In 2006, the Magic Castle's Milt Larson named the top ten magicians of all time in a story that ran in Variety. In his list, Larson identified, in his opinion, the finest magicians of the twentieth century. His list inspired us to come up with the top ten magicians of our time.
In his top ten list, Milt Larson listed the greatest magicians of all time, but his list emphasized twentieth-century magicians. In this list, we attempted to identify and justify the current top ten magicians. This took out big names that included: Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone Sr., Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, Alexander Herrman, Cardini, Slydini, Harry Keller, John Nevil Maskelyne, Dante and more.
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David Copperfield is easily the best-known magician in the world. He has presented innovative magic in his many television specials and continues to tour and perform for live audiences. He's an immensely talented and skillful entertainer who has effectively changed with the times and does it all: illusion, manipulation, and close-up. At times in his career, he’s had the popularity of a rock star.
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A Las Vegas star who headlines in his own show, Lance Burton has won FISM and appeared in his own television specials. He is a skilled magician and an excellent entertainer.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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When television was in its infancy, Mark Wilson pioneered the presentation of magic on TV in an ambitious weekly series. He also headlined in his own Las Vegas show, acted as magic consultant for numerous television shows and starred in television magic specials.
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Best known as a television star, Harry Anderson created and presented his con man persona in comedy and nightclubs and starred in his own television specials.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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We're going out on a limb here and giving the final slot to Cyril Takayama. We only know his magic through YouTube videos, but he's an accomplished performer who creates bold and brilliant magic. When we want to see creative new magic angles, we simply search for Cyril.