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->"''Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it... because you're not really looking... You don't really want to know... You want to be fooled.''"
-->-- '''Cutter''', ''Film/ThePrestige''

You know them: they wear [[TuxedoAndMartini tuxedoes]], top hats, swishing satin capes, and fine white gloves. They flourish black batons with white tips, and brandish decks of cards, metal rings, rubber balls, paper cups and silk handkerchiefs. Their favorite words are "Abracadabra", "Hocus Pocus", "Presto (change-o)", "Voila", and "Alakazam!"

Using their nimble fingers, hidden devices and deliberate misdirection, they can PullARabbitOutOfMyHat, pull a dove from their sleeve, SawAWomanInHalf, and hypnotize hapless audience members or even [[DisappearingBox make them disappear]]! Sometimes they're also escape artists, able to get out of handcuffs and straitjackets and still find out what your card was. Some of them [[MagicianDetective solve crimes in their spare time]]. And maybe, just ''maybe'', some of them can do ''[[MagiciansAreWizards real magic]]''.

Almost AlwaysMale - at least, the person whose name is on the marquee. However, the [[LovelyAssistant assistants]] (almost AlwaysFemale) are also trained professionals.

For one of their most common tricks, see WhatHaveWeEar and PullARabbitOutOfMyHat. Woe betide anyone who tries to RummageFail through their possessions.

A skilled one will usually perform tricks that [[ImpossiblyAwesomeMagicTrick are impossible in real life]], which is handwaved by simply saying a magician never reveals his secret.

Of course, ''real'' illusionists usually don't fit ''any'' the stereotypes listed above, but since the magic community is, by nature, sorta close-knit, this is far from being a DiscreditedTrope.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* August 7 from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' was a former professional stage magician before becoming a straight-up [[RealityWarper reality warping]] Contractor and [=MI6=] operative. Humorously, and ''[[BlessedWithSuck cruelly]]'' given his past profession, the price for using his power is to give away the secrets of every magic trick he knows.
* Kaitou Kid from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' (as well as suspects or victims in various episodes).
* Joseph Joestar in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' uses stage magic tricks to supplement his superhuman martial arts.
* The main character in ''KaitouSaintTail'' as well as her father.
* ''MagicalStarMagicalEmi'' is about a young elementary school girl named Mai who is a CircusBrat but not a very good magician, who can transform into an OlderAlterEgo named Magical Emi who is a cool stage magician with a {{fanservice}}-providing version outfit of the standard Stage Magician outfit.
* One of the Characters of the Week of the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime was a (rather pathetic) stage magician named Melvin. One of the movies had another, more competant one named Butler.
* Yamada Naoko in ''Trick''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Arkana was a famous magician in the past, but lost his career after a botched trick ruined his face. His Dark Magician deck also features a lot of cards that resemble standard magician tricks.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* The main character from ''Jar Of Fools'', Ernie Weiss (based on Creator/HarryHoudini, whose real name was Ehric Weiss), and his mentor Al Floss (based on the actual magician named Al Floss).
** DC also had Mysto, a nonmagical crimesolving Stage Magician, very likely based on Mandrake.
* MandrakeTheMagician was the very first comic book superhero - he could do "real" magic as opposed to illusions - making this Older Than Superman (if there is such a category, and if not there should be).
** There were a bloody lot of these back in TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. The ones that survived complete to today are Mandrake, Zatara, Ibis the Invincible, and Sargon the Sorcerer. A few others get mentions in PublicDomainCharacter comics like ''Terra Obscura'' and ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers''.
* Alchemist or Magician Smurf fills this role in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book stories.
* One arc in ''{{Spawn}}'' had the title character encounter and work alongside Houdini, who is revealed to be an actual dimension-travelling mage using his show as a cover. Houdini teaches Spawn a few tricks about what his suit can do.
* Wim Magwit in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse comics.
* Moloch the Mystic from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.
* {{Zatanna}} from the {{DCU}} and her deceased father, Zatara. Both are [[MagiciansAreWizards real sorcerers pretending to be stage magicians.]] Zatanna in particular has considerable skill in standard sleight of hand in addition to her authentic mystical abilities, and she has quite a bit of fame and fortune stemming from her traditional performances in theaters and stadiums around the world.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* Abra-Kadabra from ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Manny the praying mantis on ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' is the magician on a bug circus. His LovelyAssistant is Gypsy, a gypsy moth.
* Celine, in ''CelineAndJulieGoBoating,'' and Julie tries her hand at it, too.
* The main character in ''Film/TheIllusionist'', with a powerful touch of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane.
* Most of the main characters in ''{{Magicians}}''.
* Nicolas Cage's character from ''Film/{{Next}}''.
* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' stars a team of four stage magicians dubbed The Four Horsemen, who use their acts to rob banks. At least two seem to have an area of expertise, with Merrit being a talented hypnotist/mentalist and Jack being more of a conman in his skillset (primarily sleight-of-hand).
* Both main characters in ''Film/ThePrestige''.
* One of main characters in ''Film/TerrorTrain'', played by David Copperfield.
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' himself, see below in Literature. His backstory is developed in the 2013 prequel ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The main character of ''Carter Beats the Devil''.
** Note: The character of Charles Carter is based on a real life magician of the same name.
* Reg Chronotis from Creator/DouglasAdams's ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' is one of these. But he tries taking one trick too far...
* The Guild of Conjurers in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. They are generally amateurs and are quite popular with the populace of Ankh-Morpork; magic's magic, but the idea that someone's making billiard balls appear ''without'' doing magic is something else. Wizards, of course, hate them.
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden's]] father.
* 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.
* The mystery of Mr. Todhunter, in the Literature/FatherBrown story "The Absence of Mr Glass", is explained by his being a stage magician.
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Aziraphale]] in ''Literature/GoodOmens''. He certainly could do "real magic" if he wanted, but he much prefers prestidigitation, despite how awful he is at it.
* 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.
* The conjuror in Creator/GKChesterton's ''Magic''
* Many of the characters in ''Literature/TheNightCircus'', particularly Prospero and his protege Celia.
* Alistair [=MacKinnon=] in ''[[Literature/SallyLockhart The Shadow in the North]]''.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' himself, [[ItWasHisSled as everyone knows by now,]] was not a wizard at all, but a stage magician flung by a tornado into a MagicalLand, where through clever use of stage magic he was able to convince the denizens he was a powerful wizard.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The 1970s {{ITV}} kids' show ''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.
* GOB Bluth on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' has featured magicians twice, as the murderer in "Now You See Him..." and as the victim in "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine."
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and ''{{CSI NY}}'' both had episodes with magician suspects. 'Abra Cadaver' on the original and 'Sleight Out Of Hand' with Criss Angel on ''CSI NY''.
* "The Great Montarro" from ''FridayThe13thTheSeries''.
* The patient in the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "You Don't Want to Know" is a stage magician.
** The same actor was the murderer of the week in ''Series/{{Monk}}'' also as a magician
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Barney frequently uses magic to try to impress girls, and has vintage magic posters in his apartment. In real life NeilPatrickHarris is president of the Magic Circle, and an accomplished magician.
* Adam Klaus, Jonathan's boss from ''Series/JonathanCreek''.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' had an episode that featured stage magic.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' features Nathan masquerading as a stage magician at a corporate event whilst the team pull off a heist.
* ''The Magician'', a TV series staring Creator/BillBixby as stage illusionist Anthony "Tony" Blake, who used his skills to solve crimes.
* On ''PushingDaisies'', Ned's half-brothers and their mentor, the Great Hermann.
* Occasionally ''SesameStreet'' would feature The Amazing Mumford, for whom Grover was always eager to be the audience volunteer. Sometimes Mumford's tricks would have an educational bent (for example, when he subtracted pineapples), sometimes they were just gags. On one occasion Grover came to watch, but there was no show—Mumford was just practicing. Mumford didn't get the trick right, but Grover did get a hop and a skip for his exit.
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Criss Angel is a Douchebag" features several.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Similarly, ''Pinball/PinballMagic'' has the player proving his magic skills before Matra Magna and her panel of mystics and magicians.
* ''Pinball/TheatreOfMagic'' casts the player as a (female) Stage Magician performing before an unseen audience.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* "Blackstone the Magic Detective", a radio series telling the (fictional) adventures of Harry Blackstone, famous stage magician of the day, solving mysteries.
* ''ChanduTheMagician'', a 1930s radio series that also got made into a movie serial.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The 1975 ''It's Magic! Magic! Magic! Game" by Remco have the players in this role. They must perform with their LovelyAssistant the classic Levitation, SawAWomanInHalf, and the DisappearingBox illusions.
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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]
* In both ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' and ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', certain magic-users are presented as using stage magic as a cover story. Magic in this setting is made more dangerous by mortals perceiving it, an effect called Disbelief, but it is possible to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve suspend Disbelief by masking it]]. (This won't work with the really flashy stuff like lightning bolts.)
* Several characters in ''MutantsAndMasterminds''' ''FreedomCity'' setting sport this as their profession, including yet another example of an "Abra-cadaver". All have real magic in addition to their stage magic.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' in Magical Mystery Tour from Challenge 63 the player characters are supposed to escort and help a stage magician out-magic a warmongering shaman.
* A ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article about adding magic to ''TabletopGame/{{Alternity}}'' included sleight of hand as one option, with the note that in high-tech settings like ''TabletopGame/StarDrive'', misdirection and illusion could be ''really'' convincing. A sample adventure involves a stage magician on an interstellar cruise ship, who is killed by one of his own illusions.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The Magician (Nika Magadoff) in ''Theatre/TheConsul''.
* The Wizard in ''OnceUponAMattress'', who used to perform under the stage name Candamon (but [[DoNotCallMePaul doesn't want anyone to call him that any more]]).
* Zark, the protagonist in Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Zarkana}}'', is this and falls under MagiciansAreWizards, but the backstory establishes that he lost his powers when he lost his sweetheart. The show follows his journey into a MagicalLand to regain both.
* 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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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Troupe Gramarye, a troupe of stage magicians play an important part in ''Apollo Justice VisualNovel/AceAttorney'', Apollo's boss/sidekick Trucy is the youngest member and [[spoiler: successor to the troupe's magic.]].
** Max Galactica from earlier in the same series is also one.
* Carl Clover from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' dresses like this, and has several moves that involve [[{{Hammerspace}} pulling things out of thin air.]]
* Sam, the main character in ''VideoGame/GrayMatter'' is a Stage Magician in training and she really wants to become full fledged by joining the mysterious Daedalus Club. Her ability also plays a part in solving puzzles.
* One of VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s [[MegaManning powers]] in ''Kirby and the Amazing Mirror''. His moves include releasing doves, card-throwing and releasing a jack-in-the-box.
* This is how Magic Man of ''VideoGame/MegaMan and Bass'' is designed; he's set in a carnival, he looks like a stage magician crossed with a deck of cards, and he uses attacks that involve throwing cards or releasing birds (naturally, given the series, the protagonists can [[MegaManning copy the card throw]].)
* The Rank 4 boss in ''NoMoreHeroes'', Harvey Moisewich Volodarskii, is a professional magician who has a Siegfried/Roy accent and dresses like David Copperfield. He fights Travis at his show, and has a OneHitKill attack where he has his assistants lock Travis into an exploding box.
* One of the two OriginalGeneration protagonists of ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle'', Noel Kazamatsuri, calls herself as a "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment magical magician]]".
* ''The Magic Show'' is all about a [[{{ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin}} magic show]] performed by the main character, who can be male or female.
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* An arc of ''TheWotch'' featured a character who "cheated" by using real magic. He said he was actually helping true stage magicians by reinforcing the myth.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* One {{Family Guy}} cutaway had Peter performing magic on stage for the blind, in his usual outfit, but with a top hat and black cape.
--->'''Peter:''' Was it a red card?
--->'''Blind man:''' I don't know what red is.
--->'''Peter:''' Ta da!
** Real life magic shows for the blind have been performed, Peter was actually ahead of his time.
* One episode of ''{{Fillmore}}'' involved a missing robot dog that a junior magician made vanish at the school talent show. The ChaseScene got a lot more interesting when the suspect was using magic tricks to escape.
* The villain of ''FrostyTheSnowman''.
* {{Futurama}} episode 'Jurassic Bark' featured Bender practising stage magic. He attempts to saw Zoidberg in half, but Zoidberg exposes the trick.
--->'''Zoidberg:''' I was all in this half. It's magic!
--->'''Bender:''' You're not fit to wear Fry's leotard!
* Ace Cooper from ''TheMagician'' is one. However, he's also fits MagiciansAreWizards
* MickeyMouse played one in the ClassicDisneyShort ''Magician Mickey''. He gets heckled by DonaldDuck and HilarityEnsues when Mickey starts performing [[MagiciansAreWizards ever more implausible tricks]] at Don's expense.
* [[TheMagnificent The Great and Powerful Trixie]]’s profession from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Her Cutie Mark is even a MagicWand! Granted, genuine magic does exist in this world (and Trixie herself wields it), but few ponies make a ''magic act'' out of it. She backs it up with tools such as smoke bombs.
* Presto Digitagione of the Creator/{{Pixar}} short ''Presto'' is one of these, but with (presumably) much more talent at real magic since he's created two portals and hid them in his hats.
* Abra Cadaver, [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies the magical zombie]] on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!"
** "Again?"
* Several real life magicians have appeared on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' including Creator/PennAndTeller multiple times, fictional magicians have also appeared, most notably Gunter and Ernst, {{expies}} for Seigfreid and Roy, who were mauled by a tiger on the show, before it happened in real life.
** Both Bart and Lisa have pursued Magic as a hobby on the show.
* Malchior the Magnificent is this for ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', from whom Jokey wants to learn how to do stage magic.
* The Amazing Mumbo from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* Princess Tenko is this, and her animated counterpart in ''TenkoAndTheGuardiansOfTheMagic'' combines this with MagicalGirlWarrior.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* The Amazing Johnathan is a subversion of this whole image, he's dirty, he's fat, he's hairy, and all of his tricks usually [[StylisticSuck end up back firing spectacularly]]. He relies heavily on comedy magic. Sadly he's had to lighten his schedule owing to some cardiac problems.
** "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']]." [[OverlyLongList 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".
* TheAmazingRandi presents us with an interesting case: starting off as a stage magician, he eventually became a noted debunker of claimed PsychicPowers and other forms of charlatanry...frequently by performing the same feats as a stage magician, and explaining how it's done.
* Criss Angel (Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos). This magician with a rock and roll "bad boy" persona came to prominence at the TurnOfTheMillennium with his colorful stunts on the A&E show ''Series/CrissAngelMindfreak''. He launched a Las Vegas show co-produced by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil (''Theatre/CrissAngelBelieve'') in 2008.
* Dai Vernon -- one of the most legendary magicians to have been overshadowed by Houdini. In addition to inspiring many magicians and developing the most [[FollowTheLeader imitated cups and balls routine known to man]], Dai Vernon is credited with helping perfect a lot of sleight-of-hand techniques used by today's magicians. He is also known to have been the only man to ever outfox Houdini himself, earning himself the laconic description -- "The man who fooled Houdini."
* David Berglas was a british stage magician, escapologist and hypnotist during the 50's 60's 70's and 80's who featured in numerous european television shows and was an inspiration to Derren Brown.
* David Blaine formed his creative persona as a direct inversion of this kind of magic (hence his usual title, "street magician"). Increasingly, however, he has gained popularity for increasingly showy, increasingly public (and publicized) feats of magic, though the stunts are more endurance-based than typical illusions.
* David Copperfield became famous in TheEighties with [=TV=] specials that included such stunts as making the Statue of Liberty appear to vanish and escaping from Alcatraz. Probably the best-known traditional magician working now.
* Creator/DerrenBrown uses misdirection to exploit and explore facets of human psychology that make us vulnerable to deception. He often explains how he does his tricks as well to demonstrate that these flaws are natural and not as easy to overcome as we may think even if we consider ourselves GenreSavvy.
** Although much of what he does is classic magic tricks disguised as psychological tricks. One notable and easily proved example is when he convinced several bodybuilders that he could hypnotize them to convince them that they would be unable to lift a small woman that Derren was easily able to lift. In reality, she was simply shifting her center of gravity further back when the bodybuilders tried to lift her, it is much easier to pick someone up when they are standing right next to you as opposed to being further away.
* Dirk Arthur seems to have taken the animal act torch from Siegfried & Roy, but unlike them is very meticulous in making sure that the animals he works with on stage are properly trained (he's a very competent animal trainer and advocate for wildlife conservation). He's produced a documentary for the Discovery Channel in which he discusses the behind the scenes aspect of what it takes to keep the animals healthy, happy, and properly trained. Doesn't show how he does any tricks but he does show that each cat has their own personality.
** And while he doesn't explicitly say it, it's clear he has an emotional attachment to each cat, and while he says he thinks of them as colleagues, it's clear he thinks of them as [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming family]] as well.
* Doug Henning was a famous stylistic subversion of this kind of performer. Most famously, he rejected the tuxedo, top hat and clean shaven look cliche and opted to have more of a hippie day-glo look along with an earnest enthusiasm which help revitalized the magic show as a popular entertainment in the 1970s.
* Creator/HarryHoudini was, within the trade, admired for his preparation and command. A lot of his contemporaries thought he was out of his depth doing basic stage magic (basically everything he did had to be [[MundaneMadeAwesome made more awesome than it really was]]). Normal magicians pulled a dozen threaded needles out of their mouths to a small audience. Houdini would stretch the thread from one stage wing to the other. As one fellow magician said. "How did the audience see the needles? Houdini told them they were there."
* Howard Thurston was a stage magician during Houdini's time who was even more famous than Houdini. A recent biography of him is titled "The Last Greatest Magician in the world"
* {{Seinfeld}} star Jason Alexander is also an accomplished magician, among his many talents.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_Maskelyne Jasper Maskelyne]] claimed to have used stage magic as ''warfare'' during WorldWarII. He disguised [[RedHerring jeeps as tanks]] and [[AWolfInSheepsClothing tanks as trucks]]. He faked entire armies and navies. He faked an '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Bertram invasion]]'''. He could in fact be considered a key man behind Allied victory - As the war dragged on, the Allies realized that they would eventually lose Alexandria and the Suez Canal to German bombers, [[InstantWinCondition cutting off their oil supplies]]. '''''Maskelyne created a fake (night-lit)Alexandria three miles off-target and [[BlindedByTheLight masked the canal itself with a wheel of spinning light nine miles wide]].'''''
** ...That is, if you believe [[TheMunchausen him]] and not the official record or independent research.
* 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.
* Lance Burton, a Las Vegas favorite, is another traditional example who specializes in close-up magic (producing doves, cards, etc.).
** He's also done several TV specials in the late '90s and early '00s in which he points out that often it's not so much magic as science (of misdirection) but he's still quite a competent illusionist, and well respected in the field.
* Several years ago, there was a magician who seemed to be growing in popularity for a while and was known only as the Masked Magician, or something similar. Every year, he would have a television special, preforming death-defying illusions, until one year he finally unmasked himself on television and made it known who he really was.
** You're talking about ''Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed'' (Yes, that's the entire title) that was on Fox from 1997-98. The Masked Magician was revealed to be Val Valentino at the end. He was seen as a threat by many stage magicians at the time for breaking the long-standing taboo of NEVER revealing how to do a trick. Valentino countered with saying that he wanted to reinvigorate children's interest in magic by showing that even the most complex of illusions often had simple tricks to pulling them off as well as allowing the audience to marvel at the magician's showmanship more than trying to wrack their brains figuring out how he did it.
** It's now an ongoing series on the Biography Channel, with (presumably) a different magician behind the mask. For some reason, he ''really'' likes to undo David Blaine's tricks.
* Melinda Saxe, aka "Melinda First Lady of Magic" -- she was in fact the first female magician to headline on the [[VivaLasVegas Vegas strip]] -- took some flack because she looked like the LovelyAssistant, but still achieved a measure of national fame with her "Drill of Death" routine in the 1990s. She retired to raise a family, but has recently returned to performing.
* Neil Patrick Harris is not only a real magician, but also president of the Academy of Magical Arts, which has as its clubhouse the Magic Castle.
* You also have the Pendragons formerly an husband and wife team who called their work "physical grand illusion".
** There was an incident where Arthur Pendragon was severely injured during a rehearsal. An arrow that wasn't suppose to actually fired did and pierced him.
* Creator/PennAndTeller, who came to prominence in TheEighties, are a ''huge'' subversion — they cheerfully admit to stage magic being fakery to the point that they don't hesitate to show how some conventional tricks are performed. They also incorporate tons of comedy and social commentary into their shows.
** They often follow up said explanation with an even more elaborate or surprising illusion (which they don't explain) to close off an act and leave audiences wondering. One of their main aims is to make people think critically about events and acts that seem supernatural.
** One of Teller's best-regarded (at least by other magicians) routine is the Red Ball Trick. Penn quite visibly doesn't care for it, announcing at the start "he's got a thread" and storming off stage. The audience then spends the next several minutes trying in vain to spot the thread they've just been told is there; most people conclude the statement is a misdirection and the ball is controlled some other way. The reality (and the reason it's so impressive to other sleight-of-hand artists) is that Teller is just ''that good''.
* 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 Las Vegas 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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