Famous Magicians


What and who do you think of when asking about famous magicians?

For most of us, the image is of a finely dressed man in a tuxedo or suit, possibly with a top hat, a magic wand and a handkerchief - the magician's uniform of choice.

However, whilst some famous magicians do use this attire, not all magicians have conformed to this stereotype - indeed, sometimes their tricks required far less in the way of clothing, but still with their modesty intact, of course.

Over the years, there have been so many famous magicians, actually too numerous for them all to get a mention, so we will concentrate on some of the more well known ones.

All of these famous magicians have brought their own unique style to performing magic, illusions, tricks and escapology.

Harry Houdini - probably one of the most famous magicians of them all, well known for escaping chains, ropes, handcuffs and straitjackets.

David Copperfield - renowned for his spectacular illusions, including making the Statue of Liberty disappear from view.

Siegfried and Roy - famous magicians probably best known for their use of white tigers in their spectacular stage shows.

Lance Burton - a popular American magician and also the first American to win the "World Championship of Magic".

Doug Henning - a famous magician born in Canada. A colourful character with his brightly coloured clothes, thick moustache and long hair.

David Blaine - initially known for his street magic, he now performs somewhat bizarre stunts such as being encased in a block of ice for over 60 days.

Penn and Teller - a double act of famous magicians who are somewhat eccentric in their performances, enraging other magicians for publicly revealing how some tricks are done.

Derren Brown - a prominent mind control performer who leads audiences along with subtle hints and psychological techniques, often to great effect.

We will go through each famous magician one by one, highlighting the great tricks and illusions they performed, or still perform today.


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