[Jim]: Abracadabra!… Alla Peanut Butter
Sandwich!… Open Sesame Seed! [Kelly]: Abracadabra!
[Jim]: I already said that one. [Kelly]: Jim, I have a fancy wand.
[Jim]: Eh, good point.. [Jim]: Mecca lecca..
[Kelly]: Jim, I think we bit off a little more then we can chew here..
[Jim]: Maybe you’re right.. Let me try one more.. Just one more..
[Jim]: Murraykizzam! (With a cloud of smoke, Murray appears on
screen) [Murray]: You know what, I think I left my
wallet in my car.. I’ll be right back! No no, it’s not a problem.. Oh, hey! How are
you guys doing? [Kelly]: Oh! Hey, Mr. SawChuck! Thanks for
coming.. are we bothering you at all? [Murray]: No, not at all.. but the waiter
may be a little upset I stiffed him.. but I’ll get him back next time, he’ll be fine.
[Jim]: Well, I think what Kelly means is, we’re having a little trouble with the script
and it’s a little beyond our expertise and we could really use your help.
[Murray]: Well you know I do have a couple tricks up my sleeve.. That’s a really big
book, but I do have a few tricks, up.. my [Murray]: I mean, you were going to get in
the way anyways.. oh and plus, guess what, [Murray]: I mean, you were going to get in
the way anyways.. oh and plus, guess what,
[Murray]: I mean, you were going to get in
the way anyways.. oh and plus, guess what, it’ll wear off in a few minutes..
[Murray] Hey I’m Murray SawChuck and this, is Top10Archive! Stage magic.. a performing art that both entertains
and mesmerizes audiences with seemingly impossible tricks and illusions. Although our documented
history of early magic tricks date back to at least the 1400’s, it wasn’t until the late
1800’s and when the Great Harry Houdini made his presence, before the industry bloomed
into the wonderful… flower that it is today. Here is our pick for the “Top 10 Most Notable
Magicians in History”. 10. Alexander Herrmann
Known as Herrmann the Great, this 19th-century French native came from a long line of famous
magicians. Throughout his early life on stage, Herrmann the Great learned from his brother,
Carl Herrmann, eventually overshadowing him with acts like the bullet catch. What Alexander
became most known for was a conjuring trick that would become a staple of low-brow magicians
and favorites across the ages. Herrmann was among the first magicians to actually pull
a live rabbit from out of his hat. While we know the ins-and-outs of this very basic illusion,
for his time, Herrmann the Great was performing impossible feats.
9. Dai Vernon During the mid- to-late 20th century, until
his death in 1992, Canadian magician Dai Vernon was stupefying the world with his expert-level
technique at sleight-of-hand. His incredible skill was so impressive that Vernon became
one of the few tricksters to ever stump Harry Houdini, a man that professed he could figure
out a card trick if he watched it three times in a row. For Houdini, Vernon removed a card
from the top of the deck, placed it in the middle, then flipped the deck over to reveal
the original card. After seven consecutive viewings, Houdini was forced to admit defeat,
giving Vernon the title of “The Man Who Fooled Houdini.” In 1968, Vernon was awarded
a “Master Fellowship” from the Academy of Magical Arts.
8. Mark Wilson Dubbed by the New York Times as “the nation’s leading authority on magic,” Mark Wilson is one of the top magicians in the 20th Century, alongside other greats we’ll touch on in just a bit. What stands out as one of Wilson’s
greatest accomplishments was becoming network television’s very first weekly magic series.
Magic Land of Allakazam debuted on CBS and lasted for 2 years before moving to ABC for
another 3. Wilson continued his career as a televised illusionist, along with his wife
Nani Darnell, on a variety of other productions that included The Magic of Mark Wilson, Magic
Circus, and four different HBO Magic Specials. 7. Carl Ballantine
Without Carl Ballantine, there’s a chance that magicians like Tom Mullica, the Amazing
Jonathan, Piff the Magic Dragon and Murray SawChuck (Myself) would have gone down an
entirely different career path. Ballantine headlined the magic circuit from 1949 up until
his death in 2009 and is credited with successfully combining his prowess as a comedian and specialty
as a magician, defining the field of comedy magic. The Great Ballantine was awarded the
Special Fellowship by the Academy of Magical Arts in 1973 and the Louie award from Tannen’s
Magic, but the magician was about more than just the magic. Ballantine also acted in several
films including McHale’s Navy, Penelope, The World’s Greatest Lover, and The North
Avenue Irregulars. 6. David Blaine
The soft-spoken Blaine doesn’t rely on a loud, flashy production to pull off impressive
feats… he relies on his skill. Overtime, Blaine overshadowed his career as an illusionist
with record breaking endurance stunts that had him encased in a block of ice, standing
atop a 100-foot or 30-meter high pillar, or placed in a plexiglass case and suspended
30 feet or 9 meters near the River Thames, but his claim to fame was his first television
special, Street Magic. Blaine’s low-key nature often played up the wonder of his illusions
and tricks. His 2nd show, Magic Man, sent Blain across the country to entertain spectators
in a range of cities, the reactions being more of a focus than the trick itself.
5. David Devant As the consummate exponent of entertaining
magical theater, or, in layman’s terms the best of the best, David Devant worked for
as long as he could before his body started to deteriorate from parkinson’s disease. His
early years had him performing with Maskelyne & Cooke company at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly,
London, but it wasn’t long before his dry wit and magical prowess set him up as one
of magic’s most revered performers. One of Devant’s more popular tricks, and one
that we can certainly appreciate, was the “Magic Kettle,” during which he was able
to produce an alcoholic beverage requested by the audience. Devant was so respected that
he’s still referred to by many British magicians as the “master performer of his time.”
4. Penn & Teller From 1975 through today, the comedy act of
Penn & Teller has been an audience favorite. Penn Fraser Jillette and Raymond Joseph Teller
may not have been the first comedy magicians, but it would be hard to deny that they altered
it, creating a hybrid of magic and crude comedy. Later in their career, the duo became Las
Vegas headliners, were awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, and starred in several
television series’ that range from magic-focused to political satire. Their outlandish acts
often feature gore and violence to comedic levels, such as accidentally sawing a woman
in half after showing how other magicians perform the trick. The pair are known to call
out frauds and even dish out secrets of the trade through their own, incredible versions
of basic tricks. 3. David Copperfield
For years, Copperfield has ruled the stage of the David Copperfield Theater in Vegas,
eventually earning Forbes’ title as the most commercially successful magician in history.
He’s been privy to 11 Guinness World Records, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and
even knighthood from the French. Copperfield’s introduction to magic started early as he
practiced under the name Davino the Boy Magician at the age of 10. By 12, he became the youngest
member of the Society of American Magicians. Copperfield
acted in the musical The Magic Man, headlined the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, and
hosted The Magic of ABC in the late 1970s. In April of 1983, Copperfield performed what
was dubbed the most famous illusion and made the Statue of Liberty disappear.
2. Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin If you’re praising greats like Harry Houdini,
you’re also secretly showing some love for Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin. Widely considered
the Father of Modern Magic, Robert-Houdin was a respected member of the community, so
much so that Ehrich Weisz paid homage to him with the name Harry Houdini. Robert-Houdin
started as a clockmaker in his family’s business, turning to sleight-of-hand tricks
to entertain friends and satisfy his love of magic. Shooting him into fame was his attraction,
“Second Sight”, during which his blindfolded son would identify items being held by him.
Along with being the Father of Modern Magic, Robert-Houdin was also one of the first magicians
to utilize electricity in his act. His career was relatively short, having died from pneumonia
only eleven years after taking the stage. 1. Harry Houdini Born in 1874 as Ehrich Weisz, Houdini entered
the magic circle around 1891, finding fame when he met his manager, Martin Beck in 1899.
From there, the young performer entered into vaudeville, where he earned the name “The
Handcuff King.” Houdini’s started performing one of his most notable tricks, the Chinese
Water Torture Cell, in 1913. The act had him suspended upside-down in a glass-and-steel
cabinet that would filled with water. To escape, Houdini would have to hold his breath for
3 minutes, using either concealed lockpicks or force to escape. Beyond magic, Houdini
starred in several films, helped debunk psychics, and was the first person to fly over Australian
soil. On October 24th, 1926, Houdini succumbed to peritonitis after allegedly being punched
in the abdomen. [Murray]: Hey, thanks for watching this video,
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facebook, twitter and our website, top10archive.net! [Murray]: Oh, she’ll be fine in a couple of
minutes.. or an hour.. or a week. Month.. by the end of the year she’ll be just fine..
Hey.. where you going? Well.. I don’t have insurance for her.