I had seen Blackstone Senior, Bill Neff, and a few others in the 40's, but the first to really fry me was J.B. Bobo, in the early 50's doing a little red silk and TT. I was totally fooled and had no clue how it could have been done even though I had owned a metal TT since I was 9 years old.
I still think that, properly done, it is the greatest trick ever. No one should be allowed to perform it unless they are are good enough with the handling to fool those who know about the TT.
The next one who fried me was Don Alan producing a 25 lb. nut from under a hat. The next was Al Goshman and his salt shakers in his prime around 1965. There have been few since then.
Alan Ackerman fooled me when I sat next to him at a table that included Vernon, Jennings, Paul Harris, Mike Skinner, Klaus, etc.
Alan had me riffle shuffle the deck, then showed me that it was divided into red and black after my shuffle. I was fried.