Top 10 Famous Magicians

Below is a video featuring the Top 10 Famous Magicians!

We are not sure how they come up with that conclusion (probably through the number of Google search results), but here’s an article which talks about the success behind magic and influence as well as Zen Stare that most successful magicians have!

Enjoy!

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Mariska: The Next Houdini?

Legendary magician, Erik Weisz was known by his stage name, Harry Houdini, made headlines for his deathdifying stunts and impossible escapology.

Harry Houdini, acts still inspires magicians even today despite his passing 87 years ago on 31st October 1926.

In this present day we have, Mariska that does the impossible with her mouth. Only difference is she’s … a horse!

Now hold your horses. Mariska has been getting YouTube attention for opening stall doors over and over again despite desperate measures to keep her locked in.

Mariska lives up the North-Eastern part of America in Michigan together with her owners of Misty Meadows Farm LLC. For more information about Mariska, visit: http://www.mistymeadowsfarmllc.com/.

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‘Queen of Magic’ by Adelaide Herrmann

In a recent post, “Keeping the Magic Alive“, Eric Rose talks about the Golden Age of Magic. Among the many famous magicians mentioned in that video, all of them had something in common – their gender. Yes, it seems Magic was a male dominating industry. Wrong. Adelaide Herrmann, author of “Queen of Magic” assembles the long-lost memoirs of the ‘Queen of Magic’, a once-famous, nearly forgotten female magician.

Aside from Harry Houdini, few magicians from the golden age of magic have any contemporary name recognition—and any that do are men. Yet around the turn of the 20th century, Adelaide Herrmann held her own as a popular female magician. But because magic’s allure waned as the century wore on, few remember her. Enter Steele, a magician and Herrmann fan, who also performed tributes to the late magician. After acquiring Herrmann’s missing memoir in 2010 after it was discovered in a descendant’s closet, Steele edited it for this publication, a compilation of the memoirs along with an impressive selection of photographs, magazine articles and other ephemera. The memoir itself is compelling—it tells of her early life as a dancer and her falling in love with renowned magician Alexander Herrmann—although Steele notes that Herrmann “wasn’t above occasionally re-casting herself into anecdotes that had originally starred her husband. As much as I adore her, I don’t always trust her.” Alexander received all the attention during his life, and when he died, his nephew Leon briefly took over the act but proved ill-suited for the role. Herrmann next stepped up and made the show her own. She traveled across the United States and Europe, encountering floods and fires and often performing the “bullet catch” trick. It’s a fun story improved by Steele’s peppering the text with photographs to illustrate Herrmann’s text, giving the book the feeling of a well-loved scrapbook. The additional ephemera at the back of the book features writing about Herrmann’s costumes, articles Herrmann wrote for magazines about her job and numerous mentions of her in the press.

A must-own for fans of magic, Steele’s book is a fun peek into the history of magic’s golden age.

“Its a fabulous look, not only at Adelaide, but at the times in which she lived. Its rich in such detail and really puts you into the energy, hardships, adventures and truly joyous moments in which this hearty lady lived. It was an exciting read and not just for magicians, but for women and history buffs in particular. I like it lots.”

– Robert E Fitch

Buy this book.

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Foster The People goes HOUDINI

American 3 members indie pop band, Foster The People, Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals), and Mark Pontius (drums, extra percussion). Recently the threesome released their latest single, “Houdini”.

Got shackles on, my words are tied
Fear can make you compromise
Fast enough it’s hard to hide
Sometimes I want to disappear
– Lyrics from ‘Houdini’

Something a magician may consider adapting into their shows. 🙂

For those unaware, Harry Houdini (born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) was a Hungarian-born American stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as Handcuff Harry, on a tour of Europe, where he would sensationally challenge different police-forces to try to keep him locked up. This revealed a talent for gimmickry and for audience involvement that would characterise all his work. Soon he was extending his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk-can. Houdini made a number of movies, but quit acting when it failed to bring in money. He was also a keen aviator, and aimed to become the first man to fly a plane in Australia, but according to the official definition of sustained flight, he was beaten to it by two others. Even the circumstances of his death were dramatic and mysterious. According to one version, a student in Montreal asked him if his stomach was hard enough to take any blow, to which he replied that it was, whereupon the student rained a series of blows on it before Houdini had had time to tense up. A few days later, he died of a ruptured appendix. But this may have been unconnected, as he had already been suffering appendicitis and refusing to seek medical attention. You can read more on Houdini here.

Enjoy the video below.

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Broken Wand, Martin Breese.

Martin Breese, a renowned magic dealer & publisher, passed away on 22 February 2012 after battling with leukemia. Breese spent his last few moments in the hospital at Brighton England where he was treated. Breese spirit in the art stayed with him during his remaining days, he quickly gained a reputation as magician among many patients from his performances in the hospital.

Breese was known to many as the pioneer to have brought magic from American to England.

ATOM condolences goes out to friends and family of Martin Breese. Rest in peace, Martin.

Quick Fact: Broken Wand is a term used to describe the death of a fellow conjurer (magician). A typical Broken Wand Ceremony is an unpretentious session conducted at the funeral of a conjurer to commemorate the conjurer’s life as a practitioner of the art and as a person. The conjurer’s or a ceremonial wand is broken into half to symbolize that the conjurer’s performance on this earth is broken and he/she is to be joined with the magic of the eternal. In 1926, the very first Broken Wand Ceremony was conducted for Harry Houdini by the Society of American Magicians at Houdini’s grave at Machpelah Cemetery.

In Singapore, I witnessed my first Broken Wand Ceremony at Peh Seh Leong’s wake in September 2011. The Broken Wand Ceremony was conducted by John Teo (President of International Brotherhood of Magician, Singapore Chapter – Ring 115) in the presence of Gordon Koh (President of Singapore Association of Magicians). After the ceremony, the broken ceremonial wand was placed on top of Peh’s coffin. I am unsure if was cremated with it. Peh is also the father of a full-time magician Jeremy Peh.