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Lawrence Wong
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List Rules Must be magicians or illusionists that exist(ed) in real life

The most famous magicians in the world are known for performing amazing magic tricks, stunning illusions, and starring in mesmerizing magic shows. The list of notable magicians includes famous illusionists like Criss Angel and David Copperfield, endurance artists like David Blaine, and old school magicians like Penn & Teller, and many Vegas magicians. Whatever your favorite magic style, this list of illusionists and magicians has all the greatest magic men and women in history.

The world of magic is a skilled and complicated place, shrouded in secrecy and mystery. The secrets of the world's greatest magic tricks are known by few, revered by many, and shared by almost no one. From the granddaddy of all magicians, Harry Houdini, to the new school of comic magicians and Las Vegas staples like The Amazing Johnathan, there are always new magicians coming up making their audience ponder the question of "how'd they do that?" From huge magician names, to lesser known illusionists, and arguably the best magician ever. the world of magic isn't just for Harry Potter books. Us muggles can enjoy it too.

Who is the best magician? This is not a complete list of all magicians, so if you don't see you favorite magician or he best illusionist (according to you) on here, make sure to add them to this magicians list so others can vote for them as their new favorite illusionist. 

If all this magic has raised your desire to see some great magic, get inspired with film quotes and movie clips from magic films like Now You See Me and The Prestige. And don't forget to see what these great magicians have inspired on the list of the greatest fictional magicians.
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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Harry Houdini Died at 52 (1874-1926)

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David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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David Blaine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
David Blaine age 44

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Teller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Teller age 69

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Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Dynamo age 33

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Penn Jillette is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Penn Jillette age 62

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Criss Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Criss Angel age 49

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Doug Henning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Doug Henning Died at 53 (1947-2000)

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Harry Blackstone, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Harry Blackstone, Sr. Died at 80 (1885-1965)

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Lance Burton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Lance Burton age 57

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Harry Blackstone, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Harry Blackstone, Jr. Died at 63 (1934-1997) - I would rank the Amazing Blackstones, Harry Jr and Harry Sr as number three and four respectively behind Houdini and Copperfield.  Classic magic, fantastic showmanship; Jr was a consummate performer.

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Harry Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Derren Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Derren Brown age 46

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Howard Thurston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Howard Thurston Died at 67 (1869-1936)

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The Amazing Johnathan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Dai Vernon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Dai Vernon Died at 98 (1894-1992)

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Siegfried Fischbacher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Ricky Jay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Ricky Jay age 69

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Zurab Vadachkoria is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Zurab Vadachkoria 54

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Roy Horn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Roy Horn age 71

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Smoothini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Smoothini America's Got Talent

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Gopinath Muthukad age 53 - He is a Merlin award winner.

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Lu Chen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Lu Chen age 40

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Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin Died at 66 (1805-1871)

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Mark Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Mark Wilson age 88

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The Pendragons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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James Randi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
James Randi age 88

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P. C. Sorcar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Cyril Takayama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Dante is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Dante Died at 72 (1883-1955)

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Michael Carbonaro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Michael Carbonaro age 33 - 1982

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Paul Daniels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Paul Daniels age 79

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Mac King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Mac King age 56

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Piff the Magic Dragon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Jeff McBride is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Jeff McBride age 56

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Michael Ammar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Michael Ammar age 60

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Collins Key

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Ben Hanlin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Ben Hanlin

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Gary Kurtz. One of the best th... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Gary Kurtz. One of the best thinking magicians. A great creator of UNBELIVABLE magic with slight-of-hand-magic.

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Richiardi Jr is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Richiardi Jr Died at 62 (1923-1985)

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Joe Labero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Joe Labero age 52

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Drummond Money-Coutts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Shin Lim is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Shin Lim

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Darcy Oake is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians

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Kevin James is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Kevin James age 54

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Carl Beck Carlton and Company is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Carl Beck Carlton and Company As stated....Americas Greatest!

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Greg Frewin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Greg Frewin age 49

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Dan Sperry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Dan Sperry

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Mike Super is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians