List of Famous Magicians People

List of Famous Magicians

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List of famous magicians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top magicians in the world? This includes the most prominent magicians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable magicians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic magicians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned magicians.

List people include Neil Patrick Harris, Penn Jillette and many additional people as well.

From reputable, prominent, and well known magicians to the lesser known magicians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the magician field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous magicians ever?" and "What are the names of famous magicians?" then you're in the right place. (299 items)

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    Neil Patrick Harris
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    Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, magician, singer, and television host. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother, for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards, and for his teenage role as the title ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, USA, New Mexico
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: How I Met Your Mother, Starship Troopers, The Smurfs, The Muppets, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, + more
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    Penn Fraser Jillette is an American magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Illusionist, + more
    • Credits: Toy Story, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hackers, Hollywood Squares, Dancing with the Stars, + more
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    Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1874-1926)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Grim Game, Haldane of the Secret Service, The Man from Beyond, Terror Island, The Golden Twenties
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    Teller is an American magician, illusionist, actor, comedian, writer, director and usually silent half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette. Teller is an atheist, debunker, skeptic, and a fellow of the Cato Institute, an organization which featured prominently in the duo's ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Fantasia 2000, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Car 54, Where Are You?, Tim's Vermeer, + more
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    Criss Angel
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    Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, better known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician and illusionist. Angel began his career in New York City, before moving his base of operations to Las Vegas. He is known for starring in the television and stage show Criss Angel Mindfreak and his live ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Town of Hempstead, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Stunt Performer, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Criss Angel Mindfreak, E!'s Pam: Girl on the Loose!, Phenomenon, Criss Angel Believe
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    David Copperfield
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    David Copperfield is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield's television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield’s career ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Metuchen, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Magician
    • Credits: Terror Train, The Magic Of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces, David Copperfield: Illusion
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    Frederick Allan "Rick" Moranis is a Canadian actor, comedian and a two-time Grammy nominated musician. Moranis came to prominence around 1980 in the sketch comedy show Second City Television and later appeared in several Hollywood films, including Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters II, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, + more
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    David Blaine
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    David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic. He has performed all over the world and has set and broken several world records.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Illusionist, Actor, Magician, + more
    • Credits: The Great Buck Howard, Mister Lonely, David Blaine: Fearless, David Blaine: Vertigo, David Blaine: Dive of Death, + more
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    Derren Brown
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    Derren Brown is an English illusionist, mentalist, trickster, hypnotist, painter, writer, and sceptic. He is known for his appearances in television specials, stage productions, and British television series such as Trick of the Mind and Trick or Treat. Since the first broadcast of his show Derren ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Purley, London, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Painter, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Hypnotist, + more
    • Credits: The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Medium Rare, Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale, Derren Brown The Specials, Messiah, + more
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    Harry Laverne Anderson is an American actor, writer, director and magician. He is best known for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984-1992 television series Night Court. In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Newport, USA, Rhode Island
    • Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor, Magician
    • Credits: It, Night Court, She's Having a Baby, The Escape Artist, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, + more
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    Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, he has been called "one of the most important British writers of the last fifty years". He has occasionally ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Northampton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Novelist, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, The Mindscape of Alan Moore, Tales of the Black Freighter, + more
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    Tommy Cooper
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    Thomas Frederick "Tommy" Cooper was a British prop comedian and magician. Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. He was famed for his red fez, and his appearance was large and lumbering, at 6 feet 4 inches and more than 15 stone in weight. On 15 April 1984, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1921-1984)
    • Birthplace: Caerphilly, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Magician
    • Credits: The Plank, It's Tommy Cooper, The Cool Mikado, It's Your Move, And the Same to You, + more
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    Doug Henning
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    Douglas James Henning was a Canadian magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician.more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1947-2000)
    • Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
    • Profession: Politician, Illusionist, Actor, Magician
    • Credits: Doug Henning's World of Magic
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    Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
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    Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim was a German magician, occult writer, theologian, astrologer, and alchemist.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1486-1535)
    • Birthplace: Cologne, Eurasia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne, Germany
    • Profession: Alchemist, Soldier, Physician, Astrologer, Magician
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    Josh Dolgin
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    Josh Dolgin, better known by his stage name Socalled, is a Canadian rapper and record producer, known for his eclectic mix of hip hop, klezmer, and other styles such as drum & bass and folk music. A pianist and accordion player, he has taught the latter at Klezfest London, where he has also run ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Journalist, Pianist, Musician, Cinematographer, + more
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    Hans Klok
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    Johannes Franciscus Catharinus "Hans" Klok is a Dutch illusionist and actor.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Purmerend, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Actor, Magician
    • Credits: Hans Klok, See you in Vegas
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    Roy Horn is a magician.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Nordenham, Germany
    • Profession: Illusionist, Actor, Animal training, Magician
    • Credits: Ocean's Eleven, Vegas Vacation
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    Richard Jay Potash, better known by the stage name Ricky Jay, is an American stage magician, actor, and writer. He is a sleight-of-hand expert and is notable for his card tricks, card throwing, memory feats, and stage patter. As an actor, he is known for his roles in the films Heist, Boogie Nights, and ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Boogie Nights, The Prestige, Deadwood, Magnolia, The Illusionist, + more
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    Herbert L. Becker
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    Herbert Lawrence Becker is a former magician who also wrote a computer program described by him as "broadcasting analog signals over the internet in real time" in 2000. He is also the author of several books, an actor, and the creator/director of the Masked Magician TV specials for Fox TV.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Stunt Performer, Historian, Author, Actor, + more
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    Steven Frayne, commonly known by his stage name "Dynamo", is an English magician, best known for his show Dynamo: Magician Impossible. Dynamo was born in Bradford, England.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Bradford, England
    • Profession: Actor, Magician
    • Credits: The Grind, Dynamo: Magician Impossible
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