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List Rules 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, and many Vegas magicians. 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 place, 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?" From huge magician names, to lesser known illusionists, and arguably the best magician ever. the world of magic isn't just for Harry Potter books. Us muggles can enjoy it too.

Who is the best magician? This is not a complete list of all magicians, so if you don't see you favorite magician or he best illusionist (according to you) on here, make sure to add them to this 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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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Harry Houdini Died at 52 (1874-1926) 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 ...more

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David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
David Copperfield age 60 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 ...more

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David Blaine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
David Blaine age 44 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 ...more

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Teller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Teller age 67 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, ...more

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Penn Jillette is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Penn Jillette age 62 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. ...more

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Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Dynamo age 34 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.

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Criss Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Criss Angel age 49 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 ...more

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Doug Henning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
VinceVargas added Doug Henning Died at 53 (1947-2000) Douglas James Henning was a Canadian magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician.

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Harry Blackstone, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Harry Blackstone, Sr. Died at 80 (1885-1965) Harry Blackstone was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Bouton in Chicago, Illinois, he began his career as a magician in his teens and was ...more

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Lance Burton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Lance Burton age 57 William Lance Burton is an American stage magician. He performed more than 5,000 shows in Las Vegas for over 5,000,000 people. In 2010 he ended his 31-year career.

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Harry Blackstone, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
JimmyHale added Harry Blackstone, Jr. Died at 63 (1934-1997) I would rank the Amazing Blackstones, Harry Jr and Harry Sr as number three and four respectively behind Houdini and Copperfield.  Classic magic, fantastic showmanship; Jr was a consummate performer. Harry Blackstone, Jr. was an American stage magician, author, and television performer.

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Harry Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Harry Anderson age 64 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 ...more

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Derren Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Derren Brown age 46 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 ...more

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Howard Thurston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
ChristopherHartnett added Howard Thurston Died at 67 (1869-1936) Howard Thurston was a stage magician from Columbus, Ohio, United States. His childhood was unhappy and he ran away to join the circus, where his future partner Harry Kellar also performed. ...more

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Dai Vernon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
ZachMerriman added Dai Vernon Died at 98 (1894-1992) Dai Vernon, aka The Professor, was a Canadian magician. His expert sleight of hand technique and extensive knowledge garnered him respect among fellow magicians. His influence was considerable ...more

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Siegfried Fischbacher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Siegfried Fischbacher age 77 Siegfried Fischbacher is a magician.

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The Amazing Johnathan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
The Amazing Johnathan age 58 John Edward Szeles, better known by the stage name The Amazing Johnathan, is an American stand-up comedian/magician. His act is mostly composed of hijinks, interaction with one specific audience ...more

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Ricky Jay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Ricky Jay age 69 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, ...more

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Joe Labero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
9301roau added Joe Labero age 53 Joe Labero is a Swedish magician. Joe Labero is a stage name derived from his birthname: Lars Bengt Roland Johansson.

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Roy Horn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Roy Horn age 72 Roy Horn is a magician.

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Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin Died at 66 (1805-1871) Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin was a French magician. He is widely considered the father of the modern style of conjuring.

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Mark Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Mark Wilson age 88 James "Mark" Wilson is an American magician and author. He is widely credited as becoming the first major "television magician" and in the process establishing the viability ...more

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Smoothini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
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The Pendragons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
The Pendragons Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon were a husband-and-wife team of American illusionists who called their work "physical grand illusion". They are widely known thanks to numerous ...more

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James Randi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
James Randi age 88 James Randi is a Canadian-American retired stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the co-founder of Committee for ...more

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Lu Chen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
YujiaWang added Lu Chen age 40 Lu "Louis" Chen is a Taiwanese magician and is credited to be the only Taiwanese magician to perform in Hollywood's Magic Castle, commonly referred to as Taiwan's most renowned ...more

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Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Neil Patrick Harris age 43 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 ...more

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Zurab Vadachkoria is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
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Shin Lim is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
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AkshayJyothis added Gopinath Muthukad age 53 He is a Merlin award winner. Gopinath Muthukad is a magician, escapologist, and stunt performer from Kerala, India. He employs magic as a medium to convey his messages to society. He was born on April 10, 1964 as the ...more

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Dante is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Dante Died at 72 (1883-1955) Harry August Jansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and settled in the United States. He traveled the world as a professional magician under the name Dante the Magician.

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Michael Carbonaro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
dragonlady222 added Michael Carbonaro age 34 1982 Michael Carbonaro is an American actor, magician, and improv artist. He is known for his hidden-camera "Magic Clerk" segments on The Tonight Show, in which he tricks unsuspecting ...more

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Mac King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Mac King age 57 Mac King is a comedy magician who has performed on television specials, often as a co-host. He has his own family-friendly show, "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show," at the Harrah's Las ...more

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Cyril Takayama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Cyril Takayama age 43 Cyril Takayama is an American-Japanese magician of Japanese, French, and Moroccan descent. He is perhaps best known for his magic performances around Japan.

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Piff the Magic Dragon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Liz Zam added Piff the Magic Dragon age 36 John van der Put, known as Piff the Magic Dragon, is a magician and comedian from the United Kingdom. He currently lives in Las Vegas with Mr Piffles, his magic performing Chihuahua.

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Michael Ammar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
AddWilson added Michael Ammar age 60 Michael Ammar is an American close-up magician. He is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living magicians.

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Paul Daniels is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Paul Daniels age 79 Newton Edward Daniels, known by his stage name Paul Daniels, is a British magician and television performer. He achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic ...more

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P. C. Sorcar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
anirban-rokstar added P. C. Sorcar, Jr. age 70 P. C. Sorcar, Jr. is an Indian magician based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He is the second son of Indian magician P. C. Sorcar. He is also the recipient of Merlin Award in Magic. He holds a ...more

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Jeff McBride is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Jeff McBride age 57 Jeff McBride is an American magician from Monticello, New York. He is known for his sleight of hand skills and specializes in the manipulation of playing cards, coins, and other small objects. ...more

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Richiardi Jr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Richiardi Jr Died at 62 (1923-1985) Richiardi Jr., was the stage name of magician Aldo Izquierdo, who became famous for dramatic and gory stage presentations of classic stage illusions. Richiardi was the son of another ...more

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Gary Kurtz. One of the best th... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Kåre Vergmann added Gary Kurtz. One of the best thinking magicians. A great creator of UNBELIVABLE magic with slight-of-hand-magic.

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Ben Hanlin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
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Kevin James is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Liz Zam added Kevin James age 54 Kevin James is an award-winning French-born American magician, known for creating several unique magical effects, such as the "Floating Rose" which is performed by David Copperfield. ...more

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Dan Sperry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
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Drummond Money-Coutts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
stefangalle added Drummond Money-Coutts age 30 Drummond William Thomas Money-Coutts, also nicknamed "DMC", is an English magician and specialist card sharp. Money-Coutts is the heir apparent to the Latymer Barony.

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Darcy Oake is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Liz Zam added Darcy Oake Darcy Oake is an illusionist and magician son of Scott Oake.

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Carl Beck Carlton and Company is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
sdayyy added Carl Beck Carlton and Company As stated....Americas Greatest!

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Greg Frewin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
Liz Zam added Greg Frewin age 49 Greg Frewin is an illusionist and "World Champion of Magic". His awards include First Place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians; The Gold Medal of Excellence, also from the ...more

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Luís de Matos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Famous Magicians
RicardoAlves added Luís de Matos age 46 Luis de Matos is a Portuguese magician. With Lu Chen and Dynamo he was co-winner of the "Golden Grolla" in 2013. He is the youngest magician ever to receive "The Devant ...more