Top 10 Greatest Magicians Of All Time


10 Greatest Magicians Of All Time Magic has kept humans captivated for centuries
and there seems to be no slowing down! From card tricks to escapology, every form
of magic is mesmerizing in its own right. A lot has changed in the field of magic over
the years with the introduction of new technology but what remains unchanged is our desire for
more! Together with knowledge of magic and swiftness
of movements, many people have earned a living and a few have claimed a spot in history! Well, since they have put their lives on the
line to entertain us, how can we snatch the spotlight from them? So like a little tribute, we present to you
the names that have carved the road of magic that will continue to inspire us! Number 1. David Copperfield
If Forbes has called someone the most commercially successful illusionist in history, the person
cannot be missed! We are talking about the man who sawed singer
and actress Jennifer Lopez into six pieces for his performance! Isn’t it amazing how Copperfield’s television
specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations? In the 40 years of his career, Copperfield
has earned 11 Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a knighthood
by the French government, and has been named a Living Legend by the US Library of Congress. If this is not success, what is? Number 2. Cardini
Richard Valentine Pitchford, born in 1895 was a master magician under the name Cardini. While he served in the British army during
World War1, he practiced card manipulations and his experience with cards in hostile conditions
enabled him to maneuver cards with gloved hands! Some of the great moments in his career include
his performance in 1938 for King George 5 and the moment when he became president of
the Magician’s Guild in 1945. He was honored in 1970 with the title “Master
Magician” and one of Magic Magazine’s Top Magicians of the 20th Century in 1999. Enough accomplishments to keep him alive in
our memories! Number 3. Tony Slydini
Born in 1901, Slydini became a world-renowned magician due to his mastery, expertise, originality
and innovative approach to close-up artistry. He not only traveled to perform his magic
tricks but also to lecture fellow magicians. He received the highest honors that his profession
could bestow, including both the coveted Masters Fellowship Award and Performing Fellowship
Award from the Academy of Magical Arts. If anything was left, he was also inducted
into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame as a Living Legend. Seems like all doubts about his talent have
vanished! Number 4. Dai Vernon
Better known as The Professor, this Canadian magician was born as David Frederick Wingfield
Verner in 1894. His expert sleight of hand technique and extensive
knowledge, particularly with card tricks and close-up magic, garnered him respect among
fellow magicians. He performed his first trick at the age of
7 and felt that he had wasted 6 years of his life! As a young man he met the magician Cliff Green
who asked him what kind of magic he did. Vernon responded by asking him to name a card,
on hearing his pick, he took out a card deck from his pocket and turned over the top card
of the deck to reveal the named card and replied to the speechless Green “That’s the kind of
magic I do”! Number 5. Harry Houdini
Born as Erik Weisz in 1874, this Austro-Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer had
the stage name of Harry Houdini. Though he stepped into the world of magic
with cards in his hands, he found fame as an escape artist. His comfort with handcuffs landed him many
shows and soon he upgraded to being buried alive from where he emerged in a state of
near-breakdown. Man, that is thrilling! Apart from performing magic, Houdini would
expose fraudulent artists and sue anyone who imitated his escape stunts. Is that how he reached the top? Number 6. Harry Blackstone Jr. We are talking about the American stage magician
who is estimated to have pulled out 80,000 rabbits from his sleeves and hats! But when you are the son of a great magician,
such things come to you naturally, what say? At the time of his death, he was the most
awarded magicians of all time. What more proof of his talent do you need? We’d never forget him because after he died
at the age of 62 in 1997, his magic equipment was auctioned which still sees the stage but
with different magicians! Number 7. Ricky Jay
When you are performing a full magic act on TV at the age of 4, you know that magic is
your destiny! Born in 1948, Ricky Jay is known for card
tricks, memory feats and stage patter. But the best compliment he got was from Mark
Singer who called Jay “perhaps the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive”! He was so good that he baffled his colleagues
with his “cult” magical skills. He once held the Guinness record for throwing
a playing card 190 ft at 90 miles per hour. Another big thing to his name is that he can
even cut the card in clear half with giant scissors when it returned after a boomerang
throw! Number 8. Derren Brown
There is little to no chance that you have not heard about this English mentalist and
illusionist, after all he has featured in not one but many TV shows! The man has magic in his blood and that can
be seen clearly through his performances where he uses hypnosis, cognitive psychology, cold
reading and psychological, subliminal and ideomotor suggestion. It is believed that the real methods that
he uses to perform a trick are different from what he suggests but since the results are
unbelievable, we don’t mind! Another interesting thing about Brown is that
he has a thing for writing books about magic. Cool! Number 9. Dante
This magician from Denmark was born as Harry August Jansen but traveled the world as a
professional magician under the name Dante the Magician. He along with his troupe, consisting of 25
to 40 performers, made several global trips and appeared in many U.S. theaters. He had his own style of magic that consisted
of his stage trademark to utter three words, “Sim Sala Bim”! He was so loved that when he died of a heart
attack, at the age of 71, it was said that the “Golden Age of Magic” had come to an end! Number 10. Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
How can we skip the father of the modern style of conjuring from this list? Born in 1805, this French magician has a rather
interesting story behind his profession. He was a watchmaker but when his ordered books
on watchmaking got accidentally exchanged for magic books, his interest in the art rose! Destiny is all we can call it! Robert-Houdin’s most famous trick was called
“Second Sight.” He would walk through the audience, touching
random items. A blindfolded assistant would then describe
each item in detail. Now that’s cool! Which of these great magicians you wish you
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