The Top 100 Magicians of the Century

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Postby Geno Munari » 10/08/01 05:20 AM

Last Year Magic Magazine ran a list of the top 100 magicians of the century. Impressive as it was, many great names were left out and many names included that were not so great. Anyone care to take a shot at building a real accurate list without political overtones to inclusion or exclusion?
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Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 10/08/01 06:54 AM

Is this list solely for great performers, or should it include the creators and inventors who may not be such great performers. Personally, I think the great inventors should be listed, as they have had just as much an impact on the face of magic as the performers have.

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Postby Geno Munari » 10/08/01 08:15 AM

I agree. It should consider all people in magic whether inventors or performers. Inventors may not be professional entertainers, but I am sure that when they are inventing, they have to be performing just to test out an idea.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 10/08/01 04:09 PM

Geno,

I'm not sure that it's possible to create a definitive list of the "top 100" magicians without resorting to "politics" or - heaven forbid - opinion. Such are the perils of taxonomies of personalities. And it's worth noting that the MAGIC list did include inventors, writers, publishers, scholars, historians and even one mystery (Erdnase). Do you want to hear something really scary? It was two years ago that MAGIC published the full list of 100!

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Postby Geno Munari » 10/08/01 08:37 PM

It is scarry that magiciansike Grippo and Skinner, and Johnny Paul never made the list.
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Postby Guest » 10/09/01 07:56 AM

Geno,
I agree. I especially agree with Skinner. The problem is, when you limit yourself to a certain number, someone is going to get excluded. I don't believe anything was intentional, I think their list was pretty broad-based, just left out a lot of personal favorites.
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