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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. (300 items)
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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 ...more

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Penn Jillette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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 ...more

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Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Teller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Teller
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, ...more

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Criss Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Magicians
David Seth Kotkin (born September 16, 1956), known professionally as David Copperfield, is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in ...more

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Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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David Blaine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Derren Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Derren Brown
Derren Brown (born 27 February 1971) is an English mentalist, illusionist, and author. Since his television debut with Derren Brown: Mind Control in 2000, Brown has produced several other shows ...more
Harry Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Harry Laverne Anderson (October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018) was an American actor, comedian, and magician. He is best known for the lead role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television ...more

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Alan Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Doug Henning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Doug Henning
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Heinrich Cornelius Agrip... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Josh Dolgin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Hans Klok is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Johannes Franciscus Catharinus "Hans" Klok (born 22 February 1969) is a Dutch magician, illusionist and actor.
Roy Horn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Ricky Jay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Herbert L. Becker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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The Amazing Johnathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Lance Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Lance Burton
William Lance Burton (born March 10, 1960 in Columbia, Kentucky) is an American stage magician. He performed more than 15,000 shows in Las Vegas for over 5,000,000 people. In 2010 he ended his ...more
John Scarne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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Siegfried Fischbacher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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John Nevil Maskelyne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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