magicians are everywhere, doing many different types of magic.
Comedy, card tricks, illusions, doves, escapes, and even magic
that defies definitionno matter what kind of magic you
want to see, chances are there's a magician out there making
it happen. Experience the many flavors of magic.
and Roy started the big magic tradition in Las Vegas
1980, Las Vegas was best known for legal gambling. German
magicians Siegfried and Roy made Vegas into the home of magic.
With their rare white tigers and other animals, they worked
up to starring in their own show at the Stardust hotel.
1989, they moved into a theater built for them at the Mirage
and opened a larger-than-life show featuring fabulous sets,
lighting, showgirls, music, exotic animals and illusion.
pair met in 1960 working on a German cruise ship, where Siegfried
tended bar and did magic once a week. After one show, Roy
said, instead of making a rabbit appear, why not a cheetah?
Roy smuggled his pet cheetah on board for the next cruise.
This new act stunned the audience and started a long and profitable
Copperfield presented the magician as rock star
David Copperfield followed the TV success of Doug Henning,
but with a twist. Henning used the flower-child symbols of
the 70s. Copperfield adapted the look of a rock star, usually
presenting magic to rock music. Other magicians have since
adopted the look.
Burton turned classical magic success into a big Vegas show
first, Lance Burton's magic was a classic, 12-minute,
silent routine with doves and cards. He kept working in Las
Vegas for years, improving and adding to his act. In 1995,
he opened a large, lavish show in a theater built just for
him. With his mix of classical magic and big illusion, Burton's
show is a major attraction.
Burton fell in love with magic when he was five years old
and a magician made coins appear from Burton's ears.
Even now, he refers to invite children to join him on stage.
and Dove dance with high-energy magic
stage, magicians Goldfinger and Dove are always in motion.
They don't seem to be performing magic so much as dancing
it into existence. They make impossible things happencards
appear, silks flow from nowhere and torn papers are made wholewith
an unmatched energy and enthusiasm.
of Goldfinger and Dove's early appearances on TV came
with Sammy Davis, Jr., who said of their act, "Goldfinger
and Dove have flash, man."
Maven knows what you're thinking
you went to see world-famous mentalist Max Maven, you'd
see him tell people things they were thinking that seem impossible
for anyone else to know. With psychology, memory and the power
of suggestion, he seems to read minds. He also writes, invents
new magic and consults for other magicians. Most people know
Max Maven best for the interactive effects he has created
and fast, the Pendragons are masters of the big illusion
Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon are most famous for their
version of Houdini's "Metamorphosis." Jonathan
is tied in a sack and locked in a chest. Charlotte stands
on the chest and tosses up a curtain. Suddenly Jonathan is
standing there; she's in the chest. When Houdini did
this trick, he was out of sight for only three seconds. The
Pendragons do it in a split second. Jonathan and Charlotte
Pendragon use their incredible athletic strength to perform
magic that no one else can do.
presents magic with grace, elegance and beauty
magician Jade has a range of performing styles, including
but not limited to traditional Chinese magic. She changes
a small bowl of rice into water, brings paper butterflies
to life, and creates a snowstorm on stage. Her grace and skill
as a magician have earned the respect of her peersshe
is the first woman to win the coveted Gold Medal from the
International Brotherhood of Magicians.
fell in love with magic in high school, when she walked into
a magic shop on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. They
thought at first she was too shy, but she convinced them to
give her a job and grew from there into a talented professional
& Teller call themselves the "bad boys of magic"
& Teller performing Casey and the Bat
Penn and Teller have perfected their creative, original and
irreverent style. They can seem to show you how a trick is
done and still leave you baffled.
example, their version of the magician's standard cups
and ballswith clear cupsalso comes with quick
talk, smooth teamwork and moves that you simply can't
follow. Even at the end, you won't know how they did
one of their illusions, pictured here, Teller tries to break
free before Penn finishes a fast reading of Casey at the Bat
and stands to take a bow, releasing the rope.
Portugal, Luis de Matos does magic on TV
you ask someone from Portugal to name a magician, they'll
probably name Luis de Matos. He turned his early love for
television into a career presenting magic. While only in his
20s, he'd already starred in and produced several series
of magic showsmore than a hundred shows. De Matos performs
illusions, escapes, close-up magic and even shows tricks viewers
can use to win bets.
Lenert blends the arts of mime and magic
Lenert prefers not to be called a magician. But on stage,
she uses magic with other arts, like mime or music, to tell
a story. In her best-known routine, she plays a cleaning woman
who's tired and unhappy. When her mop magically "comes
to life," it offers flowers, romance and the chance to
live her dreams.
Lenert followed a strange path to magic. She has played guitar
(rock and classical), surfed with a tandem surfing team, and
left a secretarial job to become a mime.