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I am trying to do some research on magic and magicians and I just wanted to see who is their favourite magician. Doesn't have to be the best magician ever just the one who sticks in your mind. For instance mine has to be Paul Daniels... okay you may laugh but being brought up in the 80's he was probably the only magician publicly available in the UK then.
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If I listed my favorite(s), I'd feel like I left someone out. Some of my favorites are right here in the Café! Most, I've never seen perform, but have richly learned from, and been inspired by those such as, Mickey Silver, Jonathan Townsend, Michael Rubinstein, Curtis Kam, Dan Watkins (see what I mean?)...David Neighbors, Jim Canaday, gosh, I may as well list ALL of YOU!

I now own a book that I would NEVER have found in a bookstore or magic shop (Larry Barnowsky's "21st Century Coin Mechanics"), and it has sent my coin magic interest TO THE MOON! I am forever grateful for that...this Café is a collection of ALL my favorite magicians (some I do not KNOW of yet, LOL).

Now TV magicians...hmmm...David Copperfield comes to mind, but I don't consider him a "magician" as I do a great "performer". Lance Burton is another fave. Galina (from Russia) is the finest female performer I've seen (her levitation with the big ball is amazing, as is her Linking Ring routine).

I could not fairly pick "one" as a favorite, as all have a certain uniqueness of their own. John Carney and Michael Ammar, for example, or Greg Wilson and Daryl...all totally different personalities, but GREATS, in thier own style.

All in all...YOU...the Magic Café...YOU are my favorite magicians. I hope I live long enough to someday meet you in person!

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Well, I’d have to agree with Doug about listing them, I know I would leave someone out. But let me try and give a different answer…

I would have to list 2, the first would be the first magician I saw at a school assembly, I have no idea what his name was (after all it was over 40 years ago). My second one would be the last magician I saw who did a trick that made me smile (of course all watching almost anyone makes me smile).

I know that’s probably not the answer you were looking for, but it’s the best I have.

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Paul Daniels , David Blaine , Dai Vernon , Lance Burton , Larry Jennings , Michael Ammar and David Copperfield , Cardini
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No particular order
Currently performing: Mac King, Daryl Easton, Harry Lorrayne, Michael Ammar
Retired: Mark Wilson, Ali Bongo
Reposed: Blackstone, SR., Blackstone, Jr., Slydini, Dai Vernon, Jay Marshall
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It would have to be Lance Burton. He's from my hometown of Louisville, Ky. and he came back a couple of months ago for a show to benefit the Louisville Magic Club. Classy, likeable, and polished. Great with the kids too.

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Siegfried Fischbacher.

and Roy. Smile
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My old time favorites are:
Oroson Welles (if he was one)

My favorites today are:
Jay Sankey
Greg Wilson
Criss Angel
Ben Proudfoot Smile

Hmmmm... I cant think of any more, I will be back if I find some...
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Found some! I just looked up and jogged my memory.
-David Copperfield
-David Blaine (hes O.K.)
-Siegfried and Roy
-Dai Vernon
-Lance Burton
I think that's all folks! But really, all magcians are worth mentioning. I think...
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Eugene Burger.He is just such a GOOD magician and his theory really hits my magic hard.

I LOVE Penn and Teller most of the time.

Aside from that, I guess I am my favorite magician.(sorry if it sounds cocky.)
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My all time favorite magicians are
2.Criss Angel
3.Cyril Takayama
4.David Copperfeild
5.Lance Burton
also I think wayne houchin has very fresh and new ideas for magic.Smile
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Dick Williams. I grew up watching Magicland every Sunday morning and he was the first magician I ever saw. Magicland hosted by Dick holds the world record for the longest continuously running magic themed TV show.
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Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven." - Chuang Tse
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If I could only pick one,he helped me a lot "AL FLOSSO" and of course Gazzo would be another,but then again what do I know ?
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Ted Karmilovich!
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Well, to go by performances I have seen, I would go with Whit Haydn, Glen Bishop, Rene Levand(all electronically) and Dave Ettl (Local).

Not to knock the previous mentioned guys who were awesome, but I haven't seen many that aren't on an instructional DVD.
Magic is doing improbable things with odd items that, under normal circumstances, would be unnessecary and quite often undesirable.
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Penn and Teller are pretty good as well.
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Penn and teller have hilarious specials. I always watch them, but they do more pranks than magic though.Smile
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I would have to say Copperfield, just because his performances always embody so many different types of magic, just all around the best magician.
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For me it have to be Michael Ammar..amazing teacher of magic..he is the best after dai vernon!
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