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Yaniv Deautsch
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God,Superman and Ian Rowland.
GeorgeG
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My early years in magic:
John Scarne
Ed Marlo
Harry Lorayne

Admiration for their craftsmanship and inventiveness:
Alan Warner
Richard Gerlitz
Lynn Johnson
Eddy Taytelbaum
Michaels
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My father, my son and GOD. The only true magician of the three is GOD.
Corny, but true.
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Jonathan Townsend
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role models in magic:

Doug Henning for attitude about wonder
John Ramsay for routine construction
Fred Kaps for presentation
...to all the coins I've dropped here
Michaels
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Magicians-
Tom Mullica- IMO probably one of the most entertaining and skilled close up magicians to ever live.

Larry Davidson-
Even though Larry and I became pro at around the same time, I've always respected him for his tenacity for perfection in both the method and presentation of an effect.
"Our technology is ahead of our humanity"
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Up until recently Penn and Teller and Harry Anderson were my biggest role models. That is until I saw the Tommy Wonder DVD's.
So now my Role Models are
#1 Penn and Teller for their irreverent style of magic
#2 Tommy Wonder for his sheer brilliance in routine design and direction of attention
#3 Harry Anderson cause he's jist plain cool.
#4 Mark Wilson and Nanni Darnel for making it all possible
"America's Foremost Satirical Magician" -- Jeff McBride.
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Elvis, obviously.

Oh, you mean in the mystery biz? The list is long, but Burger and Maven are at the top.

Others: Serling. Hitchcock. Gomez Addams.
Creator of The Xpert (20 PAGES of reviews!) and the Hands-Off Multiple ESP System ("Quality and design far exceed any ESP cards on the market"-Genii), and contributor to the ebook GOLD: When It HAS To Be Performance GOLD -- all at Penguin.
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My role models in magic:

Jeff McBride
Eugene Burger
Jamy Ian Swiss
Marca Tendo
Shimada
Jason Wethington
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In Magic, My mentor Artie Kidwell. He taught me magic isn't about moves.
In life Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
That bird helped me through a very tough time in my life. Whenever I feel down I get that book out read it over a nice cup of Earl Grey tea. I always feel like new afterward.
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Seeems like we're getting a mix of idol, role model, and greatest influence...not necessarily the same thing.

Role models and idols - in this case the same people: Paul Gertner and Tommy Wonder
Polished, classy presentations with the greatest attention to detail in the field.

Greatest influences: Larry Davidson - Also great attention to detail and the quickest study I ever saw.

Martin Elz - I barely knew Mr. Elz but traveled to his magic shop in St. Petersburg, FL, an hour and a half away to see what magic was all about. He told me to work with coins (everybody does cards!), sold me a Rings N Things Okito box and told me to join the IBM, signing my paperwork. I never saw him again. I'm still working on coins 29 years later.

Bob Kohler: Showed me his shell game routine, later The Golden Shells, years before it came out. Started my interest in the game that continues to this day with my nickname here.

Thanks for the question.
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I wouldn't exactly call them my "role models," but I've been very inspired over the years by such creative giants as Stewart James and Phil Goldstein. I'm in awe of those who have found ways to create magical wonders other than by brute force.

Eugene Burger has had the most productive influence on my personal improvement in my chosen branch of the art, performance-wise.

As far as performers are concerned, I'd put Max Maven and Derren Brown at the top of my list of whose work I respect the most.

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In no specific order.

Steve Johnson (owner and proprietor of Grand Illusions magic in Sacramento, CA)--he showed me the first killer card trick I ever witnessed close-up: Hustler's Monte. That did it for me. I consider him a friend.

Doug Henning-toothy wonder at its best.

Bill Bixby-most will get this one.

Mark Wilson-trailblazer and workhorse

Darwin Ortiz-Hitchcock Aces, nuff said.

Ricky Jay-pedantics and wit, skillfully grafted.

Mark Twain--The Innocents Abroad.

Paul Harris--he reset my thinking as well.

Tommy Wonder--good grief, I'm a new man--with one less cup.

Bill Malone--tried and true entertainer, top flight.

Actually, my list is longer than Liz Taylor's prenuptial agreement, so I will stop at terrestrial depths now.
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In order of appearance (in the sense of my becoming aware of their work).

Daryl
Phil Goldstein
Eugene Burger
Spalding Grey
Tommy Wonder
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My professional magician role models would have to be
Paul Harris
Gregory Wilson
Jeff McBride
Lennart Green
Micheal Ammar
and others
A personal role model of mine is a good friend. He has been an inspiration as well as motivation to me since I first started out in magic. I owe a lot to this guy! Thanks a million buddy!
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In no special order:

David Copperfield
Jeff McBride
Mark Wilson
Michael Ammar
Lance Burton
Mac King
Eugene Burger
Max Maven
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David Copperfield all the way. If anyone talks crap about him, I will find out where you live........joking. Come on, give the man some credit, he has only helped the art.

Copperfield, now that's a rolemodel.

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Peter Marucci has made me re-evaluate my magic personality - thank you Peter.
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Doug Henning, if you take away the TM.
Neale Bacon
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Some of mine have been mentioned like Doug Henning for his sense of wonder, and Red Skelton for his good clean humour.

I also like Martin A Nash for his smoothness, Harry Anderson for the patter style but I have one you all have never heard of...

A men named Ben Biro who lived in my town when I was growing up and was patient enough to teach me, watch me but also to encourage me. He also told me stories of his days on the road both on his own and working as an assistant for Howard Thurston.

We all have that first magic encourager and he was mine.

For the rest of my life...my role model is my Saviour Jesus Christ (thus endeth the sermon) Smile
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