Magic is an art that creates a spell over people watching it. As a kid, most of us usually thought that magic is some sort of paranormal power a person has. It was only when we grew up that we realized that it is mere deception. But no matter what, people of every age love to watch magic tricks as it leaves them astonished as well as confused about how a person can perform such art with such precision and ease.
I mean obviously it is not at all easy to watch a person being cut and still be alive. Some of the most famous magicians in the world are known for performing amazing tricks and illusions. There are hundreds of mystifying performers who can confuse you with their tricks.
Magic is a fascinating form of entertainment as humans are always attracted to secrets. In the first instance, it appears to be something supernatural instead of art learned. What makes one’s magician different from the other is the imagination, creativity and precision and flair with which they keep the audience glued to their act. We have created a list of top 5 famous magicians in history for you. Read on to know who are they and what made one different from the other.
- Harry Houdini
Born in Hungary on 24th March 1874, Harry Houdini was an American illusionist and a stunt performer, who was famous for his escape acts. Anyone who loves magic and is passionate about it must have surely heard about Houdini. He was believed to have escaped under any situation. His most famous act was the one where he tried to escape special handcuffs that were commissioned by London’s Daily Mirror and left the audience in suspense for an hour.
He was trained both as an actor and a pilot and has also served as the President of the Society of American Magicians. The ‘Milk Can Escape’ is another famous act performed by him.
Houdini passed away on October 31, 1926.
- David Blaine:
Born on 4th April 1973 David Blaine White is an American magician who is popular for his endurance feats and is an extreme performer.
He is best known for some of his high-profile endurance feats and has broken a number of world records. He developed his interest in magic at a young age of 4 when he saw a magician performing at the subway.
According to the New York Times, he is believed to be an artist who took up the 100 years old art and created something unique and fresh out of it.
Some of his popular acts include Street Magic and Magic Man, Buried Alive, Frozen in Time, Mysterious Stranger, drowned Alive and many more.
- David Copperfield:
One of the best magicians of all time David Seth Kotkin is professionally known as David Copperfield. Born on September 16, 1956, he is an American magician. He was described as the most commercially successful magician by Forbes and has won 21 Emmy Awards out of a total of 38 nominations.
He has made a total of 11 Guinness World Records and has been named ‘Living Legend’ by the US Library of Congress. The Society of American Magicians has awarded him as the ‘Magician of the Century’ and ‘King of Magic’.
Up till now, he has sold over tickets worth 4 billion dollars which is way more than any other solo entertainer in the world. David started Project Magic, which is a charitable program. It uses sleight-of-hands and is used to rehabilitate disabled patients.
- Criss Angel
Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos uses Criss Angel as his stage name in an American illusionist who was born on December 19, 1967, in Greek.
He is the only magician who holds the record of being on primetime television for hours.
The International Magicians Society named Angel Magician of the Decade in 2009 and the Magician of the Century in 2010. He has also performed as the lead singer for the industrial band Angeldust and has also written a book named Mindfreak: Secret Revelations.
His first television appearance was in the year 1994 as a part of the ABC primetime special named Secrets. He has won the Magician of the Year award in the year 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 from the International Magician Society.
Dynamo is the stage name of famous magician Steven Frayne who was born on 17th December 1982. He is an English magician and is the youngest magician in this famous magician’s names list. He was suffering from Crohn’s disease which resulted in his small stature. he started performing magic so that other children did not make fun of him anymore.
Dynamo has won the Best Entertainment Programme award in 2012 and 2013 for his television show named Dynamo: Magician Impossible which ran from July 2011 to September 2014. He is popular for his card tricks and has a massive fan base. The secret behind his tricks is that he performs them when the audience is blinking their eyes or is not paying attention, due to which the trick goes unnoticed.
His famous tricks include walking on water where he is seen walking across River Thames. The other tricks performed by him include Song Prediction, Coin in Ice and Money Change.
He has also written many books that talk about his upbringing, his personal life, how he took up magic and his relationship with the art. His debut book Nothing is Impossible: My Story became a Sunday Times Bestseller. Dynamo is also known for the charities done by him throughout his career. He has worked with Theirworld which helps promote the education of Syrian refugee children.
He was promoted to Associate of the Magic Circle for his performance in the year 2012 by the magicians’ society The Magic Circle. In the year 2015, he received the AMA Magician of the Year award presented by The Academy of Magical Arts.