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Copperfield (give the man credit, he does magic very well) [the idol]

Johnny Ace Palmer (motivator mostly)

David Acer and Richard Sanders (those two.. Smile )
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Michael Ammar, Johnny Ace Palmer! Two of the great ones!
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For the word role model specifically, I think one has to take the whole of the person. Unlike the word "Idol" which you can idolize someone who is a jerk, I don't think you can do that with a role model.

So I vote for
Eugene Burger.
I met Eugene when I was sixteen years old and he was as nice and understanding as you could possibly ask for and I have never heard anything different.

Eugene over the years has shown his interest in truly helping magicians with the things that are important and it has payed off for him.

So thanks Eugene

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Those who have influenced me over the years are as follows:

Ormand McGill

Milton H Erickson

Eugene Burger

David Blaine

Derren Brown

Henning Nelms

Richard Busch

Matt Schulien

Karl Fulves

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First and foremost Eugene Burger.

Jeff McBride
Jeff Sheridan
Dai Vernon
Doug Henning

I could go on forever probably. I'll stop here.

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I'd have to go with...

Eugene Burger
Docc Hilford
Gene Poinc
Christian Chelman

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Well, I was going to limit it to one, but since everyone else has a nice list going . . .

If it had to be just one, definitely Thomas Nelson Downs. Dai Vernon told a story one time about T. Downs doing a trick with three matchsticks for an entire circus crowd and capturing their interest with it, while there were people riding elephants and jumping through fiery hoops and all that stuff all around him. Now that's that you call showmanship. Plus, he did coin magic mostly, which is what I've always wanted to do. But moving right along -

Robert Neale, just for his out-of-this-world zany presentations. Pure genius.

And . . . you knew it was coming . . . Garth Brooks. He's just a great entertainer all around. He creates magic for his audiences with music.

And since some people went way out in left field, I will too . . . Ambrose Bierce - his stories were direct and to the point, never wasting a single word. I just feel like magic should be like that. David Copperfield is good at that, I think. I would list him as a role model, but I could never hope to obtain half his level of magical-ness, so . . . nah . . .

If you don't want to read the rambling comments:

Thomas Nelson Downs

Robert E. Neale

Garth Brooks

Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Bierce?
Wow! I'm impressed!
Not that you chose him as a role model but that the brilliant author of The Devil's Dictionary (among other books) is still remembered today.
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Only two, one magical and one not, representing my two major interests:

Harry Houdini, ever since I saw that Tony Curtis movie when my age wasn't even double digits.

Bruce Lee, as long as I can remember.

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Steve Varro, one of the finest men and magicians I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
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David Copperfield - after finding out he was only a few months older than me (way back when we were both 18), he inspired me to start performing.

Harry Blackstone Jr. - I had the chance to meet the man after one of his shows. There was no reason that someone of his stature needed to meet with someone like me, yet he did, and he was gracious. He was probably the nicest person I've met in magic.

Doug Henning - His style and breakthrough magic (that is, it wasn't being done by an older guy in a tux) was breathtaking when he hit the scene.

Leola LaWain - she and her husband Jack toured with Thurston and Nicola and then settled 15 miles from my home to open a magic shop in theirs. An amazing woman with more stories than a library.

Red Skelton - He gave me some advice when I was first starting out - "Pretend that your grandmother is sitting in the front row. Keep your comedy clean."

Everyone I meet - my dad once told me, "Every man is your superior in that you might learn something from him." How come my dad keeps getting smarter as I get older?

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Ben Schwartz (taught me most of what I know)
John Carney
David Regal
Johnny Thompson
John Scarne
Tommy Nelson Downs
Dariel Fitzkee

I could say Dai Vernon, but then I would sound like an average Joe Schmoe magi.

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Influences eh?
Well, I've got a buddy who would come from out of town, Rick Anderson, and help me perfect my DLs. He's a great help and inspiration. I also admire Harry Lorayne's technique and charm. David Acer is by far the coolest, most informative and caring guy I know. He's kindled a spark in my mind from the very first time I met him. What a creative guy! There are many more but that ought to do it.
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William Brewe definetly.

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