. Anonymous6:48 PM

      why didnt they put the sexiest man alive on there(Criss Angel)?

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    2. They should have put "The Great Simpsina", just people who have seen that simpson´s chapter will understand this.

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  12. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Ciss Angela also won Magician of the Century.....so that makes him better then the others mention....every thing they do is an illusion and I agree that excluding the harry potter entry all the magicians listed are good even great at what they do but facts are facts Criss Angel is the magician of the century so he is considered the best of the last 100 years. And his stage show is called Believe...his tv show Mindfreak.

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  13. Anonymous11:52 AM

    as fake as magicians can be... only criss angel has gotten magician of the year 3 times in a row. you gotta respect that.

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  14. Anonymous3:51 AM

    winning an award doesn't make someone great..

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  15. Anonymous5:00 AM

    david blaine is very good but cyril is cool magician both of them is my idol

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  16. Samantha8:53 AM

    Shut Up kuz harry pottr ain't reel!!!!!

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  17. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Criss angel is so fake. Blaine is better.

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  18. Anonymous4:23 AM

    cyril takayama s the greatest magician!!!!

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  19. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Houdini all day

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  20. Anonymous4:25 AM

    allright except harry potter

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  21. Anonymous5:29 PM

    i love Chris Angel. .because of his magic!!!!

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  22. Anonymous11:44 AM

    dude harry potter is a famous book not a movie they made the movie after the book common people

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  23. Anonymous7:07 PM

    omg... Why r u putting harry pottr in? i mean he is not even real... and even though i like the book, u shouldn't put him in.harry houdini is the best!

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  24. john hamber11:21 AM

    NO ONE CAN SAID CRISS ANGEL IS FAKE,...CRISS ANGEL HAD A UNIQE CREATIVITY THAT NO ONE HAD ..ALSO DAVID BLAIN DONT HAV THAT TYPE OF CREATIVITY...NO ONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD CAN PERFORM STREET MAGIC LIKE CRISS ANGEL CAN PERFORM .........I SAID THAT BECAUSE I AM ALSO A MAGICIAN AND MY IDIOL IS CRISS ANGEL.........

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  25. Anonymous11:29 AM

    NO ONE CAN PERFORM MAGIC TRICKS LIKE CRISS ANGEL DOES

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  26. Anonymous5:31 AM

    i like chriss angle

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  27. Anonymous5:13 PM

    chriss angle is better than david blain

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  28. Anonymous2:41 AM

    Hey guys.... don't forget Cyril, and INDIAN Legend Magician K.LAL after PC Sorkar.. i saw them both performing.... but i love cyril..

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    1. priyank ajudiya2:36 AM

      K.LAL is bakvaas magician he copy all magic from other magician......

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  29. Anonymous6:41 PM

    If your gonna put Harry potter you need to put Merlin too... :S

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  30. Anonymous2:13 AM

    muthukad is better than chris

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  31. Anonymous1:39 PM

    evry one has to see mystifier ant1 thats the best of the best magisian from cyprus to all the world

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  32. Anonymous1:40 PM

    mystifier is the top

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  33. Anonymous1:42 PM

    a guays mistifier is the best street magisian

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  34. Anonymous12:51 AM

    this is for john hamber...

    most of the performance of criss angel on street are fake..all of the spectator are with him..they are paid to be amazed..but if you watch the performance of david blaine on street??you'll be shock coz all of them are sleight of hands..especially with the cards..and the spectator are not paid!!!duhhh....

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  35. Who gives a damn about Chris?!?! He stills others tricks!!! He cant come up with his own... OH WAIT HE CAN ON THE TV ONLY!!! By having a ton of HIS actors and a lot of mirrors and camera work... To be honest the real magician in Chris Angels crew is the camera man!!!!! FAKE FU** I hope he magically looses all of his money!!!

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  36. Anonymous2:28 PM

    chris is the BEST! and none of them are fake, how else can they do the crazy stuff they do ? you people that say that are wack.

    i love chris & hes supaa HOT(:

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  37. Chris Angel! Haha! The new beginning of Operation Take over

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  38. Anonymous3:19 PM

    I think criss angel is good but david blaine is best

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  39. Anonymous7:22 PM

    Go back & read the intro--name famous magicians, whether real or not. Harry Potter is famous for the kiddies. Hey anyone heard of an Erick Mana ? Check him out ! Filipino guy.

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  40. Anonymous10:20 PM

    chris angel rocks for those of you that think chris is a fake dont watch then what fools you are to think chris is a fake ppl cant just do all those tricks he rocks keep up the good work chris

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  41. layla erickson8:14 PM

    How come there are no female magicians ?
    For example, Yolanda made all that money disappear from the Philippines, Ha Ha.
    Anyone seen Eric Mana from this same country, yet !

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  42. Anonymous7:37 AM

    hmmm, well, if real magicians and fake ones are on this list...I'm thinking Gandalf takes the cake.

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  43. Yes the are all fake, and they are all amazing. What does it matter if one is better than another? It's entertainment and each person has a right to their preference. He may not be really famous outside of Britain, but my favorite is Derren Brown, with Criss Angel a close second. If you don't like these two, that's OK. You have a right to your own opinion. You DO NOT however have a right to insult others because they disagree with you. Act civilized.

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  44. omg this doesn't even have Dynamo!!! The greatest magician ever!!!!

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  45. OMG!!!! This doesn't even list Dynamo!! the best magician ever!!!!

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  46. Anonymous6:18 PM

    chris angel ? david blain are u serious ? i thought we were talking magic and not camera tricks they shouldnt even make top 20

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  47. Anonymous7:35 PM

    chris is amazing he even better than that bich blaine

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  48. Anonymous7:36 PM

    criss is good

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  49. David Copperfield is Professional magician of the World ,but Our P.C. Sorcar (jonior)also best magician of the World.

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  50. Anonymous8:39 PM

    Cyril Takayama

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  51. Anonymous8:41 PM

    Cyril Takayama is best in the world .....
    No chrish angel, no david blaine..No others...
    except "SERO" that is Cyril Takayama

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  52. I'd add Jeff McBride to your list. Among his peers, other magicians, he is considered one of the best to have performed in the past century. Even Blaine and Angel would tell you he is in a league of his own.

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  53. Anonymous4:28 AM

    i am the best coz i can make all of u actually read this rubbish. And u still reading! Stop reading dumb ass!!

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  54. Anonymous6:34 AM

    Magician JULIUS MAGIC in Jacksonville, FL is one of the funniest close up magicians I have ever seen. I saw him at Bonkerz Comedy Club and he had the audience doubled over in laughter. He does children and adult birthday magic shows as well as corporate and special event magic. You can find him on the web at:
    http://www.JuliusMagic.webs.com

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  55. Anonymous7:03 AM

    lol this reminds me of preteenage girls arguing about team jacob or team edward lololol

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  56. Anonymous8:43 AM

    there is no such thing as magic

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  57. Anonymous6:54 AM

    they are all amazing magicians :) but what about derren brown, dynamo and cyril takayama ??????

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  58. Anonymous11:41 AM

    I agree with the name PC Sorcar original,, now recently for this new trend in my opinion Master Magician -SAC VASANTH is one great illusionist for the new generation with his Dhamaka performance .

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  59. Anonymous11:16 PM

    Darwin Ortiz and Lennart Green. If you want to see truly amazing close up card mechanics these are two of the greatest. Unfortunate that they were not even mentioned, especially Ortiz as he is the worlds foremost authority on card manipulation and gambling cheats.

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  60. Anonymous12:24 PM

    hudini is the best origanal illusionist

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  61. Anonymous1:52 AM

    I love cosentino he 's awesome

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  62. Anonymous2:04 PM

    I've never even heard of Criss Angel :S Derren Brown all the way

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  63. Anonymous7:17 AM

    It was really hard to read your article. Copperfield sucks balls, watch him on "How I met your mother" he does a simple coin trick and you can see his faults.

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  64. Anonymous3:18 PM

    Harry Potter is a fictional character and should not be in the list.

    You should know that Hocus Pocus is the name of a magician and he was so famous that his name became the magic words used until today.

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  65. Anonymous3:36 AM

    why dynamo is not in the list..guy's a genius !!

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  66. Anonymous4:25 AM

    Agree Dynamo should def be on list!

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  67. Anonymous4:25 AM

    Agree Dynamo should def be on list!

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  68. K lal is the worst magician. Hiding bhd several layered stages / curtains and boxes he does the stupid tricks. I saw it just last week in ahmedabad and they (he and his dad) just keep speaking that they r the best. If i have those equipments i can do much better tricks then them. The way he shows the magic which is actually not the magic but just simple tricks to make fool. He doesnt have any magic in him nor he can hyptonize any1 like a real magician. Worst magician ever. Dont go if he is in town better watch tv, save money n chill else u will also endup a feedback like me.

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  69. Anonymous1:02 PM

    pour moi c copperfield car il es capable de se teleporté avec un homme à l' autre bou du monde c lui le numéros un criss angel c l' imprimante .

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  70. Anonymous4:36 AM

    Dynamo is the best that guy is an alien
    He prefoms solo with no help and he does incredible things anywhere,anytime

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  71. Anonymous9:55 AM

    Yep. Derren Brown needs to be in the list. He is fantastic with the mind. Anybody from another coubtry or if you haven't heard of him, Google him, he's amazing. Some people don't believe some of bis work is real, but if.not.it.would be mnown.by.now. Also Dynamo is really good. But his is more sleight-of-hand stuff.

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  72. Anonymous1:15 AM

    What about dynamo.

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  73. Anonymous6:58 PM

    where is dynamo?

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  74. Anonymous8:00 AM

    copperfeild is the 2 best then houdini #1

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    1. Anonymous8:12 PM

      right on!!!

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  75. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Where is the info on dynamo? :(

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  76. Anonymous5:16 PM

    i bet filipino magician, Bearwin!

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  77. Hi Dynamo I can't believe all your trick as seen on T. V. Plz come once time in India.... You are so great and true magician ..........

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  78. Dynamo is greatest magician in the world.

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  79. Anonymous5:47 PM

    No one like Chriss Angel.

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  80. Anonymous11:27 AM

    K Lal is the best...

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  81. Anonymous6:17 AM

    if you Consider Harry potter a mage to be on this list then you also have to add Rastlin Majere, Dalamar the dark, Fistandetelus and many many other fictional mages who put harry potter in there parctice tomes.

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  82. Anonymous10:27 AM

    i think Oberon Zill revenheart is the greatest magician of the universe.he is real life wizard.:)

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  83. Anonymous6:26 PM

    I reckon Dynamo should be on there !! I know he's not really that famous. . .but. . .he's better than all these mothers !! If you don't know him, search him up !!

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  84. Anonymous5:42 PM

    I didn't see anywhere along the way down any mention of a Jersey born illusionist named Mark O'Brien. He was a friend of Harry Blackstone, Jr. as well as Doug Henning. He was entrusted with Doug Henning's illusions as a protege of his and also created a few amazing illusions of his own. If there were a Ph.D. for magic/illusions, this guy would definitely qualify. Check him out on Youtube and he has a movie about the misfortune and mystery behind his show's demise. I know all this cause Mark's a friend of mine. I'm born and raised in NYC, a musician not a magician, and many other things. I want you to know that this could mean a rebound in good illusion magic. I do miss it, many talented people also love it despite knowing "how", it's about execution and Mark is flawless! Props to Penn and Teller too of course.

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  85. I found this is an informative and interesting post so i think so it is very useful and knowledgeable.

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  86. can i get any contact with david. any email id.
    u cn mail me on smartysuch@gmail.com
    waiting 4 ur reply

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  87. hey. can i gt any cntact like email id or somthing of david cooperfield.
    curiosly waiting 4 ur reply

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    you just need some clean hands to do this...
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  89. A professional magician should have the ability to entertain first man to last man on an magic auditorium.

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  90. Anonymous7:32 AM

    NOOOOO get some copyright up in here

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  91. Anonymous2:43 PM

    You all need to get a life ... you're like sheep with the wool pulled over your eyes. A fool and his brains are soon parted.

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  92. Anonymous8:36 AM

    what are people thinking? (magic is evil) a magicians job is to entertain, not to fool, and all magic is entertainment not evil, and alot of people cant make the diference between illusion and spirital magic. a complete diference. a magician wants you to think its real, if you dont, theres no atonishment in it. magic is awsome.

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  93. steven frayne11:36 PM

    where is dynamo in this list??

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  94. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Guys. Any comment on P.C. Sarkar? If u take creativity and presentation, he is the best.

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