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Famous Male Magicians

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List of famous male magicians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male magicians list contains the most prominent and top males known for being magicians. There are thousand of males working as magicians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic magicians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a magician then the people below should give you inspiration.

Everything from Theodore Annemann to Jasper Maskelyne is included on this list.

While this isn't a list of all male magicians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male magicians?" and "Who are the best male magicians?"
  • Neil Patrick Harris
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    Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and musical stage roles. On television, he is known for playing the title character on Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993), Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014, for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards), and Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019). Harris is also known for his role as the title character in Joss Whedon's musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) and a fictional version of himself in the Harold & Kumar film series (2004–2011). His other films include...  more
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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  • Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American magician, actor, musician, inventor, television personality, and best-selling author best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo have been featured in numerous stage and television shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and are currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. Jillette serves as the act's orator and raconteur. He has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, the First Amendment,...  more
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Greenfield

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  • Harry Houdini
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    Harry Houdini (; born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born 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 repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to escape from and hold his breath inside a sealed milk can with water in it. In 1904, thousands watched as he tried to escape from special handcuffs commissioned by London's Daily Mirror, keeping them in...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1874-1926)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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    Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller on February 14, 1948) is an American magician, illusionist, writer, actor, painter, and film director. He is half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller, along with Penn Jillette. Teller usually does not speak during performances. He is an atheist, debunker, skeptic, and a fellow of the Cato Institute (a free market libertarian think tank that also lists Jillette as a fellow), an organization which is featured prominently in the duo's Showtime series Bullshit!. Teller legally changed his name from "Raymond Joseph Teller" to the mononym "Teller"....  more
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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