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Magicians' Quotes

"A conjurer is not a juggler, he is an actor playing the part of a magician"
Robert Houdin

"Remember, your not your props, create the magic."
Harry Blackstone Jr.

"...there is a fine line between wishing to produce child-like astonishment and treating people like infants."
Derren Brown (Absolute Magic)

"Be natural"
Dai Vernon

"The most important thing is presentation"
David Copperfield.

“It is better for a man to honor his profession than to be honored by it.”
Robert Houdin

"Grunt, foam at the mouth, and otherwise get psychic"
Theodore Annemann (Practical Mental Effects)

“Never tell the auidience how good you are, they will soon find out for themselves.”
Harry Houdini

“There is nothing worse than good magic at the wrong time.”
David Roth

“Never apologize, it’s all part of the trick.”
Harry Lorayne

“Don’t run when your not being chased.”
Dai Vernon

“Good timing is invisible. Bad timing sticks out a mile.”
Tony Corinda

“Methods may vary, but principles never change.”
Ron Bauer

“The worst reason to do magic is the desire to display your superiority to your fellow humans.”
Roberto Giobbi

"For those who believe no explanation is necessary, for those who do not, none will suffice."
Joe Dunninger

"Look for all the world like you're counting the brain cells in his cranium."
Theodore Annemann (Practical Mental Effects)

"At the finish of the effect look at the audience: if they have gone white in the face, froth at the mouth with excitement,shake at the knees or get down on the floor and salaam you-it is quite a fair trick."
Tony Corinda

"How are you coming into the effect? How are you getting out?"
Dai Vernon 

“Conjuring is a profession in which no one errs through excess of modesty.”
Robert Houdin

“The personality must be bigger than the prop.”
Harry Blackstone Sr.

“Let art conceal art”
T. Nelson Downs (Art of Magic)

“Most magicians consider the palm an easy move to make. They are inclined to believe that they are ‘getting away with it,’ when they are in fact fortunate enough to have a polite audience.”
Dai Vernon

"Caught in the difficulty of mystifying, magicians often forget that the first role of the artist is to communicate a beautiful idea."
Raymond Teller of Penn & Teller

"Audiences are far from being as dumb as some performers seem to think."
Theodore Annemann

"It wasn't just about doing tricks. It's about taking an audience to another place, a special place, so they can really suspend their disbelief. Its about amazing the audience as well as moving them."
David Copperfield.

“Make them think they’ve been fooled by a gentlemen.”
Howard Thurston

“Comedy born of bewilderment is the only comedy that should be in magic.”
Dai Vernon

“A good general chooses his battlefield.”
Tony Slydini

“Misdirect ALL the time.”
Fred Kaps

"People like being fooled by a gentleman."
Nate Leipzig

“A fundamental understanding of the human psyche is the essential key to successful magic.”
Robert Houdin

“Be yourself.”
Dai Vernon

“The very best method for a trick is the easiest method, and it is the method that should be used.”
Hugard and Braue

"The art of a magician is to create wonder. If we all live with a sense of wonder, our lives will become filled with joy."
The Great Doug Henning

"If you want to hide it, Paint it red"
Brad Henderson

"Without proper presentation, the best sleight of hand is nothing more than a feat of juggling."
Nate Leipzig

"Magic is not tricks; it is a way."
Tenkai Ishida

"Perform as many times as you can in front of people you don't know."
Lance Burton

"Eye's follow energy more than motion."
Brad Henderson

"There are no good or bad tricks. There are only well and badly presented tricks."
Raynaly (A French magician)

"If you labor like a mouse, and give birth to an elephant, that's magic; but if you labor like an elephant and give birth to a mouse, that's tragic."
Sol Stone

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I will be adding to this quotes list as time goes on. I hope that you like these famous quotes by great magicians. If you have any to add to this list please feel to contribute.

Gerard1973
"Confusion is not magic."
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I love the quotes! Nice work!

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“Don’t run when your not being chased.” This is actually a quote from Al Baker.

“Make them think they’ve been fooled by a gentlemen.” I believe this is Leipzig, but maybe it's Thurston, or maybe both men said it.

Good quotes though...several of these could be the start of a topic, or debate. Nice work!
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Great list of quotes.

There's one little thing that's bothering me. The man's name is Jean Robert-Houdin. His first name is not Robert.

Sorry, it's a stupid detail I know, but. . .

Mark
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Glad that everyone likes the quotes. I thought that they great too. That's why I posted them. Mark, I wish that there was a way to edit my post so I could correct Jean Robert-Houdins' name but unfortunately there's no way to do that.

Gerard
"Confusion is not magic."
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Leave them wanting more.

But I have no idea who said it first.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Great quotes
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Gerard, no problem. Just a pet peeve of mine. But I'm trying to let it go.

hey, has anyone ever told you that you bear a striking resemblance. . .no. . .couldn't be.

Mark
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"Those who think that magic consists of doing tricks are strangers to magic. Tricks are only the crude residue from which the lifeblood of magic has been drained."
- S.H. Sharpe
"Tricks are only the crude residue from which the lifeblood of magic has been drained." -S.H. Sharpe
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Harry Blackstone, Jr. when performing the floating light bulb became incensed when an audience member swatted the bulb to the floor.
Blackstone shouted at the man, "You dumb son of a b****!"
After Harry calmed down he apologized humbly, "Sir, please forgive me for calling you a dumb son of a b**** , but, you are."
POOF!
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"My brain is the key that sets me free"

- inscription by Houdini in a book.
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I love the quote of "Make them think they have been fooled by a gentleman".

What a great philosophy for performing.

My other favorite quote is in my sig line from Jeff McBride.
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My favourite quote is this:

"Whenever you perform magic, always think you are the best magician in the world... but know that you're not."
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Great list, Gerard.Smile
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On 2004-09-12 20:20, Jon Allen wrote:
My favourite quote is this:

"Whenever you perform magic, always think you are the best magician in the world... but know that you're not."

Jon, could you post a source for this quote?

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"The more I learn of people the more I love my dog"

One of the great magicians said something like that but I can not recall who it was. The guy hated magicians?


Thanks for the list, its great.

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Thanks Gerard! I love the qoutes!

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On 2004-11-02 03:27, tommy wrote:
"The more I learn of people the more I love my dog"

I think it was The Great Lafyette...


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Loved the Sol Stone quote, made me laugh out loud.
How about:

"Misdirection is the initiation of trains of thought"
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On 2004-11-02 13:11, Chris Wood wrote:
Quote:
On 2004-11-02 03:27, tommy wrote:
"The more I learn of people the more I love my dog"

I think it was The Great Lafyette...

Chris

You are right - he died in a fire about two weeks after his beloved dog died.

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"Always some piebald scoffer or bibulous imbiber will, with metaphysical bias, fail to properly visualize the overall anecdotal panorama."

---Clark Crandall
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"So I do Magic, I'm not a nerd... well total nerd"
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"Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange things..."

Penned by a magician of a different sorts, William Shakespeare.
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They are great quotes but I am a bit confused. You wrote that these were quotes by great magicians yet you have quotes from Brad Henderson mixed in there.

When I saw that, the first thing that popped into my head was a song I learned from Sesame Street that goes...

"One of these things is not like the other..."
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“I was in one of the most grand attitudes I ever struck, with my arm stretched up pointing to the sun. It was a noble effect. You could _see_ the shudder sweep the mass like a wave.”


Mark Twain
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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On 2007-01-31 00:07, Silly Walter the Polar Bear wrote:
They are great quotes but I am a bit confused. You wrote that these were quotes by great magicians yet you have quotes from Brad Henderson mixed in there.

When I saw that, the first thing that popped into my head was a song I learned from Sesame Street that goes...

"One of these things is not like the other..."

Believe me, I would be the first one to shy away from comparison to the group of peers in which I found myself listed. Just curious though, have we met, or have you seen a performance? Regardless, I too would not have placed myself into that company, nor would I call myself great. (Though I do think the energy quote is something worhty of consideration).

In fact, while the "paint it red" quote is used in my book, I will say that it is an old saying and one I would not claim credit for. The quote of mine of which I am proud is, "Magic is not the manipulation of objects, but the manipulation of people's perceptions."

Finally, I would love to add this one to the list:

Magic is what happens to a person's mind when a mystery is experienced; it is an emotional experience, not an exterior, objective event. - S.H. Sharpe

Brad "not great" Henderson
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"Brad "not great" Henderson"
-Brad Henderson

That was funny. Currently my favorite quote. That and the following:

"We are not actors playing the part of a magician. We are Real Life Magicians, who happen to be doing an Act"
-Garrett Thomas

"It has been argued that people of this day and age do not believe in magic. Nothing could be further from the truth. They only offer resistance to outdated myths, but new ones are constantly assimilated"
-John Carney

“We should never allow presentation to become a casualty of method.”
-Tommy Wonder

“Magic is a performance, and a performance should have an honesty, a relevance and a resonance if it is to be offered to spectators without insulting them.”
- Derren Brown

“When a performance is over, what remains? Fun can be forgotten, but powerful emotion also disappears and good arguments lose their thread. When emotion and argument are harnessed to a wish from the audience to see more clearly into itself - then something in the mind burns”
- From Peter Brooks’s The Empty Space

“Astonishment is not an emotion that’s created. It’s an existing state that’s revealed.”
-Paul Harris

“Magic is not inherently anything. It is what you sell it as.”
-Derren Brown

"But, Why?"
-Garrett Thomas

and one by ME!...

"Play Tetris, succeed at Life"

...but that has nothing to do with magic...
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"The real secret of magic lies in the performance."
- David Copperfield


"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing government and business." Smile
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“Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.”
- Bullwinkle J. Moose

“That trick never works.”
- Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel
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"Before there can be wonders, there must be wonder."
- David Copperfield
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