Famous Magicians

Sunday, October 2 by Ed Mulero

Famous magicians have always captured the hearts and imaginations of kids in every audience as they dazzle with their illusions. The world loves a good magician that can perform death-defying feats as well as quick slights of hand. The most famous amongst them push the boundaries of their craft while increasing their life insurance premium.

David Copperfield.

"Forbes" magazine listed him as one of the most successful magicians of all time in 2006. David Copperfield's grand illusions range from making the Statue of Liberty disappear to walking through the Great Wall of China. As a young magician, he did an acting stint in the horror movie "Terror Train" with Jamie Lee Curtis before doing TV specials like "The Magic of David Copperfield: The Explosive Encounter." His love life became more interesting than his magic shows when he was engaged to the famous model Claudia Schiffer for six years.

David Blaine.

The magician performs amazing tricks on the street in front of regular people from New York to San Francisco. David Blaine worked on a movie as a priest in "Mister Lonely" and a TV special, "Ellen's Bigger, Longer & Wider Show." David Blaine's famous clientele include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Clinton, and Robert DeNiro.

Criss Angel.

The young magician rose in popularity with his own A&E TV show, "Criss Angel Mindfreak," where he performed extreme bits of magic. His famous stunts featured Criss lying on a bed of broken glass with a steamroller and walking on water. The enigmatic magician took time out of his busy schedule to do a role on the popular TV series "CSI: NY" and a commercial for Orville Redenbacher Popcorn. His greatest trick was the disappearance of his relationship with former Playboy Playmate and Hugh Hefner girlfriend, Holly Madison.

Penn and Teller.

The dynamic duo of magicians are known for their wisecracking antics as much as their illusions and tricks on stage and TV. They went on to make numerous guest appearances such as "The Drew Carey Show," "Babylon 5," and "The Simpsons." Their cable program titled "Bullsh*t!" tried to debunk numerous phenomenon such as alie abduction, ESP and alternative medicine. 

Harry Anderson.

The magician turned actor has lived to perform magic both onstage and in front of the camera. Harry Anderson's quick wit was on full display in the TV series, "Night Court," with John Larroquette and Richard Moll. When not playing judge, he has done other TV acting work such as "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" and "Son of the Beach."

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