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Famous People: Magicians

Learn about famous magicians and the tricks that made them popular. Includes biographies of Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, Lance Burton, and more. Watch videos of their performances and read about the secrets behind their tricks. There are links to eThemes Resources on the history of magic and magic tricks.


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Click on the names on the left to learn more about these famous magicians.
Read these short biographies of Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, and Lance Burton.
Click on "Gallery of Portraits" for pictures and descriptions of some famous magicians.
Read a short biography of David Copperfield. NOTE: The site includes a pop-up ad.
This site has information about Houdini. Click on "Timeline" for major events in his life. Click on "Gallery" to see posters that promoted his acts. "Special Features" includes explanations for how he did his tricks, videos of his performances, and a game.
Read several articles about the life and magic of Harry Houdini. Includes photographs.
Explore Lance Burton's official site. Click on "Television" to see a video clip of one of his magic tricks. Click on "Learning Magic" at the top and then "Magic Secrets Revealed" for some magic tricks you can do.
Here is information about some magicians who are popular today.
Read about the history of magic and how it has evolved through the years. Find out why people used to believe the word abracadabra was important. View photographs of cups and balls that were used to perform an old illusion.
These fun sites feature many online optical illusions. Students can try to unravel the mystery behind these illusions. Learn how to perform many magic tricks, including how to make a quarter disappear and how to float above the ground.

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