Like the rest of the world, the art of magic is changing with social media and YouTube. And there’s the decline in brick and mortar magic shops and struggling magic clubs. But there are artists who are evolving with the changes and even pioneering how magic is presented in our age.
The following 9 artists are entertainers who have thrived and played key roles in redefining magic entertainment.
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Copperfield is the highest profile magician of our era. While he’s got lots of material that he’s perfected over the years, he is always bringing out new and innovative magic. A visit to his show is always an entertaining experience.
This American illusionist was described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. He has sold millions of tickets and earned billions of dollars - more than any other solo entertainer in history.
When not performing in Las Vegas,... Copperfield manages his chain of 11 resort islands in the Bahamas, which he calls "Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay".
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Penn & Teller are American magicians and entertainers who have been working together since the late 1970s. They are most well-known for their act that combines comedy with magic. The pair has been featured in many stage and television shows and currently headline in Las Vegas at The Rio.
Penn serves as the act's orator but Teller generally does not speak while performing and instead communicates through mime.
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Criss Angel is an American magician and illusionist. Angel started out in New York City and now works in Las Vegas. He is known for starring in the television and stage show Criss Angel Mindfreak and his previous live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. He also had a main role in the television series Believe on Spike TV, the television show Phenomenon, and the 2014 stage show Criss Angel Magicjam.
Angel holds numerous world records... made during his magic performances and was named Magician of the Decade in 2009 and Magician of the Century in 2010 by the International Magicians Society.
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Mat Franco is an American magician and the winner of the ninth season of America's Got Talent. Franco rose above tens of thousands of acts to become the first and only magician in history to win the television show, which earned him $1 million. Franco's TV specials marked the first time NBC produced a spin-off show around their AGT winner. Franco is currently headlining in Las Vegas.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Extremely popular in Asia and well known in the United States, this YouTube and television star is always reinventing and innovating. He’s charismatic and fun to watch.
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This magician maintains a high media profile and he’s got a host of fantastic television performances under his belt.
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Along with his Wizard Wars television series, Flom’s career has soared with his ability to create a presence on social media and publish entertaining videos that go viral. Here’s another magician who will increase his mainstream presence.
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DynamoWith his “Magician Impossible” television show, Dynamo has become a star in Europe and he’s announced a world tour in 2015.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Jeff McBrideThe most influential teacher in the world of magic - many prominent magicians have trained in his “Mystery School” - McBride is magic’s master and always worth following and watching.