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Magician and Escape Artist Harry Houdini

By present day standards, a magician is a person who employs tricks or illusions - routines and presentations - where supernatural feats seemingly occurs. The goal of a magician is to entertain an audience or group of spectators. A magician can be professional - making money as an entertainer - or an amateur or hobbyist. Magicians are also known as conjurors, prestidigitators and illusionists. Some magicians such as David Copperfield, Lance Burton, David Blaine, Criss Angel and Penn and Teller are very successful and well known among the general public. Perhaps arguably the best known entertainer of all time, was a magician. Harry Houdini, who died way back in the 1920s, is well known to this day.

”Magician” can also refer to a person or character who can accomplish supernatural feats through some unknown power. The use of magician in this context includes: wizards, sorcerers, mages, magi and more.

In Western culture, a person with a high degree of skill is often referred to as a “magician.” For example, “the accountant was a magician with the numbers,” or “The soccer player was a magician out on the field.”

Here are a series of resources about magicians:

Famous Magicians
Want to learn about the most famous magicians? You’ll find them here.

The Top Ten Magicians of Our Time
So who are the top ten magicians of our era? I attempt to create a list of the top ten and explain why.

The Ten Best Close-Up Magicians
Here’s another controversial story. I discuss the top ten close-up magicians in the world. It’s hard to be completely objective on this topic, but I do back up my claims.

Interviews With Famous Magicians
With my position here at Magic.About.com, I’ve had the opportunity to interview many famous magicians: Criss Angel, Steve Wyrick, Joaquin Ayala and more.

Famous Magicians in History
From Robert-Houdin to Houdini, the art of magic has a rich history. In this section, you can learn about great magicians throughout time.

Biography of Harry Potter
One of the most famous magicians of our time is the fictional boy wizard, Harry Potter.

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