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Most Famous Magicians

Famous Magician

Magic and illusions have been around for centuries. From the Ancient Greeks to the Romans, there are many instances of people performing tricks and illusions.

The most famous magicians in history are Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, David Blaine, and Uri Geller to name a few. They are famous because they have all performed feats that were considered impossible at the time.

Harry Houdini was one of the first famous magicians in history. He is best known for his escape acts – getting out of handcuffs and straitjackets while suspended upside down over water or hanging from a rope by his feet in front of a crowd.

There are so many famous magicians around the world and throughout history; it would be hard to pinpoint them all. However, I have listed the most famous for the public and the most famous magicians.

The Questions Is Who Is The Most Famous Magician Of All Time?

The world’s most famous magician of today may be Criss Angel or David Copperfield, who is known for his television show “Mindfreak.” Other well-known magicians include David Blaine, who is known for his street magic, and Dynamo, who is known for his close-up magic.

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Who do you think is the most famous magician of the 21st century?

  1. David Copperfield.
  2. Ricky Jay.
  3. David Blaine.
  4. Dynamo.
  5. Penn and Teller.
  6. Derren Brown.
  7. Lance Burton.
  8. Chris Angel.
  9. Uri Geller.
  10. Doug Henning.

I ran a poll on my a Facebook Group called the Magicianadvicepodcast to see who magicians thought where the most famous and this is the poll results.

Poll Results

Who do you think is the most .famous magician of the 21st century?

David Copperfield.

David Copperfield is one of the most famous magicians of our time and influential magicians in the world. He has been recognized as a legend in this field. David Copperfield was born on September 16, 1956, in Metuchen, New Jersey. He started his career at the early age of 12 years old.

David Seth Kotkin, also known by his stage name David Copperfield, is one of the most commercially successful magicians in history with a net worth of $875 million. He is a living legend in magic with so many outstanding magic shows and is still running at the MGM in Vagus today (2022) with his show called “Seeing is believing”.

Check out some of David’s best illusions and tricks over the years here. One of the most famous illusions David did was by making the statue of liberty disappear live on TV and is known for his high-profile feats such as when he walked through the great wall of China. David Copperfield is easily considered the best magician in the world today.


Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay is a magician who specializes in card tricks. He is well known for his appearances in films, on television and on stage. Ricky Jay is also the author of several books including, Card As Weapons, Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women, Dice: Deception, Fate & Rotten Luck and many more.

Check out Ricky Jay’s fantastic performance of 52 assistants.


David Blaine

David Blaine is a world-renowned magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He has performed over 1000 stunts. He’s also the first person to ever hold his breath for 17 minutes and 4 seconds underwater. David is a master endurance artist always pushing the limits of what the human body can achieve.

Check out some of the best illusions David Blaine has performed.



Who is Dynamo magician magic tricks?

Dynamo, a.k.a. Steven Frayne, is an English magician and television presenter who specialises in close-up magic. He has presented the Channel 4 series “Dynamo: Magician Impossible” and the ITV series “The Next Great Magician”. He is one of the best know magicians in the UK and around the world and is known for walking on water and his unique brand of magic.


Penn and Teller

Penn and Teller are two of the most famous magicians in the world. They have been performing together since 1975, and now headlining their own show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With their mix of comedy, magic, and a few current events, Penn & Teller have created a show that is unlike anything else on the strip.

Penn and Teller are hosts of the reality show Fool Us, in which magicians try to fool the hosts for the prestigious award and trophy.


Derren Brown

Who is Derren Brown, the mind reader, magician, and television show

Derren Brown is a British TV personality, best known for his TV show “Trick or Treat.” In this show, he can be seen as a mind reader and hypnotist who performs tricks on people. He also has a long-standing theatre show that tours around the UK and the USA.


Lance Burton

Who is Lance Burton, the magician from Las Vegas?

Lance Burton is an American magician and actor, who was born in Conroe, Texas on born March 10, 1960 in Columbia, Kentucky. He is known for being a member of the Society of American Magicians and for performing 15,000 shows in Las Vegas for over 5,000,000 people an amazing achievement. Arguably the most stunning magic and one of the best magicians in the world.


Criss Angel

Criss Angel has been entertaining and shocking audiences for the past two decades with his world-famous magic and illusion. With an impressive track record of success, it’s no surprise that he is one of the top magicians in Vegas.


Uri Geller

Uri Geller is a world-famous illusionist and mind reader, who is best known for his television appearances during the 1970s when he demonstrated what he claimed were psychic powers. He became famous for bending spoons live on TV and predicting the future.


Doug Henning.

Douglas James Henning was born in Fort Garry district of Winnipeg Canada on May 3, 1947, and died in Burnaby on February 7, 2000, of cancer. He was projected into fame through his television specials on NBC called The World Of Magic Specials in 1975 and then again in 1976 in series two Doug Henning made an elephant disappear and performed many stunts.

Siegfried And Roy.

Siegfried & Roy are probably known as the best magicians of the twenty century. They are best known because of their performances with white tigers and lions. They later became known because of their 2003 tiger attack on Roy that end their career on the Las Vegas strip (see the below link for more information). They shouldn’t go down in history for this they were one of the first magicians to headline in Mirage Resort and Casino. Watch a short clip of witnesses here on facebook and Youtube

Harry Houdini.

Harry Houdini, an American-Hungarian-born escape artist and illusionist, was famous for his escape acts born in 1874 and is still today regarded as one of the best magicians to ever level.

Check out some of the best YouTube clips I could find below. His most famous escape was from handcuffs and being buried alive, Chinese water torture cell, a suspended straitjacket escape and an overboard box escape. Harry also had an interest in debunking spiritualists.




Harry Blackstone SR.

Harry Blackstone was born in 1885 and became a famous stage magician and has a unique place in magic’s history. Born in Chicago he began his magical career in world war II as a USO entertainer. One of his most famous illusions was the Kellar Levitation called The Dream Of Princess Karnac this is where a woman lays on a couch and levitates this was designed by Harry Kellar. You can check out a performance by Harry Blackstone SR on YouTube it’s not the best quality but at least it captures him live in performance.

David Devant.

There is not much known about David Devant other than he was an English magician and film exhibitor, he was born in London and know for his witty presentation and stage illusions. I managed to find a few YouTube clips below if it interests you.



29 of the Most Successful magicians (Dead And Alive)

  1. Rene Lavand
  2. Criss angel
  3. Alex Elmsley
  4. Ascanio
  5. Paul Daniels
  6. Eugen Burger
  7. Lenart Green
  8. Juan Tamariz
  9. Ricky Jay
  10. Max Maven
  11. Paul Harris
  12. David Roth
  13. Tommy Wonder
  14. Daryl
  15. Michael Ammar
  16. Mac King
  17. Robbert Giobbi
  18. Peop Carroll
  19. Jeff Mcbride
  20. David Williamson
  21. Fred KapsSlydinin
  22. Ed Marlo
  23. Al Koran
  24. Dai Vernon
  25. James Randi.
  26. Dani De Ortiz
  27. Ben Earl
  28. Garrett Thomas
  29. Asi Wind
  30. Helder Guimaraes

Questions And Answers

Who is the most famous magician of all time?

The most famous magician of all time is Harry Houdini.

What are some of the most famous magic tricks?

Some of the most famous magic tricks include sawing a person in half, making a person disappear, and levitation.

How do magicians become famous?

Magicians become famous by becoming popular performers. They gain popularity by becoming well-known for their stage shows, street performances, or busking. They may also become famous by starring in their own television shows or movies.

How do magicians keep their tricks a secret?

Magicians keep their tricks a secret by not revealing how the trick is done to anyone. The fewer people who know how a trick is done, the better. Magicians will often have a team of people who help them create and perfect their tricks, and these people are sworn to secrecy. Magicians may also use misdirection and deception to make it appear as though a trick is more complicated than it actually is.

What is the difference between a magician and an illusionist?

A magician is someone who uses their skills to perform illusions, tricks, and sometimes escape acts. An illusionist is someone who creates illusions for entertainment purposes.

What’s a good name for a magician?

A good name for a magician could be “The Amazing John” or “The Incredible Jane.” “Carrdini” “The Great Lafayette” If you can’t think of a name go with your birth one, like “David Blaine”.

Who is the most famous illusionist?

The most famous illusionist is David Copperfield.

Final Thoughts.

The most famous magicians in the world are those who have mastered the art of deception. They have fooled people into believing in the impossible and have left them wondering how they did it. The most famous magicians are those who have made a career out of their craft and have become household names. They are the ones who continue to amaze and inspire us with their illusions.