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!

He s the best magician

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2 David Copperfield David Copperfield David Seth Kotkin, known professionally as David Copperfield, is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.

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.

I'm kinda confuse of David Copperfield as in the book of the same name. But I don't know if I compare the magician and the titular book character. I'm confuse

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3 Criss Angel

Criss Angel is truly the best magician I have ever seen. I first saw him on television back in 2005 - he was hanging from four fish hooks that were indulged in his skin - and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I remember him saying, "If you have a dream and your actions speak louder than words, then you will eventually realize your dream. Don't give up. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something". Those words were so powerful for me and they have stuck with me this entire time. I am an upcoming Pop singer and at one point I hit rock bottom - coming from a small town, I literally thought it was impossible to achieve my dream and was this close to giving up... Until I saw Criss on television. Criss, his magic, and his whole outlook on life taught me that absolutely nothing is impossible and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. He's truly my biggest inspiration.

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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.)

The greatest

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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.

Why Penn & Teller? Because they're awesome!

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5 David Blaine 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.

I went to one of his shows for my 10th birthday, now I'm 11.

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6 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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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.

Awesome magician! Saw him in Atlantic City! He's a great guy as well!

He lives in DeLand Florida! WOW.

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8 Lance Burton

Saw this show in Vegas, one word - amazing

Classy guy, classy magic act.

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.

Great show and great person as well as an astounding magician.


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.

The best is jeff

Best ever.

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!
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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

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 Rune Klan

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

The best Dane Ever!

The best Dane Ever! :D

15 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.

Should be at the top of the list. the fact he is at 13 is an insult to probably the greatest magician who ever lived.

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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


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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.

I like cyrils magic.. Cyril rocks...

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

He is the best.

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20 Cosentino

Best magician in Australia

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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21 Michael Carbonaro

Find him way better than crud angel and others to be honest he's a very cool guy

Best guy to watch hands down.

Awesome love the show

Michael Carbonaro astonishes me. And, unlike the rest, without fan fare. His tricks are simple and baffling. And they are on real people on the C'Effect on TRU-T.V.. This is so much better than watching big theater magicians like Copperfield, and way better than stupid street magic punks. Tru-T.V. and Michael are the best. Shout out to JOE, MURR, and Q'. LARRY!

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22 Shin Lim

He was on penn and tell fool us

On his way to becoming #1

Fooled Penn and Teller Twice

Won the FISM world championships

Now winner of America's Got Talent

Good is an Understatement

23 Graeme Shaw

Awesome magician impresses me every time.

Top magician never fails to impress

Doesn't use camera tricks

He is alright

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24 Derren Brown

Makes magic look simple. He has all the best skills regarding magic, including the building of the show, and he combines it with great humor and fun.

He is the best showman I have ever seen

Mind reading, psychic ability, or any kind of paranormal activity. That s what his illusion all about. To create these affects, he uses suggestion, psychology, misdirection, and showmanship.

Simply the best.

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25 Yajush Tewari

Best magician of India

He is best he can put the coin in your hand and can get from your mouth

Magician of Pantnagar[India]. fan of dynamo!

26 P. C. Sorcar, Jr.

One of world's best magicians ever.

Best magician ever seen by me

One of the best magicians ever.He can bring an elephant in the hall all of a sudden and do other such insane magics. Water of India is another such masterpiece.

Best Magician in India all time
Sorcar's signature trick is the use of light refraction to convey the impression that large scale objects have vanished. Past performances have included the "disappearance" of the Taj Mahal and the Indore �" Amritsar Express.

On 8 November 2000, Sorcar "vanished" the Taj Mahal for two minutes in Kachhpura in Agra. He also made the Victoria Memorial disappear on the 300th anniversary of Calcutta, and vanished a train full of passengers vanish before a large crowd at Bardhaman Junction, West Bengal, India in 1992.

27 Fred Kaps

The best of the best!

28 Deddy Corbuzier

He's the most bad-ass looking guy I've seen in my life.

He is the best magician of Indonesia

The best magician in the Indonesian

Should be on the top 20 at least. - malamJONES

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29 Juan Tamariz

He should move up a few positions... He created the famous Mnemonic stack, used by a plethora of magicians and can manipulate cards with the best of them. Very interesting and by far an underrated magician.

30 Mat Franco

Great up and comer, his special was amazing

His magic is too epic

Outside of the box


31 Drummond Money-Coutts

He is a best magician ever

One of the Best Magicians

A great card shark

32 Troy Von Scheibner

He still young for his one of futures best

33 Terry Evanswood

A great magician, and and even better person!

Terry is MAGIC.

34 Katherine Mills

Best Magician and Mentalist!

35 Val Valentino

He is the masked magician at least number 2

36 Joe Labero

Very good!

Very very good magician.
Saw him in Phuket love to see him come back.
A real showman and highly entertaining

37 Andrew Mayne

He is the best

He is the best leave the rest
His style is so cool I never miss its any episode he should be at the top he beter then cosentino 100 times beter then any other he is my favarate magician

38 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

This is the father of modern magic. He stopped a WAR for crying out loud...he was so amazing he inspired Houdini <--- CLEARLY! And he's BELOW Val Valentino?! That's a slap in the face as far as I'm concerned.

Virtually everything we have as magicians came from this guy.

39 Tony Slydini

Anyone of you who voted for anyone else with the possible exception of Vernon obviously has never seen a performance by Slydini. Vernon is the only one in his class. PERIOD!

Sleight of hand,gimmick, grand illusion trick etc... None of them pertains to the real skill of magician. A great deceiver and master of misdirection is. The trick maybe clean and convincing but a great magician does not depend on them.a great magician makes the trick clean trough deceptive routine of actions.If succesfully done, despite watching the trick over and over,sense of wonder endures to the mind of spectator.that is magic

40 Ahmed el Bayed

He is the only arab magician that can perform stunts.doesn't have the word impossible in his dictionary

41 Theo Hardeen

This is the brother of Houdini. Hardeen was a very good performer and a real gentleman. He was the magician that Houdini never was but he was much more quiet and dignified.

- Herbertlbecker

42 The Pendragons

Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon were arguably the greatest male & female magic team in the art.

43 Axel Hecklau

Reinvented the torn and restored card, created the best torn and restored newspaper to date and made 'Just A Cup'.

44 Yaujush
45 Smoothini

Made his first apperance on americas got talent in 2014, going as a geto houdini. he hardly had and has anything to work with but he does the unthinkable.

46 Charles Morritt

Although he died in obscurity, he performed around the world, and sold many of his tricks to his friend, Houdini.

47 Mike Super

I saw him live and he was incredible

48 Gogia Sarkar
49 Matt Franco

Americas got Talent season 9 winner
He's truly outstanding, look up Francos got talent. The magic he does seriously makes me feel like he made a deal with the devil

50 Kreskin
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