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Best Magicians Ever

After performing thousands of magic shows as well as much international travel performing and watching illusion shows and magic contests around the world, we are quite knowledgeable about performing magic and magical history. Nonetheless, we wanted to give you a magic historian's perspective of The Top Magicians of All Time. So we asked a friend and Ph.D. to share his perspective. Will's dissertation is on the impact of new technologies on magic during the Belle Epoque in France and is a specialist in magic and theater history. Read on...

The 10 Greatest Magicians of All Time

by Dr. Will Given
University of California, San Diego

It takes quite a bit to make it onto The Top 10 Magicians of All Time list. Here you will find those individuals who have helped shape the field of magic. Some of these magicians have elevated the art form to new levels. Some are innovators. Some were masters of self-promotion. The fact is though, without any of these performers, magic would have taken a much different trajectory. Here is my list of The Top 10 Magicians of All Time:

Honorable Mention

How did we do? Did your favorite magician make the list? There are so many amazing performers who make magic such a rich and vibrant art. What about Chung Ling Soo? Penn & Teller? Blackstone? Write us. We would love to hear who would be on your top ten list of best magicians ever!