FAMOUS AMATEUR MAGICIANS

‚ÄčThe rosters of theater, film, and government teem with the names of famous individuals with a common passion for the art of magic. From the White House and the chambers of the CIA to the star-studded walks of Hollywood, these well known people took up wand and card at some point in their lives. Some performed professionally before moving on to greater roles. Others employed their skills as a hobby. Many credit their introduction to magic with their eventual success and stardom. Some of these names may surprise you!

Lyle Talbot
Dave Madden
Karl Malden
Frank Marshall
Chico and Harpo Marx
Walter Matthau
John E. McLaughlin
Colleen Moore
Chester Morris
Jack Norworth
Pat Hazel
Patrick Dempsey
Grant-Lee Phillips
Prince Charles
George Raft

Ronald Reagan
Christopher "Kid" Reid
John Ritter
Harold Robbins
Sax Rohmer
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
Peter Scolari
Dick Shawn
Red Skelton
Hal Sparks
Stan Laurel
Stan Lee
Jim Steranko
Steve Martin
James Stewart
Ed Sullivan
Allen Swift
Max Terhune
Rudy Vallee
Dick Van Patten
W. C. Fields
Lisa Ann Walter
Orson Welles
Marshall P. Wilder
William Edwin Self
Willie Nelson
Carnie Wilson
Kimberly Wyatt
Ed Wynn
Rob Zabrecky

Dick Van Dyke
Charles Dickens
Marlene Dietrich
Douglas Fairbanks
Arthur Conan Doyle
Bob Dunn
Nathan East

Wyatt Earp
Edmund Wilson
Bob Einstein
Jenna Elfman
Sid Fleischman
Fry and Laurie
Martin Gardner
Richard Garriott
Jeff Goldblum
Gorgeous George
Cary Grant
William Lindsay Gresham
Merv Griffin
Arsenio Hall
Neil Hamilton
Neil Patrick Harris
Rita Hayworth
Richard Himber
Lou Holtz
C. Thomas Howell
Ib Jorgen Melchior
Michael Jackson
Joan Rivers
John Dickson Carr
Victor Jory
Jules Fisher
Bert Kalmar

Boris Karloff
Fred Keating
Buster Keaton
Ernie Kovacs
Veronica Lake
Larry Fong
Larry Sloman
Jack Lemmon
Jerry Lewis
Harold Lloyd
David Lovering
Edmund Lowe

Bela Lugosi

Frank W. Abagnale
Jason Alexander
Muhammad Ali
Woody Allen
Jeff Altman
Harry Anderson
Anna May Wong
Ant
Art Baker
Carroll Baker
Lucille Ball
Carl Ballantine
Barbara Stanwyck
Orson Bean
Roberto Benigni
Edgar Bergen
Milton Berle
Joe Besser
Bill Bixby
Bob Barker
Ray Bradbury
Adrien Brody
George Bush Sr.
Bushwalla
Ruth Buzzi
Nicolas Cage
Michael Caine
Carl Kassell
Carleton Carpenter
David Carradine
Lewis Carroll
Johnny Carson
Dick Cavett
Greg Chamitoff
Ronald Colman
Johnny Coulon
Homer Croy
Alan Cumming
Tony Curtis
Ben Curtin
Dan Frischman
Daniel Stashower
David Pogue
Jeffery Deaver
Dom DeLuise

John Denver