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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 and the best magician movies.

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Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Middle Earth Universe
2
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Dr. Strange, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel Universe
3
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Harry Potter Universe
4
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
Gob Bluth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Arrested Development
6
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Harry Potter Universe
7
Saruman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Middle Earth Universe
8
Zatanna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
DC Universe
9
Raistlin Majere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Robert Miller added Raistlin Majere Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragonlance
10
Alfred Borden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Prestige
11
Doctor Fate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
SunKim added DC Universe
12
Eisenheim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Illusionist
13
Mickey Mouse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
JanneMaasola added Fantasia
14
Wong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
creed added Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange, Marvel Universe
15
Robert Angier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
16
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
17
The Wizard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Wizard of Oz
From The Wizard of Oz
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Tony Wonder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Arrested Development
19
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
How I Met Your Mother
20
Thaddeus Bradley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Now You See Me
21
Harry Dresden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
MorganMacLivingston added Dresden Files
22
Henley Reeves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Henley Reeves Now You See Me
23
Burt Wonderstone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
From The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
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Merritt McKinney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Now You See Me
25
Mandrake the Magician is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Magicians of All Time
Mandrake the Magician
From the comic strip Mandrake the Magician