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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 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

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

Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Teller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Criss Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Rick Moranis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Frederick Allan "Rick" Moranis is a Canadian actor, comedian and a two-time Grammy nominated musician. Moranis came to prominence around 1980 in the sketch comedy show Second City ...more

David Blaine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Derren Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Harry Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Alan Moore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, ...more

Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Thomas Frederick "Tommy" Cooper was a British prop comedian and magician. Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. He was famed for his red fez, ...more

Doug Henning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Douglas James Henning was a Canadian magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician.

Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim was a German magician, occult writer, theologian, astrologer, and alchemist.

Josh Dolgin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Josh Dolgin, better known by his stage name Socalled, is a Canadian rapper and record producer, known for his eclectic mix of hip hop, klezmer, and other styles such as drum & bass and folk ...more

Hans Klok is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Johannes Franciscus Catharinus "Hans" Klok is a Dutch illusionist and actor.

Roy Horn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Roy Horn is a magician.

Ricky Jay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Herbert L. Becker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Herbert Lawrence Becker is a former magician who also wrote a computer program described by him as "broadcasting analog signals over the internet in real time" in 2000. He is also the ...more

Dynamo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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.

The Amazing Johnathan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Lance Burton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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.

John Scarne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Magicians
John Scarne was an American magician and book author who was particularly adept at playing card manipulation. He became known as an expert on cards and other games, and authored a number of ...more

Siegfried Fischbacher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Siegfried Fischbacher is a magician.

John Nevil Maskelyne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Magicians
John Nevil Maskelyne was an English stage magician and inventor of the pay toilet, along with many other Victorian-era devices. Working with magicians George Alfred Cooke and David Devant, many ...more

Dai Vernon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Mac King is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Harry Blackstone, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Howard Thurston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Cyril Takayama is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Cyril Takayama is an American-Japanese magician of Japanese, French, and Moroccan descent. He is perhaps best known for his magic performances around Japan.

Val Valentino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Val Valentino, born Leonard Monatono is an American illusionist who gained fame by starring in four magic specials exposing magic secrets on the Fox network, using the stage name the Masked ...more

Paul Daniels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

James Randi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Jeff McBride is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Mark Wilson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Fay Presto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Fay Presto is a British trans woman who is known as a magician and a member of The Inner Magic Circle. In 2001, Fay Presto played herself in ITV's Emmerdale. In 1998 she was voted ‘Party ...more

Chris Cox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Chris Cox is a mentalist magician – a self-proclaimed "mind reader who can't read minds". He is "The Geek" in Killer Magic on BBC Three. He is also the writer and producer ...more

Dorothy Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Dorothy Dietrich is an American stage magician and escapologist, and the first and only woman to have performed the bullet catch in her mouth. She was also the first woman to perform a ...more

Martin Gardner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Martin Gardner was an American popular mathematics and popular science writer, with interests also encompassing micromagic, scientific skepticism, philosophy, religion, and literature—especially ...more

Persi Diaconis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Persi Warren Diaconis is an American mathematician and former professional magician. He is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Stanford University. He is particularly ...more

Carl Ballantine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Carl Ballantine, born Meyer Kessler, was an American magician, comedian and actor. Billing himself as "The Great Ballantine", "The Amazing Ballantine" or "Ballantine: ...more

Ed Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Ed Alonzo is a Mexican American comedian, actor and professional magician.

Harry Blackstone, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Harry Blackstone, Jr. was an American stage magician, author, and television performer.

Steve Cohen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Steve Cohen is an American magician who specializes in parlor magic. Sometimes called the "millionaires' magician", he performs regularly in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria New York in ...more

The Pendragons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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

Dante is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Magicians
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.

Misty Lee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Misty Lee is an American professional magician. She has also worked as an improv comedian and a voice actress for several animated cartoons.

Magic Babe Ning is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Ning Cai, better known as ‘Magic Babe’ Ning, is a Singaporean magician and entrepreneur. She has been recognised by Channel News Asia as "South East Asia's First Professional Female ...more

Steve Wyrick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Steve Wyrick is an American magician from Garland, Texas who is best known for performing as a headliner in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Hilton beginning in August 2011. He was featured in ...more

Harry Kellar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Magicians
Harry Kellar was an American magician who presented large stage shows during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kellar was a predecessor of Harry Houdini and a successor of Robert Heller. ...more