Monday, August 1, 2011

World's Greatest Magicians

P.C. Sorcar

This brilliant Bengali magician managed to make international waves even back in the 50s and 60s when he reached the zenith of his career. He had a special show called Indrajal, which was featured on television regularly. He came from a family that produced 7 generrations of magicians; yet, he was the only one to attain such great fame.

The Indian government conferred awards like the Padma Bhushan on him and he also won the Sphinx (The Oscar of Magic) in 1946 and 1954. He has left a truly lasting legacy in the form of 2 sons, PC. Sorkar Junior and PC. Sorkar Young, and the former even performed an illusion in which he made the Taj Mahal disappear for a few minutes

Lance Burton

This Kentucky born stage illusionist is one of the more well-known magical faces in the world today. He has performed for the likes of Queen Elizabeth and President Ronald Reagan to and his skills have made his Vegas show one of the longest-running acts on the Strip.

He performs a more traditional sort of magic, blending card tricks and stage illusions. He's won several awards and has even been hailed as the best magician in Las Vegas for ten years in a row by a group of critics. He's been performing for over 30 years now, and is a true veteran of magic

David Blaine

He's been entombed in ice and buried alive, he's spent 44 days in a glass box suspended hundreds of feet above the ground in London, and he's come close to setting the world record for holding his breath underwater--while being handcuffed and chained.

Blaine's an endurance artist first and a magician second, but his 'Street Magic', featuring close up card-tricks and other on-the-street stunts like levitation, is immensely popular as well. Blaine's been hailed as a modern-day Houdini and even other magicians acknowledge the immense contributions he's made to modern-day magic and escapology
Penn Teller

Penn & Teller are famous for their successful amalgamation of magic with comedy. While Penn is a raconteur, Teller remains silent and communicated only through gestures and facial expressions.

The result is a hit Las Vegas show that uses misdirection, the shock factor, and a great deal of irreverence to delight audiences. The two also have several hit TV shows to their credit

Siegfried Roy

Their very names are associated with the white lions and tigers that became central to their performances early on in their careers. These German-American performers, entertainers and magicians referred to themselves as SARMOTI (Siegfried and Roy, Masters of The Impossible).

Between 1990 and 2003, their show was among the most popular in Las Vegas. It, hoeever, came to a tragic end when Roy was attacked by one of the tigers while performing on stage. He underwent extensive surgery but was unable to return to the show. They were once the 9th highest paid US celebrities and even received their own star on Hollywood Boulevard
David Copperfield

This American Illusionist has been hailed as one of the most commercially successful magicians in the history of the world, having sold over 40 million tickets and grossed over 1 billion dollars in earnings.

While Copperfield has peformed the odd Houdini-style escape, he's famous for spectacular, large-scale illusions, like making the Statue of Liberty disappear, being cut in half with a giant saw, and walking through the Great Wall of China. He's been performing in Las Vegas for decades now with a hit show that even goes on world tours from time to time
Harry Houdini

Still renowned for being ‘The Greatest Magician Who Ever Lived’, his extreme acts of escape and public near-death experiences ensured that he could never be forgotten.

He was the master of escape, wriggling out of specially designer handcuffs and suspended straitjackets, managing to emerge after being handcuffed and locked in a large milk can and transparent glass box, and most famously, digging himself out after being 'buried alive' several feet below the ground. He was famous for pushing the envelope, and later confessed that he had come close to death on several occasions

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