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The Greatest Famous Magicians

List Criteria: 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. 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 world, 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?".

This is not a complete list of all magicians, so if you don't see you favorite magician or illusionist on here, make sure to add them to the 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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    David Copperfield

    1956 More
    92
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    1967 More
    75
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    1947 More
    66
    added by: VinceVargas
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    1960 More
    62
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    David Blaine

    1973 More
    58
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    1958 More
    54
  8. 8
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    Mark Wilson

    1929 More
    50
  9. 9
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    1952 More
    48
  10. 10
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    often listed
    Jeff McBride

    1959 More
    47
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    1939 More
    47
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    often listed
    Mac King

    1959 More
    46
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    1982 More
    46
  14. 14
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    1944 More
    43
  15. 15
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    1885 More
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    added by: ChristopherHartnett
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    added by: ZachMerriman
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    1948 More
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    1970 More
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    1938 More
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    1971 More
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    1956 More
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    1956 More
    30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Steve Wyrick

    1970 More
    30
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    Teller

    1948 More
    28
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    Penn Jillette

    1955 More
    28
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    1973 More
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    1934 More
    10
    added by: JimmyHale
    I would rank the Amazing Blackstones, Harry Jr and Harry Sr as number three and four ...
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    1982 More
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    added by: dragonlady222
    1982
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    1963 More
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    added by: 9301roau
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    Andy Field

    7
    added by: nomoo90
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    Ben Hanlin

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    added by: nomoo90
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