Top Ten Magicians of the 20th Century

The Top Ten

1 Dynamo Dynamo

Hey guys haven't you seen him he's really good and he walk on the water like criss and put the card outside the window and he can go through the window and he can think the minds and he doesn't mess with the girls and he is single and have cool eyes but some people said he is working with his spirit that is interesting right cool and very very impressive watch learn it and love it bye guys he must on the 1st in top 10 list

I am shocked seeing dynamo at no.3 his magic looks real and cris magic is fake

Way better than Criss Angel! His magic seems real he is just the best magician ever!

I like him because he respect all and his main motive to do magic is to give happiness to people

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2 David Copperfield

David's illusions blow my mind every time! Not only that, he manages to make his illusions so much more special than, "Oh, look at me, I'm flying. " He's one of the few magicians and performers who take you on a journey and ENTERTAIN, rather than just leave you scratching your head.

Magic is an art and deserves to be given as much prestige as any other art form. Chriss Angel does a trick so that he can be the first to do it. Copperfield does magic to move his audience and inspire them.

Not possible that Copperfield is NOT number one.

Hail to the king!

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3 Criss Angel

I really love magic tricks and after seeing his demonstrations I became mad on magics, I wish I were a magician cris would be my inspiration like cris's inspiration richiardy who had tremondous impact in his career. He deserve this no. 1 because all his demonatrations are very risky and real. Man taking risk to entertain others should deserve no. 1, Cris's parents surprised him bought a ticket to see richiardy's show when he is 14 years old and "he blew me away still blows me away" said by Cris in "Cris angels's mind freak" TV show, Now cris blewing all the people with his performences. He is simply awesome.. We love you cris.. I am in india if I get a chance to come USA I will pray to god to see Cris's demonstration in live. I will be happy if my comment is passed to Cris.

An absolute ENTERTAINER! The most creative magician I've ever seen, and puts on outstanding shows. After all, he is the richest magician in the world, too! He's broken TONS of Houdini's records (fastest records for straight jacket escape, metamorphosis, etc.) He's an escape artists, and has the best selling magic show in the world! He's a living legend. (by the way WHY is Dynamo number 2?! Nothing he does is original, most of it copied by Criss, actually. He deserves about 10th place, and that's being generous.)

Criss deserves this so much. He is the modern day Houdini!
He has made people change the way they think about magic bringing goth style back in and just being awesome
Thumbs up Criss

He is a rolemodel

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4 Penn & Teller

Teller is the best sleight of hand and most ingenious magician in the world, Just watch the shadows trick it is poetry in motion. Penn too is a genius when it comes to audience manipulation. Together the two are the best, most creative magic act said going right now. They were the first serious act in Vegas enough said.

Teller is an absolute intellect when it comes to deception of any sort, and Penn is one of the best showmen in magic. They wouldn't have been so successful for so long unless they really had something special - which they clearly do.

They're not just magicians, they are geniuses. They can explain the trick word for word and still have you confused, possibly even more than before. A slight of hand master and a misdirection king? What else is there to say. Peanut butter and Jelly, Batman and Robin, Wingrove and Lynch, Penn and Teller. Magic at its finest.

Penn and Teller were one of the first people to perform magic as comedy.Brilliant and awesome!

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5 Harry Houdini Harry Houdini Harry Houdini was an American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts.

he set the basics for magic today.

Chris angel and david coppperfield would not be able to do half their tricks if houdinis brother didn't sell the secrets to the world after his death.

He is the one who start magic in a delicate manner and make magic at those peak where the people don't know the name of president of that time but he know the name of ERIC aka Harry Houdini he is a god of magic and no one take his place ever he is a legend of all time... Number 1 Houdini The Illutionist

First of all criss angel cannot do half the suff you see him do on T.V. as well as David copperfield. David copperfield steals tricks and has private assistants in the audience. Harry houdini did everything without hiding anything. If it wasnt for him magic would never get this big.

Harry Houdini should be #1

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6 David Blaine

He performs real street magic and does sleight of hand right along with the best of them. He takes his body to the limit. His tricks are more real than the masses getting continuously fooled by video/ editing so-called magic. He's right up there with David Copperfield, Houdini, Harry Blackstone, and Penn and Teller. He can manipulate cards as good as Daniel Madison, Juan Tamariz, and Richard Turner. He travels and searches for the secrets that makes him even better and more respected. He walks straight ahead fearless at every feat and accomplishes whatever it is he's out to accomplish. He's amazing and more people need to realize.

velavan:- david blaine is one of the famous magician.. no one do's like his.. so he was the prominent one

His simplicity and pureness of the way he perform magic is really what made him stand out to me. So far in my opinion he is by far the best close up magic performer in the world.

The one and only.

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7 Herbert L. Becker

I remember years ago, Herbert (Kardeen) came to my classroom and did some magic for my students. I'm not sure why he was at the school (I think he had a sister who went there), but he was just going from class to class doing magic. The kids loved it. He was patient and kind and he was simply wonderful. Even close up, I couldn't figure out how he did what he did. It was amazing. Good memories of a great guy.

It is an honor to be on this list, thanks everyone.

The best... Absolutely the best. Audiences are made to feel relaxed and comfortable while being kept mesmerized. I don't think he's had a show in years, but I recently bumped into him in an Orlando restaurant. He was gracious and humble. One of the true greats!

This is very cool, your rock Herbie Becker

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8 Lance Burton

Saw this show in Vegas, one word - amazing

If 20 top magicians were all given a ball a cup a book of maches a dack a spoon and 5 other random objects and instructed to prepare an act and given 15 min. To do so lance would win hands down.

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9 Jeff McBride

Been a staple magic man for 30 years.

Jeff is the finest card manipulator that has ever lived. Pure skill. Unforgettable talent.

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10 Ricky Jay

The card man's, card man.

How is it possible that Harry Blackstone Sr., Harry Blackstone Jr, Jack Gwynne, Michael Ammar, and Howard Thurston are not on this list?

I'm mystified!
Spencer Farmans
(magician)

The Contenders

11 Shawn Farquhar

Know him - heck - he has the best man at my wedding - and you need to ask him about stealing the server's double strap watch - cost me $20 - back in 1991...lol

Energy, humor, skill, passion for his craft, Shawn has it all. A first class guy, doing unbelievably amazing magic.

Can do close up tricks and card tricks that don't even seem humanly possible.

I met him. Absolutely amazing. Great person and magician, I actually added him to this list in the first place!

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12 Doug Henning

Pant ages in la and we saw him make an elephant vanish.. But the Best illusion ignite evening was his at the edge of the stage, card tricks with sleeveless shirt and no props.. Amazing!

Brought magic back to modern man.

The best sleight of hand performer ever. Up close and personal, he could make you believe in magic.

Watched him all the time on T.V. and was able to catch one performance in Tahoe. Incredible. Miss him!

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13 Siegfried And Roy

I always thought they were amazing.

14 Dai Vernon

Greatest and most influential magician of all time! I can almost guarantee that every other magician on this list has at some point used a move or technique invented by Dai Vernon. This was a guy who dedicated his entire life to magic. Amazing man.

The greatest close up magician of all time. You have to see his cups and balls routine. He is an absolute genius in magic. Best linking ring routine I've ever seen. Legend.

Most influential magician of the last century bar none. Inspired all of the magicians above him on the list.

That so few have heard of him is no reflection of the contribution he made.

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15 Rune Klan

The best magician I even seen. Fantastic with coins and cards!

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16 Iaron Korn

He does something with ducks to. But I know he doesn't kill them. He has very good scenic talent.

The one who levitates a table. Greatest magician of all time.

He is wonderful. He is the one who disappears an airplane in the middle of an island

Great, saw him in Colombia doing magic and on vegas. Plus he is hot

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17 Gopinath Muthukad

Best magician in India

An Indian is always best

Simple but impossible

WORLDS BEST MAGICIAN

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18 Walter Gibson

Author and magician. Wrote some of the best books on magic, performed world-wide and wrote and created THE SHADOW as a pulp fiction hero. - Herbertlbecker

Most magicians have read his books or have listened to his radio show The Shadow.

19 Cyril Takayama

Cyril Takayama is a wonderful close-up artist. He does new things and has amazing skills.

If he teach me magic so he gone in the top 10 magician

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20 Cosentino

Amazing and cool. I want to be a magician myself and learn from the best. i love dancing and magic. keep up the good work consentino.

This guy should be known all over the globe. He's a mix between Criss Angel and Michael Jackson.

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