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Dai Vernon

Dai Vernon (pronounced alternatively as DIE or as DAY as in David), aka The Professor, was a Canadian magician.

His expert sleight-of-hand technique and extensive knowledge garnered him respect among fellow magicians. His influence was considerable in the magic world, and he was a mentor to numerous famous magicians. He lived out his last years at the Magic Castle.

Watch the Roast for Dai Vernon – New York Magic Symposium (July 1987).

Learn more about Dai Vernon by visiting his official Wikipedia page.

Johnny Thompson

When John Thompson was 8 years old, he saw a riverboat gambler in a movie and decided he wanted to be a card cheat. His ...

Tommy Wonder

Tommy Wonder Magic Performance

Tommy Wonder developed an interest in conjuring at an early age. He studied acting, dancing and singing for three years at the Academie voor Podiumvorming ...

Fred Kaps

Fred Kaps magic performance

Fred Kaps was a Dutch magician, famous for being the only magician to become F.I.S.M. Grand Prix world champion three times. Watch these Phillipe Fialho's recordings ...

Jay Ose

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This was a promotional short for The Cincinnati Kid (1965) showcasing the card handling skills of gambler and magician Jay Ose. And yes, that's Joan ...

Suzy Wandas

Suzy Wandas cigarette manipulation

Suzy Wandas (1896 - July 12, 1986) was born Jean Van Dyk in Belgium to magicians Charles and Elizabeth Van Dyk. She became part of ...

David Williamson

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David Williamson is a comedy magician and master of closeup magic. His signature act involves "Rocky" a raccoon puppet that Williamson presents as a live ...

Dr. Hiroshi Sawa

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Dr. Hiroshi Sawa is one of Japan's most prolific magicians. When Dr. Sawa burst onto the magic scene back in the 1970s, he caused an ...

Vanni Pule

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Vanni Pule was one of Malta's most popular Magicians and Illusionists. For the last 35 years he dominated the stage, cabaret and television Magic ...

Ken Brooke

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Ken Brooke was a magic dealer, a skilled demonstrator and a magical consultant. Although his public recognition was not great, he had a profound influence ...

John Cornelius

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John Cornelius is one of the most creative magicians in the world and the first American to win a F.I.S.M. World Championship of Magic competition ...

Larry Jennings

Larry Jennings magic

Larry Jennings was one of the most influential magicians of the 21st century. History records that Wheatley saw Jennings perform his chop cup routine at The ...

Steve Fearson

Steve Fearson Magic

Today, Steve Fearson is recognized worldwide by his peers as one of the most creative minds in magic. Several of his marketed inventions have become ...

The Masked Magician

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Posted April 1st, 2010 We here at Magic Video Blog appreciate a good joke when we see it. The masked magician is that joke. He's provided ...

John Mendoza

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John Mendoza is a legendary figure in close-up magic and his books and manuscripts can be found in just about every magician's library. In addition ...

Fred Kaps

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Fred Kaps was a Dutch magician, famous for being the only magician to become F.I.S.M. Grand Prix world champion three times. Watch these Phillipe Fialho's recordings ...

Simon Drake

Simon Drake playing Russian Roulette

Simon Drake is best known for the innovative and shocking television series Secret Cabaret made for Britain's Channel 4. Here's his performance of Russian Roulette. ...

Jerry Andrus

Jerry Andrus magic

Jerry Andrus was many things - poet, philosopher, inventor, humanist, agnostic, magician; all these things and more. Jerry was mostly recognized as a magician and ...

Lennart Green


An international lecturer and FISM's 1991 World Close Up Champion of The World, Lennart Green is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lennart might have won FISM ...

Paul Potassy

paul potassy

Paul Potassy was born in 1923 in Austria. With over 66 years of performance under his belt, Paul has performed in over 44 countries. Not ...

Mandrake the Magician

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In 1939, Columbia produced a 12-part Mandrake the Magician, based on the King Features strip, starring Warren Hull as Mandrake and Al Kikume as Lothar. Watch ...

Larry Jennings


Born in 1933 in Detroit, Michigan Larry Jennings became one of the most influential magicians of the 21st century. Larry had seen magic and learnt ...

Ricky Jay

While Ricky Jay has long been considered one of the world's great sleight-of-hand artists, his career is further distinguished by the remarkable variety of his ...

Paul Daniels

Paul Daniels Magic Performance

Paul Daniels Magician (born 1938) is a UK magician from Middlesbrough. He achieved international fame from his long running television show, "The Paul Daniels Magic ...