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4th Sep '17 5:12:44 PM TheCuza
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* On ''Series/CornerGas'', Hank's talent show act was supposed to be this, but due to his watch displaying the wrong date, he ended up stuck at the talent show with no props, forcing him to mime his act and describe what ''would'' have happened had the props been there. [[spoiler:He won. All the other acts were just that bad]].
23rd Aug '17 2:44:30 AM PaulA
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* Mercedes Lackey's Literature/ElementalMasters novel ''Reserved for the Cat'' featured a Fire Master (i.e., a mage) who spent his career being a very good stage magician. He did occasionally use 'real magic' in his performances. Also in the series, the book ''Steadfast'' had an Air Magician who was also a stage magician and used Air Elementals to help him in his act.

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* Mercedes Lackey's Literature/ElementalMasters novel ''Reserved for the Cat'' featured novels:
** ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'' features
a Fire Master (i.e., a mage) who spent spends his career being a very good stage magician. He did does occasionally use 'real magic' in his performances. Also in the series, the book ''Steadfast'' had performances.
** ''Literature/{{Steadfast}}'' has
an Air Magician who was is also a stage magician and used uses Air Elementals to help him in his act.
14th Aug '17 7:27:59 PM KACofNN
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7th Jun '17 9:34:04 PM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Both Kaeloo and Stumpy wear top hats and use wands to do magic tricks onstage in Episode 5. Kaeloo ,anages to pull a bouquet of flowers from a hat and pull out a bunch of multicolored handkerchiefs as well. Stumpy's act fails because he didn't have any tricks and thought magic was real.
* Ace Cooper from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagician'' is one. However, he's also fits MagiciansAreWizards

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Both Kaeloo and Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat wear top hats and use wands to do magic tricks onstage in Episode 5. Kaeloo ,anages manages to pull a bouquet of flowers from a hat and pull out a bunch of multicolored handkerchiefs as well. Stumpy's act fails because he didn't have any tricks and thought magic was real.
real. [[AxCrazy Mr. Cat]]'s act consists of using [[NighInvulnerable Quack Quack the indestructible duck]] as an assistant and [[SawAWomanInHalf sawing him in half]] [[TheyKilledKennyAgain for real.]]
* Ace Cooper from ''WesternAnimation/TheMagician'' is one. However, he's he also fits MagiciansAreWizards
31st May '17 5:14:30 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Both Kaeloo and Stumpy wear top hats and use wands to do magic tricks onstage in Episode 5. Kaeloo ,anages to pull a bouquet of flowers from a hat and pull out a bunch of multicolored handkerchiefs as well. Stumpy's act fails because he didn't have any tricks and thought magic was real.
14th May '17 2:32:19 AM PaulA
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* Jean Robert-Houdin was the originator of the trope, creating the Top Hat and Tails look described above back in the 1850's when it was the height of fashion. Houdini took his stage name from Houdin.

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* Jean Robert-Houdin was the originator of the trope, creating the Top Hat and Tails look described above back in the 1850's 1850s when it was the height of fashion. (He was reacting against the then-current trend of stage magicians wearing mystical robes, choosing to make a different statement by showing a man doing magic while dressed like an ordinary member of his audience--a statement recreated in later decades when other magicians rejected the Top Hat and Tails look and adopted the common dress of their own times.) Houdini took his stage name from Houdin.Robert-Houdin.
10th Apr '17 11:39:21 PM merotoker
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* Nicolas Cage's character from ''Film/{{Next}}''.

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* Nicolas Cage's Creator/NicolasCage's character from ''Film/{{Next}}''.



* In ''Film/{{Scoop}}'', Creator/WoodyAllen is "The Great Splendini".



* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', Goodgulf the Wizard loves to boast of his magical powers, but only proves capable of pulling off clichéd stage magic tricks that seem to do more to annoy witnesses than fool them.



* The Weasley Twins in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' have shades of this, using their magical ability to develop tricks for pranksters, being grade-A pranksters themselves. In one book, they use this trope as a cover to impress a local village girl, who thinks that their tricks are "almost like real magic". They actually open their own joke shop later on in the series. The Marauders, their inspiration, may have also been like this.
** Funnily, their joke shop also does steady, if not exactly booming, business in selling Muggle stage magic props to wizards.

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* The Weasley Twins in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' have shades of this, using their magical ability to develop tricks for pranksters, being grade-A pranksters themselves. In one book, they use this trope as a cover to impress a local village girl, who thinks that their tricks are "almost like real magic". They actually open their own joke shop later on in the series. The Marauders, their inspiration, may have also been like this.
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this. Funnily, their joke shop also does steady, if not exactly booming, business in selling Muggle stage magic props to wizards.



* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', Goodgulf the Wizard loves to boast of his magical powers, but only proves capable of pulling off clichéd stage magic tricks that seem to do more to annoy witnesses than fool them.
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* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', Goodgulf the Wizard loves to boast of his magical powers, but only proves capable of pulling off clichéd stage magic tricks that seem to do more to annoy witnesses than fool them.
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* The 1970s {{ITV}} kids' show ''Series/AceOfWands'' featured a stage magician called Tarot who solved mysteries in his spare time. The show had a magic advisor, but most of the tricks depicted in the show were cheats using video effects.

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* The 1970s {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} kids' show ''Series/AceOfWands'' featured a stage magician called Tarot who solved mysteries in his spare time. The show had a magic advisor, but most of the tricks depicted in the show were cheats using video effects.



* Played with in an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' where a visiting uncle is revealed to be a "Wagician," a warlock who is also a professional stage magician without using actual magic. Apparently this is something of an embarrassment to Zelda who feels he's squandering his legitimate magical talent.



* Played with in an episode of SabrinaTheTeenageWitch where a visiting uncle is revealed to be a "Wagician," a warlock who is also a professional stage magician without using actual magic. Apparently this is something of an embarrassment to Zelda who feels he's squandering his legitimate magical talent.
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* Played with in an episode of SabrinaTheTeenageWitch where a visiting uncle is revealed to be a "Wagician," a warlock who is also a professional stage magician without using actual magic. Apparently this is something of an embarrassment to Zelda who feels he's squandering his legitimate magical talent.
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* The opening scene of ''Love Life'' has the central couple being performed upon by a magician, with Sam being levitated and Susan being [[SawAWomanInHalf sawed in two]].



* The opening scene of ''Love Life'' has the central couple being performed upon by a magician, with Sam being levitated and Susan being [[SawAWomanInHalf sawed in two]].

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* The opening scene of ''Love Life'' has the central couple being performed upon by a magician, with Sam being levitated and Susan being [[SawAWomanInHalf sawed in two]].



** "Welp, chalk another thing up on the [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/q1y0dc/stand-up-amazing-johnathan--money-illusion list of 'Shit I can't do']]." [[TheLongList The list is at least 80 items long]], and includes such gems as "Know how many states there are" twice, "Bring a woman to orgasm", and "Shower".

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** "Welp, chalk another thing up on the [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/q1y0dc/stand-up-amazing-johnathan--money-illusion list of 'Shit I can't do']]." [[TheLongList [[LongList The list is at least 80 items long]], and includes such gems as "Know how many states there are" twice, "Bring a woman to orgasm", and "Shower".



* Ricky Jay has performed card magic on stage in an acclaimed show titled "Ricky Jay and his 52 assistants"
* Siegfried (Fischbacher) and Roy (Horn) got their start in UsefulNotes/LasVegas as a supporting act in showgirl revues in TheSeventies, but eventually headlined their own shows, the biggest of which ran at the groundbreaking Mirage Hotel and Casino from 1989-2003. They were famous for using huge setpieces and exotic animals in their acts; infamously it was Roy being mauled by one of their white tigers during a performance that ended their stage careers. Their flamboyance made them by far the most frequently parodied modern magicians during their run, subsequently replaced by:

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* Ricky Jay has performed card magic on stage in an acclaimed show titled "Ricky Jay and his 52 assistants"
assistants".
* Siegfried (Fischbacher) and Roy (Horn) got their start in UsefulNotes/LasVegas as a supporting act in showgirl revues in TheSeventies, but eventually headlined their own shows, the biggest of which ran at the groundbreaking Mirage Hotel and Casino from 1989-2003. They were famous for using huge setpieces and exotic animals in their acts; infamously it was Roy being mauled by one of their white tigers during a performance that ended their stage careers. Their flamboyance made them by far the most frequently parodied modern magicians during their run, subsequently replaced by:run.
17th Mar '17 3:40:34 PM VicGeorge2011
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* [[ComicBook/Shazam Billy Batson's]] great-uncle Dudley is a stage magician in ''ComicBook/ShazamTheNewBeginning''.

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* [[ComicBook/Shazam [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Billy Batson's]] great-uncle Dudley is a stage magician in ''ComicBook/ShazamTheNewBeginning''.
17th Mar '17 3:39:35 PM VicGeorge2011
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* [[ComicBook/Shazam Billy Batson's]] great-uncle Dudley is a stage magician in ''ComicBook/ShazamTheNewBeginning''.
14th Feb '17 7:34:18 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', Goodgulf the Wizard loves to boast of his magical powers, but only proves capable of pulling off clichéd stage magic tricks that seem to do more to annoy witnesses than fool them.
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