fictional characters The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time  

Lawrence Wong
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List Rules Fictional magicians only. No sorcerers, witches, etc

While there exist plenty of real life famous magicians, there's a limit to things that can be done in real life and that's where the greatest fictional magicians of all time come in. Their magic tricks are sensational, their assistants are incredibly hot women (and Steve Buscemi), and their hair is to die for. These famous fictional magicians and illusionists are the stuff that great magic movies are made of, and all the best fake magicians are here.

Whether you prefer the over-the-top antics of a Magician Called GOB or the come hither tricks of Barney Stinson, there are plenty of movie and TV magicians (as well as others from comics, novels, and even advertising) to satisfy your magic trick needs.

This list of magicians in pop culture is here to crown the ultimate fictional illusionist or magician and name them the best magician that never was. Vote for your favorite fake magician and, if your choice for top illusionist that doesn't exist isn't on the list, make sure to add them so others can obsess over magic shows that exist only in the mind (and screen).

If you're seeking some magical inspiration right now, have a look at the greatest magicians of all time.

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Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter Universe

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Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Doctor Strange Dr. Strange, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel Universe

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Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Gandalf Middle Earth Universe

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Gob Bluth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
GOB Bluth Arrested Development

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Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Lord Voldemort Harry Potter Universe

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Saruman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Saruman Middle Earth Universe

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Zatanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Zatanna DC Universe

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J. Daniel Atlas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
J. Daniel Atlas Now You See Me

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Alfred Borden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Alfred Borden The Prestige

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Robert Angier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time

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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

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Tony Wonder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Tony Wonder Arrested Development

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Eisenheim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Eisenheim The Illusionist

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The Wizard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Wizard The Wizard of Oz - From The Wizard of Oz

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Mickey Mouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Mickey Mouse Fantasia

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Thaddeus Bradley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Thaddeus Bradley Now You See Me

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Mandrake the Magician is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Mandrake the Magician From the comic strip Mandrake the Magician

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Balthazar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Balthazar The Scorpion King

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Burt Wonderstone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Burt Wonderstone The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - From The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Henley Reeves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Henley Reeves Now You See Me

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Harry Dresden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Harry Dresden Dresden Files

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Merritt McKinney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Merritt McKinney Now You See Me

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Donald Duck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Donald Duck In the video game Kingdom Hearts

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Quentin Coldwater is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Quentin Coldwater The Magicians

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Sid Waterman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Sid Waterman Scoop - From Scoop

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Fruit Pie the Magician is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Fruit Pie the Magician The Hostess mascot

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Steve Gray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Steve Gray The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Anton Marvelton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Anton Marvelton The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Rhiatto the Marvelous is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Rhialto the Marvellous Rhialto the Marvellous

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Chun the Unavoidable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Chun the Unavoidable The Dying Earth

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Grubbs Grady is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Grubbs Grady The Demonata - From Demonata

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Mazirian the Magician is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Mazirian the Magician Mazirian the Magician

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Buck Howard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Buck Howard The Great Buck Howard

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Dallben is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Dallben The Chronicles of Prydain - From The Chronicles of Prydain

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Karl Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Karl Allen Magicians

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Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Harry Kane Magician

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Iucounu the Laughing Magician is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time

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Corky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Corky Magic

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Professor Slocombe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Professor Slocombe The Antipope

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Catweazle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Catweazle Catweazle - From Catweazle

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Rick the Implausible is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Rick the Implausible The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Anton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Anton Day Watch, Night Watch - From the Night Watch novels

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Nathaniel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Nathaniel Bartimaeus Sequence - AKA John Mandrake from The Bartimaeus Trilogy