These First-Class Magicians Are Killing it Right Now (updated for 2021)

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Written by Tim Grable

September 11, 2019

Did you know the earliest reported magic trick is over 5,000 years old? 

From Harry Houdini and David Copperfield to Siegfried and Roy and David Blaine, many industry greats helped shape our perception of magic. They paved the way for new generations of entertainers.

That’s right; magic is an ancient art. The world of magic keeps evolving, with new magicians coming up, trying to leave their mark and stand out from the rest. However, the art of magic continues to change, evolve and gain exciting new facets. How is this possible?

It’s all thanks to talented, first-class magicians like the ones featured in this article who passionately explore new, uncharted territory and provide a unique contribution to the world of magic.

Get to Know 7 of The Best Magicians the World Has Ever Seen

These First-Class Magicians Are Killing it Right Now (updated for 2020)

1. Eric Chien

Close-up magic requires a high level of finesse and skill to get right. That’s because close-up magic tricks are performed within just a few feet of the audience using small props (like coins, cards or ribbons).

Therefore, every small hesitation or error is visible. So the act needs to be perfect, despite the tremendous pressure.

Eric Chen’s performances are precisely that – flawless – which is why he’s being recognized as one of the first-class magicians in the industry right now.

His work has been honored by The International Federation of Magic Societies with the World’s Champion Grand Prix award for close-up magic.

You can watch his winning magic act in the video below and see him change not only the colors on his cards, but also his vest.

2. Dom Chambers

Australian magician Dom Chambers combines a warm, performing style with extraordinary mastery of magic trick to provoke great levels of wonder and amazement in the audience.

His magic chops are impeccable and his stage persona is hilarious and approachable – making him one of the first-class magicians in the world to watch right now.

The young magician has a modern take on magic, incorporating technology into his acts to astonish and entertain his audiences. How does this translate on stage?

Watch Dom Chamber’s interactive performance in the quarterfinals of America’s Got Talent and see for yourself.

3. Shin Lim

Shin Lim has been dubbed as “The #1 Sleight of Hand Artist in the World” by the Huffington Post and it’s no surprise why. His incredible smoke-and-card tricks, artistic live performances and mysterious stage persona have turned Shin Lim into a household name.

Combining dexterity, precision and grace, Shin Lim managed to impress the judges of some of the most-famous shows featuring magicians, including “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and America’s Got Talent.

In fact, his perfectly-polished performances took him all the way into the finals of America’s Got Talent, season 13. What’s more, Shin emerged as the season’s winner after a final performance which left everyone in disbelief.

Watch it in the video below:

4. Eric Jones

An award-winning performer, Eric Jones is taking the magic world by storm with his unbelievable sleight-of-hand and dexterity.

Eric’s close-up magic performances are not only technically bewildering but also incorporates great storytelling.

This helps create a complex, perfectly glued together act which engages and captivates the audience.

Watch Eric baffle the judges at America’s Got Talent with his mind-blowing coin tricks and illusions which left everyone wondering “How is this possible?”.

5. Michael Carbonaro

An American actor, magician, and improv artist, Michael Carbonaro is well-known for his hidden camera magic series titled The Carbonaro Effect featured on truTV. 

His inventive tricks, mind-blowing magic, and his undeniable knack for comedy have turned him into an audience favorite at corporate events throughout the country.

The magician has also been praised by the famous publication The New York Times which described him as being:

“Genial and witty…utterly convincing.”

If you’re curious to see Michael Carbonaro in action, then make sure to check out his performance from The Rachael Ray Show in the video below:

6. Mac King

Dubbed by many as one of the best magicians in the world today, Mac King stands out from the rest thanks to his quick wit, quirky style, and extensive audience interaction.

The audience also loves him for his original tricks, visual gags, and astounding sleight of hand, which all come together into a single act, sure that has the power to dazzle and delight.

Mac is also one of those entertainers who are consistently praised by fellow magicians.

On “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” Mac impressed the two judges with his comedic genius and well-crafted routine Penn hailed as being the best version of the aerial fishing trick he’s ever seen.

Watch his full performance on the show in the video below:

7. Digital Deception

What happens when magic meets technology? A new style of doing and experiencing magic is born.

Digital Deception is a live show which creates magic from the technology most of us use every single day. Smartphones, drones, and other high-tech gadgets; they are all a part of the show.

The acts are performed by Doug McKenzie and Ryan Oakes, two of the most forward-thinking, best magicians working today. With their routines, they aim to push magic in a new direction and show guests an entirely new way to be entertained.

Learn more about Digital Deception and the magical experience they create on stage by watching the video below.

8. Gerard Senehi

One of the most accomplished mentalists nowadays, Gerard Senehi, uses his ability to perform mind-bending tricks to evoke mystery and expand people’s perception of what is possible.

In doing so, he aims to inspire his audiences to think about what they can achieve in their lives in new, innovative ways so they can also begin to imagine a better future.

Thanks to his unique content and original presentation style, Gerard has been featured on numerous television shows internationally, including The Today Show, Fox News Sunday, and Ellen.

He’s also given hundreds of talks for corporations and conferences, such as TED and TEDx.

In the video below, you can watch Gerard impress the audience on stage at TEDYouth, which he attended a few years back:

Book First-Class Magicians for Memorable Corporate Events

Magic is an excellent way to add more excitement to an event and make it stick out in the minds of your guests.

So if you’re looking for a captivating act which will delight and surprise your audience, we recommend checking out some of the fantastic magicians featured in our portfolio.  We encourage you to browse through our extensive portfolio to find the right entertainer for your next event.  Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (615) 283-0039 in case you have any questions.

The Grable Group is a specialized entertainment booking agency. We’re proud to represent some of the best entertainers working today, including top magicians who are sure to elevate any event.

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