I will try to keep the list short and to people that I have seen perform. The first list is magicians that are no longer with us.
Billy Bishop, John Shirley, Don Alan, Ed Marlo, Dai Vernon, Jack Pyle, Jay Marshall, Blackstone Jr., Jack Gwynne, Tony Marks, Jim Ryan,
Magicians That are still with us.
Bill Malone, Ricky Jay, Tom Ogden, Rich Cowley, Vinny (The Godfather), Rannie Raymundo, Tony Picaso, Jimmy "Cards" Molinari, Alan Ackerman, Al Schnider, Terry Vecky, Bill Weimer, Bob Rath, Bev Bergeron, Mark Willson, Andre Kole, David Roth, Glenn Haywood, Buddy Farnan, Harry Loryane, Jonny Thompson, Stan Kremine, David Charvet, Marshall Brodien,
Magicians that inspired me through the printed words and publishing.
Charlie Miller, Erdnase, Cy Endfield, Dai Vernon, John Scarne, Frank Garcia, Ed Marlo, Harry Loryane,
Magicians I wish I met.
Okito, Fu Manchu, Robert-Houdin, Rolland Hamblen, Charlie Miller, Erdnase, Jay Ose, Paul LePaul, Bert Allerton, Carmon DeAmico, Cy Endfield, John Scarne, Frank Garcia,