There are many famous Magicians some better known than others – this is my top 10 list of Famous Magicians. Some you will have heard of and some you may not have. Starting from 10 and counting down – I have included a short video clip of each one for you to enjoy.
My name is Roger Lapin and I am a Surrey Magician based in the UK
Famous Magicians – 10 – Chris Angel
Chris Angel is an American Magician and Illusionist he is best known for his Stage show Mindfreak – I actually saw this show in New York about 10 years ago and it was amazing. Since then Chris regularly appears on TV with some mind blowing magic – my favourite, which I just cannot explain is walking through a metal gate.
9 – Jeff McBride
Among Magicians Jeff McBride is seen as one of the great teachers and has brought a great amount of knowledge to the magic world. His stage shows are incredible and one of his most famous is the masks routine.
8 – Siegfried & Roy
Famous for their big cats and Las Vegas Shows – Siegfried & Roy are right up there with famous magicians. Earning over 57 million dollars a year – their show took 220 cast and crew members.
Night after night for more than 5000 performances Siegfried & Roy never missed a step, then one Friday night Roy was attacked by one of the tigers, he had devastating injuries, but survived. They then went on to perform one last show after performing together for over 45 years.
7 – Penn & Teller
Famous for performing gory magic tricks and exposing some of magics secrets, Penn & Teller they are also accomplished comedians and their act continues to wow audiences in Las Vegas
My favourite routine is from the Fool Us show on ITV – the nail gun routine!
6 – Harry Houdini
At his time Harry Houdini was one of the most famous magicians around – performing every more dangerous escapes he drew massive crowds and was always the showman. Born in Budapest he started as a trapeze artist and then went on to perform some of the now world famous escape routines, famous for being able to escape from any set of handcuffs.
5 – Derren Brown
Known as aDerren Brown uses his skills as a Magician and showmanship, mis-direction and suggestion to delivery some incredible TV shows. But to really appreciate Derren you have to seem him perform live. I have seen every single show and he is a pleasure to watch, a master at work. A worthy place at number 5. Well known for predicting the lottery numbers and Russian Roulette. But where Derren is the best is during his live shows.
4 – David Blaine
Famous for his street magic performing card tricks on the streets of the US, David Blaine progressed onto some very public stunts where he famously was imprisoned in a block of ice, was suspended from a perspex box in London and more recently held his breath underwater for 17 minutes. However David Blaine will always be known for his street magic.
3 – Paul Daniels
Paul Daniels achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran on the BBC from 1979 to 1994.
He was a living legend and in my opinion has done more for the world of magic than any other magician. Paul Daniels is an amazing close up magician and one of my main inspirations as a magician as I grew up watching his TV shows. A full episode is shown below.
2 – David Copperfield
David is one of the most famous magicians of all time and famous for the most amazing feat of magic performed on stage and that is to fly! Also famous for making the statue of liberty disappear. But my favourite was walking through the Great Wall of China
1 – Dynamo
Born Steven Frayne, Dynamo has had an amazing rise to stardom and although still a rising star in the world of magic. The name Dynamo is now secured as one of the most famous magicians in the world.
Ask anyone to name a Famous Magician and they will probably name Dynamo!