By Preston Houer
One could enjoy watching magicians perform their amazing
tricks. Whether they are in a circus, in a school program, a
friend’s birthday celebration, or in a favorite television
show, magicians are among today’s top entertainers.
Here are a few of the top magicians in their times:
The history of using magic as a form of entertainment may have
begun with magician Chevalier Joseph Pinetti. More than three
centuries ago, Chevalier Joseph Pinetti, wowed his audiences
worldwide with his bag of magic tricks. And that was in 1782!
Among his tricks was the ability to produce an orange tree
blossoming on stage that bore fruit. Pinetti’s wife even acted
as an assistant, helping the magician to do his mentalist and
escape tricks. Known as the “Professor of Natural Magic,” he
was known for his great magic tricks, tricks that belonged
clearly to the modern era of magic.
Come the nineteenth century. The said century welcomed the use
of technical-assisted magic, with some of the magicians
developing various devices that would aid or help in their
illusions. Using optical aids or devices, electromagnets, as
well as various stage lighting forms, these magicians were
to amaze audiences from time to time with their very elaborate
and dazzling tricks.
One known magician in the nineteenth century was the magician
Hermann the Great. Alexander Herrmann was his real name, and
this German magician did his tricks with all of the kinds of
stage magic he had known, even from super close-up productions
to fill-stage events. An American rival, Harry Kellar, took
over Herrmann’s popularity for some time and became the most
prominent magician for more than 10 years.
Other magicians in the nineteenth century included T. Nelson
Downs and Howard Thurston. Downs is originally a vaudevillian
by trade, but had become great and famous in his magic tricks
that he became known as “King of Koins.”
Thurston, on the other hand, invested much of his money in
building an extravaganza, which is a show on magic. It reigned
over the American entertainment magic scene for over
Probably one of the more known magicians in recent times was
Harry Houdini. Known as one of the best American magicians, he
was known for his great escape acts, including his own famous
creation, the “Chinese Water Torture Cell.”
Another famous American magician is David Copperfield, who
until recently performed numerous magic acts in shows and TV
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