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Topic: Best Magician ever
Message: Posted by: pure effect (May 18, 2004 03:37AM)
Could fellow magicians please tell me who they think are the best magicians ever and why, as I am doing a servey that will be shown on a new magic series on itv in the summer
Thankyou all
PURE EFFECT
Message: Posted by: Review King (May 18, 2004 02:51PM)
Dead or alive?

Dead: Dai Vernon

Alive: Lance Burton. He's a brilliant sleight of hand performer.
Message: Posted by: Magictrickster (May 18, 2004 03:10PM)
Different Magicians excel in different areas of magic so I don't think you can simply identify just one person.

I think Michael Ammar is a fantastic Close Up Performer, and teacher this this type of magic. His technical skill is excellent and his teaching through books and videos is clear.

I agree with Magic Chris's choice of Lance Burton as a Stage Performer. In fact it was through watching his Manipulation act on TV in 1980 or 1990 which sparked off my now lifelong interest in Magic.

I could go on at length, but the two above are people I've observed and been impressed with above and beyond others.

Best wishes,

Brian.
Message: Posted by: Platt (May 18, 2004 03:44PM)
Definitely David Blaine. He can float 3 feet off the ground. Oh wait, that was trick editing. I take it back.
Definitely "The Mentalist."- He can make a person taste specific soups by just tasting a spoonful of water. For instance he gave someone the ability to taste "French Onion" soup. I mean I can see how someone could taste onion in their water, but French Onion. That's amazing. Unless it was a stooge. Oh wait, it had to have been a stooge. In fact it doesn't even make sense that you'd say French Onion. Nobody tastes French Onion. You taste onion. That's a major oversight on his part. In fact that effect just plain sucks. How can you screw up a mentalism effect with a stooge. Oh my goodness, did I say Gerry The Mentalist" was the greatest. I meant to say he's the greatest hack.
Message: Posted by: Julie (May 18, 2004 03:48PM)
Classical Stage Magic = Harry Blackstone, Jr. (loved that beautiful DEEP voice!)
Message: Posted by: Review King (May 18, 2004 05:15PM)
David Blaine caused renewed interest in our art. The "character" he and Paul Harris created for him was perfect for out times!!
Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (May 18, 2004 07:52PM)
Mike Walton... hands down.
Message: Posted by: kinesis (May 19, 2004 06:24AM)
It's gotta be Derek Heron (www.derekheron.com)

er, you can vote for yourself, can't you, oh yeah it's called marketing, hee hee!
Message: Posted by: Mike Walton (May 19, 2004 09:34AM)
Local Chicago magician Reis O'Brien.
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (May 19, 2004 10:46AM)
As a fan of Coin Manipulation, I would say Roth.
Message: Posted by: Whiterabbit (May 20, 2004 04:56AM)
Living, I'm a great admirer of Mc Bride for that elegant stuff. Deceased - Tommy Cooper was a blast - not classic, but he stamped his personality on his magic.
Message: Posted by: Fayaad Manie (May 20, 2004 05:09AM)
Daryl
Tommy wonder
Michael Ammar

A close tie for all three
Message: Posted by: LBP MAGIC (May 20, 2004 10:07AM)
I would have to say Ammar and Daryl. I may be crazy, but David Copperfield is fun to see and he has sparked a lot of interest in the art.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (May 20, 2004 05:29PM)
[quote]
On 2004-05-20 14:56, BlaineWannaBe wrote:
Blaine Blaine Blaine!

[/quote]

Thanks for continuing to propagate the memory of the late , great Lorenzo Blaine ("The Jekyll Island Fakir" ).

As I wrote in my response to your post on the "Most Underated Magician" topic , not many remember him these days , but old-timers fondly recall his brilliant impromptu effect , Lobster from Milady's Handbag .
Message: Posted by: pure effect (May 21, 2004 11:37AM)
Thankyou people 4 your posts
Message: Posted by: Thinker (May 22, 2004 11:06PM)
In my opinion, Cooperfiel,Daryl,Mcbride, and Ammar.
But I cant't forget Bill Malone, this guy is a great magician and really funny.
Message: Posted by: andl (May 23, 2004 08:14AM)
Hi!
first of all, I don't think that it's possible to say: there is ONE best magician ever!
in my opinion there a lot of magicians which are overestimated. many people think the larger an illusion is, the better is the magician who performs it!
I think there are many great magicians out there, who are infamous and just do magic for fun!
(of course there are MANY great professions too!!!)
greetings!
andy
Message: Posted by: DrewWiester (May 26, 2004 01:31PM)
Dave Neighbors - Wonderfull to watch him do coin work on his knees with his mat.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (May 27, 2004 02:53AM)
Dead as an entertainer for close up - Don Alan and Heba Haba Al and Max Malini

Live as an entertainer for close up - Johnny Thompson & Bill Malone

Dead as a stage performer - Harry Blackstone Sr.
Live as a stage performer - Lance Burton & Jeff McBride

Dead cabaret performer - Chop Chop, Johnny Platt
Live cabaret performer - Mac King

Mentalist (single) dead - Dunninger
Mentalist (single) live - Kreskin and Derren Brown

Mentalists (couple) - Falkenstein & Willard

Bizarre (dead) - Tony Andruzzi (Masklyn ye Mage)
Bizarre living - Eugene Burger

Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
Message: Posted by: andl (May 28, 2004 04:48AM)
I just can say, who is surley not: DAVID BLAME (you see the word-game??-->BLAME!!! hahahahhahhaahha)
Message: Posted by: GypsyPirate (May 28, 2004 12:01PM)
David Blaine got me interested in magic in the first place. He is certainly not the most skilled, but he pulls off his image and character so well, that it makes up for it. He is a genius for taking to television and making famous the basic tricks that we have been doing for years and years (when I say "we," I mean magicians in general. I have only been in it for 2 or 3 years). I think he gets a lot of rap from fellow magicians because they think, "Why the heck didn't I think of that? I can do THAT!!"

I don't like his stunts though.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (May 29, 2004 10:09AM)
[quote]
On 2004-05-18 18:15, MagicChris wrote:
David Blaine caused renewed interest in our art. The "character" he and Paul Harris created for him was perfect for out times!!
[/quote]

OK. I'm game. Had no idea about Paul Harris's involvement, other than contributing effects. Could you explain further?
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jun 2, 2004 07:57PM)
How about Mac King? This is because I have tickets (part of a package) to see him in Vegas in July:)
Message: Posted by: TheHungryMagician (Jun 2, 2004 08:42PM)
What Andy said is right. The best magician is not one of us, but all of us working together as a team.
Best is an adjective with an unclear definition. Let's get a good criteria.
Fill out this form and post it:

Best Magicians At:

Publicity :
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Influence on the magic community :
Influence on the lay community :
Presentation :
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Teaching others :
Your personal favorite :

The organizer of chaos,
The Hungry Magician
Message: Posted by: Twisted_Reality (Jun 3, 2004 08:53PM)
Hes not my fav.. but criss angel did win magician of the year twice....that counts for something... but then again - they didn't have these competitions..

what about lennart green?
Message: Posted by: realfake magic (Jun 4, 2004 01:01AM)
The best magician is a mentalist... he's name is DEDDY CORBUZIER. He always amazed people... That's what magician should do, right?
Message: Posted by: Mr Amazeo (Jun 4, 2004 01:20PM)
A whole lot of great one's have already been mentioned. I'd like to add Flosso to the list. If you ever get a chance to see the video of him doing the misers dream, you'll have a new appreciation for slight of hand.
Message: Posted by: prospero (Jun 4, 2004 05:18PM)
Banachek, Vernon, currently Paul Wilson, maybe.
Message: Posted by: Banachek (Jun 4, 2004 08:02PM)
Platt, no stooge, I promise, and my kids life I was there. You may have to re-think that effect if it was that good you think Stooge.

As for greatest, thanks prospero but I think I am way down on the list somewhere, there are so many greats out there. In mentalism you have Jeff & Tessa as a two person team, the best I have seen or ever think there was. And illusionists you have Copperfield who is alive and probably the best ever despite what some think of his current show. Those who have ever seen Penn & Tellers live show (goldfish production, shadow rose) might want to give them the nod for comedy drama show. Vernon for card work, Slydini for close up.

There are so many areas it really would be hard to list them all. But maybe fun to try. Might be easier to list the top 100 magicians of all time.
Message: Posted by: andre combrinck (Jun 5, 2004 05:10AM)
Dai Vernon to me was the greatest magician-because of his inventions and making all moves/sleights easier and believable.Michael Ammar for being the modern Tarbell.Paul Harris for the greatest visual magic.Richard Osterlind for being himself.Tommy Wonder-His effects are amazing,but some of them to envolved with complicated apparatus-though nothing could look more like real magic.David Copperfield for elevating the art more than Houdini.Blaine for the same reason.
But all in all Dai Vernon-You were and always will be the MAN.
Andre
Message: Posted by: sniper1 (Jun 5, 2004 08:56AM)
In my opinion I am the greatest magician of all time
Message: Posted by: #1magician (Jun 7, 2004 11:12PM)
I would probably say David Coperfield for stage, and Brad Christian for street.
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Aug 21, 2007 02:18PM)
Time to restart this.

Vernon

Peace,
Parson
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Aug 21, 2007 05:13PM)
Stevie Starr...I have always considered in a realm beyond magic as we know it.

He is [IMHO] the most amazing performer I have ever seen.

If you are unfamiliar with him, here are a couple of video links to...ahem...whet your appetite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDEIYflt6IA

http://www.stupidvideos.com/video/just_plain_stupid/Stevie_Starr/

Traditional magical performers that I have had the pleasure of watching perform in person...that I feel fall in the category of great: Richiardi; Blackstone, Jr.; Rene Levand; and Frank Garcia.

Rich
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Aug 21, 2007 11:57PM)
I guess each generation has their heroes. Devant used to be a superstar.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Aug 22, 2007 07:01AM)
Houdini - He is still fooling people 80 some years later...
Message: Posted by: Parson Smith (Aug 22, 2007 06:14PM)
I think that Houdini was a better answer than mine.

Peace,
Parson
Message: Posted by: Darth Ewok (Aug 22, 2007 07:32PM)
I think I may be the only magician who really dislikes Houdini. He wasn't that good at actual magic, and he did everything he could to hurt other magicians.
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Aug 22, 2007 10:11PM)
Well, my prejudice for the Blackstones is well known. But that aside, based on all I've read on these forums, the world's greatest magician is 14 years of age or younger, been in magic maybe a whole 5 years, tops, or less, and has released at least 50 e-books and 500 instructional videos on YouTube. Of course there are so many of those, it's hard to pick one.
Message: Posted by: Michael J. Douglas (Aug 23, 2007 11:58AM)
Considering I never saw Houdini perform, other than in a clip here or there, I couldn't say whether he was any good at magic or not. I know what others have said, but his name is still synonymous with magic over 80 years after his death, so he must've done something right.

I certainly couldn't narrow the list down to "the one". Almost everyone mentioned so far would be up there, though.... Notice I said, "Almost." ;)
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Aug 23, 2007 09:29PM)
Houdini was a magician long before being an escape artist. How do you think he got the name "King of Cards?" Like I said, he is still fooling people to this day.
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Aug 24, 2007 01:17AM)
[quote]He wasn't that good at actual magic, and he did everything he could to hurt other magicians.[/quote]

The truth is that Houdini was an extremely complex individual and very obsessed about protecting his name and reputation.

My understanding is that he was actually quite good at magic, but that many other magicians who were jealous would say disparaging things to damage his reputation. Ironically, Houdini was not above damaging the reputations of other magicians and escape artists who crossed him. He could also be quite generous and helpful to others that respected him and his act by asking for permission to perform something that was in his show.

Perhaps the greatest example of Houdini's wrath was his "exposure" book on Robert-Houdin.

Personally, I consider "The Secret Life of Harry Houdini" a must read.

As for my vote for greatest magician, I would have to say Houdini for escapes, Doug Henning for stage, and Michael Ammar for close-up. In mentalism, it would be a toss-up between Kreskin and Darren Brown.
Message: Posted by: Drewmcadam (Aug 24, 2007 09:07PM)
Well, could you imagine...just imagine...if Uri Geller made a video to be released on his death. And this video said: "I am a magician, and I fooled the world for a lifetime..." Would that make HIM the greatest magician of all time? Bigger than Houdini?

I rather think so.

Just surmising, folks!

Drew
Message: Posted by: cosmopop1 (Aug 26, 2007 10:02AM)
Dead = Cardini, Vernon, and/or Houdini
Alive = McBride and/or Burton
Message: Posted by: Y2John (Aug 26, 2007 03:32PM)
I truly don't believe there is a "Best Magician Ever". Many could be considered the best, but there isn't one who puts all others to shame in all categories of magic.
Message: Posted by: Starry (Aug 28, 2007 03:09PM)
Does no one remember Doug Henning?
Message: Posted by: Traveler (Aug 30, 2007 12:10PM)
[quote]
On 2007-08-24 22:07, Drewmcadam wrote:
Well, could you imagine...just imagine...if Uri Geller made a video to be released on his death. And this video said: "I am a magician, and I fooled the world for a lifetime..." Would that make HIM the greatest magician of all time? Bigger than Houdini?

I rather think so.

Just surmising, folks!

Drew
[/quote]

Drew, do you know more than you're saying ? ;) Just kidding, mate. But IF, IF Uri would ever consider doing such a thing, it would be marvelous to see him in the international spotlight once more before he outs himself. People over here have not the faintest idea who he is nowadays (perhaps because I live in a silly country) and I'd love to see a revival of all this.
Message: Posted by: B-RAND (Aug 31, 2007 01:31AM)
Going to sound common, and very typical, but Criss Angel.
Message: Posted by: Mr.Crebar (Sep 4, 2007 10:46PM)
I really enjoy Michael Ammar. Does anyone think he could be the Dai Vernon of magic someday?
Message: Posted by: magicman123 (Sep 5, 2007 08:19PM)
John Hammon or the one and only person to fool houdini, the Professor.
Message: Posted by: PirateJohn (Sep 6, 2007 11:17PM)
[quote]
On 2004-06-02 21:42, TheHungryMagician wrote:

Best Magicians At:

Publicity :
Skill :
Influence on the magic community :
Influence on the lay community :
Presentation :
Creating Effects :
Teaching others :
Your personal favorite :
[/quote]
Publicity : Criss Angel
Skill : Dai Vernon
Influence on the magic community : Jay Sankey
Influence on the lay community : Criss Angel
Presentation : Jeff McBride
Creating Effects : Jay Sankey
Teaching others : Jay Sankey
Your personal favorite : David Copperfield
Message: Posted by: rbattle (Sep 8, 2007 10:24PM)
Vernon

Robert
Message: Posted by: phillipsje (Sep 8, 2007 10:41PM)
[quote]
On 2007-09-07 00:17, PirateJohn wrote:
[quote]
On 2004-06-02 21:42, TheHungryMagician wrote:

Best Magicians At:

Publicity :
Skill :
Influence on the magic community :
Influence on the lay community :
Presentation :
Creating Effects :
Teaching others :
Your personal favorite :
[/quote]
Publicity : Criss Angel
Skill : Dai Vernon
Influence on the magic community : Jay Sankey
Influence on the lay community : Criss Angel
Presentation : Jeff McBride
Creating Effects : Jay Sankey
Teaching others : Jay Sankey
Your personal favorite : David Copperfield
[/quote]

I completely agree with you.
Message: Posted by: Erdnase27 (Sep 9, 2007 07:59AM)
Ublicity : David Blaine
Skill : Dai Vernon and Daryl
Influence on the magic community : Vernon and Daryl
Influence on the lay community : Blaine
Presentation : Vernon and Daryl
Creating Effects : Jay Sankey, Daryl and richard Osterlind
Teaching others : Daryl
Your personal favorite : Vernon
Message: Posted by: ibm_usa (Sep 9, 2007 09:10AM)
[quote]
On 2004-05-23 00:06, Thinker wrote:
In my opinion, Cooperfiel,Daryl,Mcbride, and Ammar.
But I cant't forget Bill Malone, this guy is a great magician and really funny.
[/quote]

who is Cooperfield? I hope you were refering to Copperfield
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (Sep 9, 2007 11:40AM)
[quote]Does no one remember Doug Henning?[/quote]

Starry, apparently you missed my previous post.

Publicity : Houdini
Skill : Daryl and Brandon Williams
Influence on the magic community : Ammar
Influence on the lay community : Criss Angel
Presentation : undecided
Creating Effects : Jay Sankey, Justin Miller
Teaching others : Daryl
Your personal favorite : Houdini

I know many will argue about my choice of Houdini for peronal favorite or publicity, but he was an incredible self-promoter and showman or he wouldn't be remembered today.

What makes him my favorite is that I have an incredible respect for the man's drive and tenacity. He led a life most of us can only dream of. He made things happen rather than waiting for things (or life) to happen to him and tried to live to his fullest potential.
Message: Posted by: PirateJohn (Sep 9, 2007 07:09PM)
[quote]
On 2007-09-09 12:40, clynim wrote:
I know many will argue about my choice of Houdini for peronal favorite or publicity, but he was an incredible self-promoter and showman or he wouldn't be remembered today.
[/quote]

Nah, I was definitely thinking Houdini for that one. The only reason I chose Criss Angel is because he has one thing Houdini never had -- television. Most people just never got to see Houdini because all his performances could only be done live.
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Sep 14, 2007 10:16AM)
For pure theater, Jeff McBride, for pure wonder, Doug Henning. Skill female Suzy Wandas. Manipulative skill, Cardini/ Vernon. Spectator management and amazing magic, John Calvert. MC work, Jay Marshall and Aldo COlombini.
Message: Posted by: PirateJohn (Sep 20, 2007 09:18PM)
I can think of a few more categories to add:

Card handling: Ricky Jay
Mentalism: Derren Brown
Theatrics: David Copperfield
Escapes: Well, I suppose this one is obvious...
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Sep 20, 2007 10:17PM)
I have to add a performer to my short list I entered earlier...'Salvano'[an amazing performer].If you can get hold of a video put out by Stevens...sit back and be a witness to magical enchantment.

Also discussed here.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=55020&forum=27&start=30

Rich
Message: Posted by: tannin (Sep 30, 2007 09:50AM)
I have always been a fan of Gregory Wilson .I just like how he connects with people and has a great sense of humor and makes magic seem so easy .
Message: Posted by: darrylasher (Sep 30, 2007 10:09AM)
[quote]
On 2007-09-04 23:46, Mr.Crebar wrote:
I really enjoy Michael Ammar. Does anyone think he could be the Dai Vernon of magic someday?
[/quote]

I thought Dai Vernon was already the Dai Vernon of magic.
Message: Posted by: SoCalPro (Sep 30, 2007 10:18AM)
[quote]
On 2007-08-21 18:13, PaleoMagi wrote:
Stevie Starr...I have always considered in a realm beyond magic as we know it.

He is [IMHO] the most amazing performer I have ever seen.

If you are unfamiliar with him, here are a couple of video links to...ahem...whet your appetite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDEIYflt6IA

http://www.stupidvideos.com/video/just_plain_stupid/Stevie_Starr/

Traditional magical performers that I have had the pleasure of watching perform in person...that I feel fall in the category of great: Richiardi; Blackstone, Jr.; Rene Levand; and Frank Garcia.

Rich

I think he is awesome but is Stevie a magician or a freak show entertainer? :)
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Sep 30, 2007 10:39AM)
Hi Jim:That's why I carefully phrased my opening sentence:"Stevie Starr...I have always considered in a realm BEYOND magic as we know it".


Rich
Message: Posted by: parmenion (Oct 20, 2007 12:05PM)
DAVID WILLIAMSON and GARY KURTZ of course !:-)
Ammar?...pfffffffffff :)
Message: Posted by: Erdnase27 (Oct 20, 2007 03:40PM)
1. Jay Noblezada
2. Brad Christian
3. Criss Angel

those 3 gonna be right up there lool
Message: Posted by: Laszlo Csizmadi (Oct 21, 2007 04:38AM)
1. Professor Vanek
2. Doug Henning
3. David Copperfield
Message: Posted by: Michael Taggert (Oct 21, 2007 12:21PM)
Me!
Message: Posted by: Xemm (Oct 23, 2007 09:14PM)
Card: Daryl , Ackerman , Ortiz, Green.
Coin: Roth, Sankey
Mentalist : Maven, Banacheck, Osterlind
Stage : Copperfield
Message: Posted by: realorcy (Mar 25, 2008 08:57AM)
Jay Noblezada
Rob Stiff
Ben Salinas
Brad christian
Message: Posted by: chichi711 (Mar 25, 2008 11:30AM)
I have many that I would say are better magicians/mentalists, but David Blaine got me into this (for better or worse), so I have to give my ultimate nod to him. He is the one magician that I saw that changed the way I thought.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 25, 2008 08:09PM)
[quote]
On 2008-03-25 09:57, realorcy wrote:
Jay Noblezada
Rob Stiff
Ben Salinas
Brad christian
[/quote]

Wow, that's quite a list...
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 25, 2008 08:10PM)
[quote]
On 2007-09-30 11:09, darrylasher wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-09-04 23:46, Mr.Crebar wrote:
I really enjoy Michael Ammar. Does anyone think he could be the Dai Vernon of magic someday?
[/quote]

I thought Dai Vernon was already the Dai Vernon of magic.
[/quote]

No, Dai Vernon is the Dai Vernon of silhouette cutting!
Message: Posted by: Ryan_B_Magic (Apr 18, 2008 11:59PM)
[quote]
On 2004-05-28 13:01, GypsyPirate wrote:

David Blaine got me interested in magic in the first place. He is certainly not the most skilled, but he pulls off his image and character so well, that it makes up for it. He is a genius for taking to television and making famous the basic tricks that we have been doing for years and years (when I say "we," I mean magicians in general. I have only been in it for 2 or 3 years). I think he gets a lot of rap from fellow magicians because they think, "Why the heck didn't I think of that? I can do THAT!!"

I don't like his stunts though.

[/quote] Im not trying to start anything with anyone but I do not like david blaine and a lot of other magicains that hire people accomplish a trick I think a true magicain will not need to hire anyone I think that everyone in the Café is better than blaine. David Blaine does not deserve where he is now in magic he is no different than any of us we all use effects from different people so does david blaine I don't think (but do not know) that he created a trick all by himself with no help from anyone. I honestly cant tell you who my favirate magicain is but probably dai Vernon
Message: Posted by: jfkkraemer (Apr 19, 2008 12:09AM)
Doug Henning, Dai Vernon and Gary Oulette. Ok my old Canadian roots are maybe coming through just a little. I haven't forgot my roots.

It's interesting to see everyones favourites and the reasons why. Guess it comes down to all of our opinions and influences. Even the Blaines or Angels, if your newer to magic and they helped to get you into it all the power to you guys. One has to start some where.

Jeffrey Kraemer
Message: Posted by: Ryan_B_Magic (Apr 19, 2008 12:11AM)
[quote]
On 2008-04-19 01:09, jfkkraemer wrote:
Doug Henning, Dai Vernon and Gary Oulette. Ok my old Canadian roots are maybe coming through just a little. I haven't forgot my roots.

It's interesting to see everyones favourites and the reasons why. Guess it comes down to all of our opinions and influences. Even the Blaines or Angels, if your newer to magic and they helped to get you into it all the power to you guys. One has to start some where.

Jeffrey Kraemer
[/quote] You do got a really good point
Message: Posted by: dragee (Apr 19, 2008 07:14AM)
I like the sense of humor of Gregory Wilson and bill Malone, makes me laugh everytime
Message: Posted by: erich_weis (Apr 20, 2008 03:52AM)
Gregory Wilson, Bill Malone, Vernon, Blackstone, Houdini, Lance Burton, and really enjoy Guy Hollingworth. Too many more to mention. But these would top my list.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (May 4, 2008 05:51PM)
Erich_Weis
Message: Posted by: gaddy (May 4, 2008 09:11PM)
My sig line says it all...
Message: Posted by: Robin Z (May 12, 2008 03:27PM)
I'd have to say Tony Slydini and Lance Burton. Lance Burton for being the first magician I ever saw and therefore my inspiration, and Tony Slydini for his mastery of misdirection.
Message: Posted by: VermontMagic (May 15, 2008 08:42PM)
To me, the "best" doesn't necessarily mean the best technical performer. Who entertains me the most?

I LOVED watching Doug Henning. He was the epitome of someone who could bring this sense of wonderment and awe. He looked like he truly loved touching you with his magic.

Harry Blackstone Jr. was a throwback. To me, he represented what magicians of the vaudeville era and prior must have been like. Classy, professional.

Mark Wilson got me interested in magic. First through his TV show when I was little, then I got to see him at the NY World's Fair - my first live performance.

David Copperfield, just because he's the only really big touring show these days. And he never fails to entertain.

Jeff McBride, he's just different.

-gary
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (May 17, 2008 10:36AM)
[quote]
On 2007-09-30 11:09, darrylasher wrote:
[quote]
On 2007-09-04 23:46, Mr.Crebar wrote:
I really enjoy Michael Ammar. Does anyone think he could be the Dai Vernon of magic someday?
[/quote]

I thought Dai Vernon was already the Dai Vernon of magic.
[/quote]

How about "Dai Vernon of the modern day?"

My list would be David Copperfield, Doug Henning and Mark Wilson.

All of these people took major steps to bring magic to the general audience with out damaging the reputation of magic in the attempt.
Message: Posted by: Marc Frese (May 28, 2008 02:44PM)
David Copperfield - for the the new way of modern magic!
Message: Posted by: Marc Frese (May 28, 2008 02:48PM)
Did Copperfield actually a trick invented himself.
Message: Posted by: thepspdope (Jun 8, 2008 06:43AM)
Publicity : Cris Angel
Skill : Dai Vernon
Influence on the magic community : Michael Ammar
Influence on the lay community : David Blaine
Presentation : Bill Malone
Creating Effects : Paul Harris
Teaching others : Daryl Martinez
Your personal favorite : Joshua Jay

I could continue for as long as there are catagories!
Message: Posted by: Barry Donovan (Jun 9, 2008 04:37PM)
Brad christian ???? hes dreadful, best thing ive seen him do was get 6 eyeliners on 1 eye!!!

personally my fave is david stone
Message: Posted by: Magicray69 (Jun 12, 2008 11:54AM)
On the top of my list is Dai Vernon. I was fortunate enough to attend his last lecture tour in West Hartford, Ct sponsored by The Magic Shop. The shop was owned by Tom Verner and Milt Nichols. Tom is a wonderful person. A retired Professor of psychology and the creative and compassionate mind behind "Magicians Without Borders". Check out his website at Magicians Without Borders.com. Milt was responsible for bringing the $100 Bill Switch to the magician's arsenal.

Back to Dia Vernon. You would never want to meet a nicer, sweeter person. His magic was always 'Real Magic' never just a trick. He was always humble, never arrogant, and the magic happened to him, too, when he performed. The audience loved HIM. That's important. You have to sell YOU.

He personally instructed me on his coin retention vanish. You see so many amateur AND professional magicians do the pass with a coin or sponge ball that is very aukward and unnatural. With Vernon's pass, you actually SEE the object go into the hand. Very important. Get his tapes and view them. They will change your prospective on what magic presentation should be.

That's why he gets by vote for being one of the best all-around performers of magic that ever lived, if not the best.
Message: Posted by: Magicray69 (Jun 12, 2008 12:03PM)
Correction on Tom Verner's Website....It's http://www.magicianswithoutborders.org
Message: Posted by: Doctor Xombie (Jul 11, 2008 10:45PM)
(I have only seen a few magicians so far so my opinion will probably change as I grow in knowledge.)
The HUGE names like Blaine, Angel, and Copperfield are fine, but I'm not sure I'd call them the best.
What got me REALLY interested was watching Celebracadabra and seeing the coaches.
Max Mavin had a great character and look. He presents himself in an very entertaining manner.
I also liked Rocco. His slight of hand and organic manipulations are very cool. It's something I hadn't really seen before. I think I'd have to say Rocco for my favorite.
Message: Posted by: Miraclemakers (Aug 14, 2008 10:22PM)
Harry Houdini....He's the best Magician icon in 20th century.....
almost all magician on tv always said that "i will do something that Houdini never do" or "i will do it for my respect to Houdini".....if they want to perform escape magic specialy......

Criss Angel and David Blaine is a Fresh icon in modern magic.....Criss and Blaine is the magician that can successfully combine close up, mentalism, on the street....

David Coperfield is the unforgetable illusionist, of course we can't forget David when he's fly, when his body cut into 2 pieces,and make Libery vanish......

But, in Indonesia, I think Deddy Corbuzier can be a living legend magician in indonesia (if you don't know who is deddy corbuzier, please visit his web http://www.deddycobuzier.com)

in Indonesia, art of magic is little bit diffrent with another country, in past, 1980-1990, if you hear word "magician" in indonesia, most people think about the person standing in front of few people with a clown make up, doing a old trick, such as ballon, wand, silk, ect......usually in birtday party.......
but since Deddy present the new style of magic (mentalism combine with close up and street magic) art of Magic in Indonesia has an Upgrading level......
he's also the creator of free will.
so, all the mgician in Indonesia should say "thank you" to Deddy Corbuzier.....

that's all my opinion

Regads,

Miraclemakers (van)
Message: Posted by: Tom Fenton (Aug 30, 2008 06:53PM)
Has anyone mentioned John Carney?
Message: Posted by: Hayre (Sep 24, 2008 11:00AM)
Shimada (over Channing Pollock because he had three or four great acts - not just one)
Message: Posted by: Bill Rubie (Sep 30, 2008 10:28PM)
Tommy Wonder and George Wiesensel
Message: Posted by: Matt Watts (Oct 25, 2008 06:32PM)
Jeff McBride....
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 28, 2008 12:50AM)
Fred Kapps