Here is where we pay homage to some of the greatest card magicians the world has ever seen. In the skilled hands of these men, card tricks, card manipulations and card sleights are turned into an art form. There are of course today many superb exponents of card tricks that we see often in the media from David Blaine to Dynamo but to make it onto this page, the card magician has to have something really special about them!
Essentially, they need to have made a lasting contribution to the genre of card magic either by being renowned enough to be still remembered after hundreds of years as with Hofzinser or described as “the greatest exponent of pure sleight of hand the world has ever known” – the description given to The Great Cardini or even have written numerous very important book which have influenced all that followed as was the case with Jean Hugard.
So read on and take your pick of the finest exponents of card magic and the most influential performers and creators of card tricks that the world has ever seen ….. you will not be disappointed.
The earlier years of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin’s life was spent working to his family’s clock making business in the French town of Blois. It was at this time that he particularly became interested in magic as well as mechanical inventions and very soon he was entertaining friends with his skilful sleight of hand tricks. Read More
From his salon in Vienna, Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser frequently entertained the high Society of Vienna. He combined both social satire with magic. He is remembered fondly today as the father of card magic and one of the first card magicians to use gimmicked cards and innovative sleights of hand in his beguiling card tricks. Read More
Known as “The Professor” and “The man that fooled Houdini”, Dai Vernon was a great original believing that copying others was pointless especially if the other person is the creator of a particular card trick. No one would better the original performer. In later years, he was involved with the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Read More
The New England Magic Society described Cardini as “the greatest exponent of pure sleight of hand the world has ever known”. During World War 1, he passed the time in the trenches by practicing his card manipulations often wearing gloves due to the cold! He perfected his magic skills in hospital after being injured in battle. Read More
After a late start Hugard rose to become one of the world’s great stage magicians, and the last of a trio (Houdin-Hoffman-Hugard) of prodigious authors on the art of legerdemain or sleight of hand. Over the course of his life he performed as Oscar Kellmann, Chin Sun Loo, Ching Ling Foo, and Jean Hugarde. Read More
We hope the stories of these great card magicians inspire you to learn some card tricks for yourself. Visit our free card tricks page for an extensive list to choose from.