Any character who is not normally a magician, but is putting on a magic show, will use a stage name formed by taking their name and appending "-ini". Often they'll prefix "The Great", as well.

Obviously the inspiration for these names is Creator/HarryHoudini, who himself based his stage name on French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, or possibly Cardini. Never mind that Houdini considered himself an escape artist, not a magician, and never presented himself as having magical powers rather than exceptional dexterity.

Not to be confused with the 80's rap group, though they ''were'' great.

See also SmallReferencePools, DrGenericius.



* Creator/SteveMartin often did tricks for private gatherings involving things coming out of the crotch of his pants. His alias? The Great Flydini.
* Invoked by Creator/DenisLeary in his stand-up routine, regarding pulling his family dog out of the toilet: "Like I'm some kinda magician, the Great Learitini..."

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/Ben10RaceAgainstTime'' has "The Great Gwendini... and her assistant".

* Edgar of ''Literature/EdgarAndEllen'' demonstrated his escape artist skills as "The Amazing Edgarini".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Magician Ricky Jay played magician "The Amazing Maleeni" in ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode of that name. Spoofed with The Stupendous Yappi, a celebrity psychic so phony even Mulder doesn't believe he's real.
* On ''Series/NewsRadio'' Dave called himself the Great Throwdini for his KnifeThrowingAct. He also performed as the Great Ventriloquodini.
* On ''Series/HomeImprovement'', there's an episode where the three sons each want to make a birthday present for their mother, but Randy, the middle son, isn't good with his hands, so he plans a magic show. At the end of the episode, his climactic disappearing box says "The Great Randini" on it.
* One episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had Crow as an escape artist calling himself "The Great Crowdini".
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV Series: In the episode "Zelda the Great", [[ShownTheirWork they really did the research]]. She has a billboard that boasts: ''Zelda the Great: World's foremost illusionist and escape artiste, [[BiggerThanJesus Even Greater than Houdini!]]''
* An episode ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' had the boys befriend "The Great Doheney".
* An episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'' has Sam step into the life of the titular professional magician "The Great Spontini". Subverted in that this is the character's real last name, not a stage name.
* One {{Whammy}} animation from ''Series/PressYourLuck'' has "the Great Whamini" attempting to fire himself out of a cannon, only for it to explode on him, leaving him charred and the player with nothing.

* The unreleased third series of ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' action figures would have included an evil StageMagician named "[[PunnyName The Great Felloni]]".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip has [[ "The Great Griffini"]].
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has Fighter reminisce about the group's (hitherto unknown) plans for a circus act, complete with a poster showing "Fightini", "Thiefini", "Red Magini", "A Cannonball" (Black Mage) and "Fightini again".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* "The Great Bicklini", a.k.a. Mr. Bickles in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* In the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' special "It's Magic, Charlie Brown", Snoopy puts on a magic show as The Great Houndini.
* Eddy, of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', became The Great Eddy-dini upon acquiring Edd's hypno-wheel.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Equestria has an equivalent to Creator/HarryHoudini in "The Great Hoofdini", who is Trixie's biggest inspiration.
* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' had a ''Creator/HarryHoudini'' look-alike stealing from people (and kidnapping children) while using magic (as a villain). He is known as ''The Great Boldini''. [[ Watch the episode here]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Johnny Carson was "The Great Carsoni" as a young magician.