Magic 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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110 42
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Dr. Strange, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel Universe

2
130 56
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Harry Potter Universe

3
123 53
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Middle Earth Universe

4
148 79
Gob Bluth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Arrested Development

5
95 45
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Harry Potter Universe

6
76 31
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
MiqeshJassal added 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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74 47
Zatanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
DC Universe

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69 43
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Middle Earth Universe

9
55 44
Eisenheim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Illusionist

10
54 43
Alfred Borden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Prestige

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60 51
Robert Angier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time

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56 49
The Wizard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Wizard of Oz - From The Wizard of Oz

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52 46
Tony Wonder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Arrested Development

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44 38
Mickey Mouse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
JanneMaasola added Fantasia

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67 66
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
How I Met Your Mother

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38 32
J. Daniel Atlas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
J. Daniel Atlas Now You See Me

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10 5
Doctor Fate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
SunKim added DC Universe

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27 30
Thaddeus Bradley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Now You See Me

19
33 44
Burt Wonderstone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - From The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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21 27
Merritt McKinney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Now You See Me

21
18 25
Harry Dresden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
MorganMacLivingston added Dresden Files

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7 9
Raistlin Majere is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Robert Miller added Raistlin Majere Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragonlance

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19 27
Henley Reeves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Henley Reeves Now You See Me

24
23 35
Mandrake the Magician is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Mandrake the Magician From the comic strip Mandrake the Magician

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30 48
Donald Duck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
In the video game Kingdom Hearts

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16 30
Balthazar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Scorpion King

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12 26
Quentin Coldwater is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Amy Boal added Quentin Coldwater The Magicians

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16 38
Fruit Pie the Magician is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Hostess mascot

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9 27
Steve Gray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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18 44
Sid Waterman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Scoop - From Scoop

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8 27
Dallben is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Chronicles of Prydain - From The Chronicles of Prydain

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10 32
Grubbs Grady is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Demonata - From Demonata

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6 24
Buck Howard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
AlexanderRay added Buck Howard The Great Buck Howard

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7 27
Anton Marvelton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Anton Marvelton The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

35
6 26
Chun the Unavoidable is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Chun the Unavoidable The Dying Earth

36
6 26
Rhiatto the Marvelous is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Rhialto the Marvellous Rhialto the Marvellous

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4 20
Corky is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
AlexanderRay added Corky Magic

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5 24
Karl Allen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Karl Allen Magicians

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3 20
Rick the Implausible is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Rick the Implausible The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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3 20
Mazirian the Magician is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Mazirian the Magician Mazirian the Magician

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3 22
Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Magician

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2 21
Anton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Day Watch, Night Watch - From the Night Watch novels

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2 21
Iucounu the Laughing Magician is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Iucounu the Laughing Magician The Dying Earth

44
2 22
Professor Slocombe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Professor Slocombe The Antipope

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1 25
Nathaniel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Nathaniel Bartimaeus Sequence - AKA John Mandrake from The Bartimaeus Trilogy

46
1 29
Catweazle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Catweazle Catweazle - From Catweazle