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James Brown
Michael Vincent
Kostya Kimlat
Jason England

James Brown tops it with his excellent style of missdirection
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Those of you who love card magic and elegant sleight of hand will enjoy this weeks episode of The Magicians' Podcast with Ben Earl:

It's free! I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks, Richard
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Thanks Rich, I will check it out!
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From a UK perspective, Joe Riding and Bobby Bernard were both amazing performers, but there's little video record of how great they were. Of those still alive, I think Jerry Sadowitz, Ricky Jay and Lennart Green are the most successful at presenting a complete persona. They are all fantastic actors as well as fantastic technicians.
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David Williamson and Kyle Eschen. Two (in my opinion), genuinely funny magicians with two very different stage personas. Here's a clip of Kyle for anyone who is unfamiliar with his work:

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My fist two I always watch again when I'm not sure about why I love card magic are:
1.) <b>David Blaine</b>
The only guy, who has the nerve to keep the tension between him and his audiance and dosen't destroies it with laughter or a joke.
2.) <b>Martin A. Nash</b>
By know I can't stand watching card tricks on YouTube. Every routine Martin did I can watch without any problem.
The way he tied together the tricks and the connection he creates with his audiance is brilliant. Just a good guy.
The top two are all time favorites but the following I love as well.
3.) <b>Ricky Jay </b>
Great humor wihtout being a clown. The 52 Assistens show is one of the best card performances ever.
4.) <b>Guy Hollingworth </b>
Great Effects and a brilliant performance. Still the effect stands out. (Most times I do card magic I have one or two tricks from him in my repertoire)
5.) <b>Pepe Carrol</b>
I love to watch him especially with Juan Tamariz.
6.) <b>Pit Hartling</b>
He is amazing, for me he is like Derren Brown for mentalism. Take a normal guy. Put it on fast forward 2x and you have Pit Hartling.
7.) <b>Lennart Green </b>
I don't think I ever performed an effect from Lennart Green, however I love the way he chooses to present chaos and order together.
I'm highly entertaint by his humor.
8.) <b> Juan Tamariz </b>
Sometimes I love him, somtimes I can't stand his syle. On video he sometimes is annoing but on a live show I fought myself on the stage to
do Total Coincidence.

Honarable Mention:
<b> Ernest Earick </b>
In his book Stephen Minch wrote: "...when Mr. Earick performes this Effect.." I call ********!
I don't believe he liked to perform but I use pretty much every slight from his book. R.I.P. Mr. Earick!
<b> Jerry Sadowitz </b>
I just love the brilliance in his effects. His comedy oversadowes the effects on often for me.
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Bill Malone
Michael Vincent
Roberto Giobbi
Harry Lorayne

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My list, in no particular order, looked like this:
- Roberto Giobbi
- Dai Vernon
- Bruce Cervon
- Larry Jennings
- Charlie Miller

and many many more
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I will throw in these,based on technical ability
Jerry Sadowitz
Bill Malone
Alan Ackerman
Darwin Ortiz
Jason England
Ive upped my standards.Now,up yours!
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1.Dai Vernon
2.Roberto Giobbi
3.Bill Malone

Legends in Card Magic !!
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Derek Del Gaudio
Lennart Green
Derren Brown
Travis Bernhardt
Dai Vernon (would LOVE to see video of his early work).
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Michael Vincent is definitely my top, also really like Kostya Kimlat.
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Harry Lorayne......unquestionably top of my list.

And rather than just state a name (or list of 'names') here's my reasoning.

The guy is 100% 'Mr Entertainment' with nothing more than a (often borrowed) pack of cards. He fully engages with an audience; and delivers such a powerful performance.

If only some people spent more time learning about presentation rather than wasting hours on esoteric/pointless sleights and moves, then maybe they'd become much better performers themselves.

Added to which 'The Magic Book' and 'Close Up Card Magic' contain sufficient material to make anyone a decent enough living as a magical entertainer. Words cannot express what I truly think of these two masterpieces of magical literature; nor their author.
Barry Allen

"The Rules of the Sleight-of-Hand Artist, are three and all others are vain; the first and second are 'practice', and the third one is 'practice again'.

Edward Victor 1936
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Merc Man, I was getting so disappointed at the large number of people who didn't list me (forgive the ego - modesty is becoming a drag!) but you've just made up for that - you've made my day!! (You have wonderful taste!)
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Bill Malone.
Michael Vincent.
Martin Nash.
Kostya Kimlat comes next because of his performance on Penn and Teller. That one baffled me for months till I suddenly recalled his DVD release.
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Im going to have to agree with the Professor, Dai Vernon, and say Harry Lorayne. I also love Paul Daniels, Eugene Burger, David Williamson, Max Maven, Mike Skinner, Bruce Cervon and Paul Harris.
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Ben Earl
Jared Kopf
Bill Malone.
David Williamson.
Dani DaOrtiz.
Martin Nash
Johnny Thompson
Derek DelGaudio
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Da Ortiz
Simon Black

All the top Spanish guys
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Favorite *performers* of card magic you say?

Eddie Fechter
Matt Schulien
Harry Lorayne
Clarke "The Senator" Crandall
Ed Marlo! (Especially with lay audiences and I loved his dry wit)

Oddly enough, even though he is thought of as a move monkey ("Every move a move"), I find Allan Ackerman's presentation of card magic to be a pleasure to watch.
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