Magicians

Magic is a performing art that entertains an audience by creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats, using purely natural means. These feats are called magic tricks, effects or illusions.

One who performs such illusions is called a magician or an illusionist. Some performers may also be referred to by names reflecting the type of magical effects they present, such as prestidigitators, conjurors, mentalists, or escape artists.

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Harry Houdini

1874-1926

Harry Houdini, born Erich Weiss (March 24, 1874 - October 31, 1926), was an American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena.
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Harry Blackstone Sr.

1885-1965

Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Boughton. He began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son Harry Blackstone, Jr. also became a famous magician.
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Harry Blackstone Jr.

1934-1997

Harry Blackstone, Jr. (June 30, 1934 May 14, 1997) was an American stage magician, author, and television performer. He was born in Three Rivers, Michigan, the son of noted stage magician Harry Blackstone, Sr. (also known as "The Great Blackstone"). As an infant, he was used in his father's act. Rather than utilize the routines his father developed, Blackstone developed his own and modernized his performance, though onstage he would on occasion perform a sequence of his father's illusions in a period setting.
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Doug Henning

1947-2000

Douglas James Henning (May 3, 1947 February 7, 2000) was a Canadian magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician. Henning died aged 52 in February 2000 in Los Angeles five months after being diagnosed with liver cancer.
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Max Maven

1950-

Max Maven (born Philip Goldstein in 1950) is an American magician and mentalist. He often appears on television magic shows to perform "interactive" mind reading tricks that work for the television audience.
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PENN & TELLER

1950- & 1948-

Penn & Teller (Penn Jillette and Teller) are Las Vegas headliners whose act is an amalgam of illusion and comedy. Penn Jillette is a raconteur; Teller generally uses mime while performing, although his voice can occasionally be heard throughout their performance. They specialize in gory tricks, exposing frauds, and performing clever pranks, and have become associated with Las Vegas, atheism, and scientific skepticism.
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David Copperfield

1956-

David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin; September 16, 1956) is a world-famous American illusionist, described by Forbes in 2006 as the most commercially successful magician in history. Best known for his combination of storytelling and illusion, Copperfield has so far sold 40 million tickets and grossed over $1 billion.
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Jeff McBride

1959-

Jeff McBride (also known as Magnus) (born September 11, 1959) is an American magician. He is known for his sleight of hand skills and specializes in the manipulation of playing cards, coins, and other small objects. His stage performances blend elements of kabuki, a Japanese theater form, with traditional conjuring. In addition, he is noted for his contributions to Bizarre magic.
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Juliana Chen

Juliana Chen (born in the Hunan province of China) is a Chinese-Canadian stage illusionist. She is the first woman, and the first person of chinese heritage, ever to be awarded the Stage Magician Of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts.
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Greg Frewin

1967-

Greg Frewin (born May 21, 1967 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) is an illusionist and "World Champion of Magic". His awards include First Place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM); The Gold Medal of Excellence, also from the IBM; First Place at the Society of American Magicians' annual magic convention competition; and first place at FISM, the "Olympics of Magic", which were held in Yokohama, Japan.

He has his own theatre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Go to www.gregfrewintheatre.com for more details.


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Criss Angel

1967 -

Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos (born December 19, 1967), better known by the stage name Criss Angel, is an American magician and illusionist. He is best known for starring in the television show, Criss Angel Mindfreak and his live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in artistic collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Angel is also the creator of the MagicPlace.com.
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David Blaine

1973 -

David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American 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 magic. He has set and broken several world records.
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Nicholas Wallace

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Nicholas Wallace is a young magician who recently (2010) competed against entertainers across the country and received top honours from the Canadian Association of Magicians, making him the current Canadian champion of magic.