25 Most Impressive Magic Tricks Ever

Posted by , Updated on March 21, 2024

There is something mystical about magic that always captivates the imagination. Magicians have a special ability to magnetize an audience with flashes, style, and presentations. We can’t help but to be big fans of those who do tricks that can fool the eye. Then again, some of these presentation are so shocking, grandiose, and astounding that they leave you wondering; “Are they really tricks?” If you are a skeptic, you may just become a believer after watching these 25 most impressive magic tricks ever.

David Blaine “Frozen in Time”

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On November 27,2000, millions of viewers all around the world watched David Blaine as he performed one of his most dangerous magic tricks covered on a TV special. He was encased in ice for 63 hours, 42 minutes and 15 seconds before being removed. The ice was transparent and it was proven that he was inside the ice the whole time. After he was removed out of the ice, he was in a disoriented state and needed hospitalization.


Vanishing of the Statue of Liberty


In 1983 Copperfield was able to make the Statue of Liberty disappear on live television. He raised a giant curtain covering the entire statue and when he lowered it again a few seconds later the place where the statue stood was empty. As a bonus, Copperfield even pointed searchlights at the empty space in order to show that there was nothing blocking the way.


Head removal


Illusionist Cyril Takayama had the world gasping when he performed the illusion of removing his head. He is a famous magician in Japan with a French descent. To the rest of the world he is known for his signature magic trick where his head falls off his shoulder; it’s a stunt that never ceases to scare the audience.


David Copperfield Levitation


David Copperfield is in the list again for being able to come up with a brilliant illusion despite not having any technological gadget around during his time. He was able to show himself levitating in the Grand Canyon, a feat that is next to impossible.


Pendragons: Metamorphosis


Magic is not just about the final result but about the presentation and creativity. Aside from being the fastest magic illusion performers; the Pendragons are also creative and are able to truly entertain the viewers.


Richard Ross Hand Ability Routine


Richard Ross was well received by the audience due to his impressive stage performance. Viewers loved his amazing array of hand tricks with rings and other props. Check out this short clip to see one of his ring acts.


David Blaine Turns Coffee into Coins


The magical performances of David Blaine which aired on TV garnered high ratings due to their impressive results. One of these performances was the impressive act in which David Blaine was able to turn coffee inside a coffee cup into money which he then gave to the beggar holding the cup.


Derren Brown – Smoke


Derren Brown is a highly regarded mentalists. He is able to perform memory feats, hypnosis and has been able to display highly developed mental abilities including mind control and clairvoyance.


Roller Coaster Death Trick


Lance Burton is famous for his numerous tricks and has the world’s longest tenured magic show. He started performing magic at the age of 5 and continues to astound the world for his innovative magic tricks.


Concrete Drill Entering the Body Trick by Thomas Black Thorne


There are a lot of magicians performing the swallowing of a sword trick, but it is not as elaborate as the swallowing of a round concrete drill while the engine is running. Audiences were stunned when this act was shown on German television.


Catching the Bullets Trick


Penn and Teller perform the bullet catch; a trick in which they are able to capture the bullet fired by each other. The bullets are often marked by the audience in order to recognize them again. This trick is deemed legitimate by experts.


Hans and Helga Moretti- The Crossbow Headshot Trick


It is an intense trick that can lead to death, Hans and Helga Moretti is considered two of the best illusionists in Germany and guests are left guessing what will happen next. People who are watching are sure to feel tense.


Escape Artist Harry Houdini- the Chinese Water Torture Cell


Houdini was an impressive illusionist and was able to perform insane tricks. In this trick he is suspended in mid-air while his ankles contain a restraint brace. Houdini will then be lowered in the glass tank with overflowing water and locked in. Will he make it out alive?


Criss Angel Levitation


Although levitation tricks has already been done by David Copperfield, the tricks of Criss Angel are astounding, he performs it on the street with his audience just a few feet away from him which makes the illusion even more convincing. While some believe that he was really floating on air, Criss explains that it is just a simple trick.


Truck Run Over Trick


Illusionists Penn was able to impress the people with his trick using a truck by literally rolling over Teller without hurting him. The camera was focused on the action but it made use of an elaborate trick to make the illusion work for all the world to see.




The ability to turn into something else is still one of the coolest things to do, the ability to transform into a pretty assistant and then into a regular guy is still something that dazzles audiences who love magic tricks. It is one of the best tricks modern magicians are performing nowadays requiring the performer to be crafty and fast in order to make the trick work.


Removing the Viewer’s Front Teeth


Once again the world is astounded by the tricks that David Blaine has up his sleeves. He was able to go from one person to another and remove their teeth while on cam. Lots of debate has been done if the magic is genuine but nevertheless David Blaine is a certified expert on street magic and performance.


Walking through the Great Wall of China Trick


David Copperfield has done a series of impressive illusions including the ability to quickly go around the Great Wall of China. When this trick was performed, video technology was not as advanced as today’s so it took Cooperfield some time to create and plan out the trick. He relied on wit, speed and creativity to pull out this amazing stunt which made him legendary.


Turning Five $1 into Five $100


David Blaine continues to astound people all around the world in his television series which features his magic tricks. One of the best tricks he came out with is turning $1 into $100 and afterwards he distributed the money to residents of North Orleans Ninth Ward, after the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina.


Criss Angel Walks on Water Trick


The popularity of Criss Angel’s show Mindfreak, Believe and Phenomenon where at an all time high when he performed this trick. He was able to walk on water! Criss Angel is said to be a dark magician because of these tricks.


Postmentalism by Alvo Stockman —The Future of Written Prediction


This is an emerging type of magic trick wherein people participating can write their prediction on an envelope, place an address and put a stamp on it to be handed to a friend. The prediction can be about the result of a football game or any other question the person might ask and the answer will just be mailed to the individual to their amazement. It is a genius form of illusion suited for the 21st century.


David Copperfield – Death Saw (sawing in half)


A lot of magicians have followed the steps of David Copperfield and continue to reinvent this trick on their shows in Las Vegas. It is among the most famous tricks in the history of magic and illusion. Cooperfield was able to make the audience believe that he was sawing himself in half. Until this very day despite the number of versions of tricks related to the magician’s attempt at sawing their assistants in half, this trick has never been surpassed.


Paul Daniels, Chop Cup (1985)


The audience loved the performances of Paul Daniels because they were fast, engaging and really entertaining. The movements that he made involved a long process and Paul Daniels was seen as his niche’s best during his time and was even awarded the prestigious “Magician of the Year Award” by the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts in 1983.


David Copperfield – Thirteen


David Copperfied is known for his theatrics, sense of humor; and his ease and tact with the crowd which made him endearing to the audience. This trick is hard to explain in a logical manner and is considered to be one of the best illusions ever done in the world due to the sheer complexity of making thirteen people disappear out of thin air.


David Copperfield – Portal


David Coppefield deserves the top spot due to his sheer tact and brilliance in the magic tricks and illusions he performs. Many would say that he is the greatest magician of all time. In this act he was able to teleport himself and another spectator to Hawaii. This act has never been surpassed and is still a big mystery to a lot of people.