7 Richest Magicians In The World

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Magicians might not be the first thing you think of when looking at the world’s richest entertainers, but one look at this list of the richest magicians in the world will tell you that there are certainly plenty of people making a great living from performing illusions that they have created. It is once said that being a magician is the only occupation that "allows you to earn a living by legally deceiving others".

Here are some interesting facts about magicians: 

  • At least 15 magicians have met their death by performing catching the bullet
  • Only 2 magicians have a star on the walk of fame. Harry Houdini and David Copperfield
  • International Brotherhood of Magicians is the largest magic club in the world. It has more than 25,000 members
  • Eldon Wigton is the fastest magician. He was able to perform 225 tricks in 2 minutes in 1991 for the World Record attempt.
  • David Copperfield owns a private island called Musha Cay which cost him $55 Million to purchase in 2006. He rents it out to celebrities for $37,500 per night.
  • Back in the days where David Blaine was a hot commodity, you can hire him to entertain your dinner guests for $150,000 per hour.

1) David Copperfield : $800 million

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Far and away the richest magician in the world, David Copperfield has built up a net worth of $800 million. Over 40 million tickets have been sold and his tours have together grossed an incredible $3 billion. At the highest point of his career, he was doing an estimated 500 shows every year and earning $50 million for his efforts.

2) Penn and Teller : $175 million

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This comedy and magic duo is worth $175 million a piece. They have each written, performed, and starred in multiple television series and movies, earning them an income that is the reward of their incredible work ethic. Daily shows in Vegas, world tours, and more keep them busy throughout the year. Their latest show, Fool Us, is going to be making its American debut this year.

3) Siegfried and Roy : $120 million

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Siegfried and Roy were famous for their Vegas show from the Mirage that lasted until 2003 when they retired after Roy was attacked by one of the tigers that they famously used. Despite that retirement, they still have a fortune much higher than many of the richest magicians who are still working.

4) Lance Burton : $100 million

At one point in time Lance Burton was the top magician in the world. With a net worth of $100 million he is still one of the richest magicians on the planet and he continues to perform live and on television shows that he writes and produces. He might not be the top magician in the world anymore, but he does stay busy with all of his projects.

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5) Criss Angel : $30 million

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Criss Angel has a world class show at the Luxor in Las Vegas, a show on A&E called MindFreak, and a top notch skill set that puts him among the world’s richest magicians as well as the world’s best magicians. Doing multiple shows daily, he certainly has enough practice to keep up this pace for the foreseeable future.

6) David Blaine : $12 million

David Blaine started his rise to fame while performing unbelievable stunts in the vein of Harry Houdini, but his reputation as an illusionist is second to none. His $12 million net worth has earned him a place at the magician’s hall of fame.

7) Derren Brown : $7.5 million

Derren Brown is one of the most prominent illusionists, hypnotists, and mentalists in the United Kingdom. With yearly specials and some of the largest tours on the continent, Brown has earned a net worth of $7.5 million, without even touching the American market. His blend of sleight of hand and hypnotism has allowed him to produce some of the most mind blowing events in magic history.

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