Celebrities That Are Also Magicians

The list of celebrities that also dabble in a bit of magic is longer than you might think. We’ve assembled a list of some of the ones that might surprise you and also included some clips where we could find them.

Surprising dove act Prince Charles has recorded no videos performing, but is a member of The Magic Circle! He did The Cups And Balls for his audition.

Sadly we couldn’t find a clip of Arsenio Hall as a teenager, because he used to do a dove act! Here’s the proof!

Sure, you’re probably aware that Steve Martin did some magic tricks, but we’ve found a clip from his first appearance on Carson in 1973 doing a trick with playing cards (we’ve linked to the timecode where the trick starts, but it’s well worth seeing the whole clip for the bits with dogs - you have to see it to understand)!

Neil Patrick Harris hasn’t hidden his love of magic from anyone, but it’s always good to see him perform a magic trick. His acting chops really do make his magic so entertaining and engaging.

Mohammed Ali was a legend in the ring, but also a huge magic fan and loved to show people close-up tricks whenever he could.

As you can see, most of the people here are doing sleight of hand as that's a good way to go when you want to learn magic tricks to amaze your friends. Sure, you can do mentalism or coin magic, but just regular, old-fashion sleights is a good way to get the basics of card magic down pat if youw ant to learn card tricks!

Here's some video clips of famous celebrities sharing their magic skills.

Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry

Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry performing a trick on the old British talk show, Wogan.

Stephen Fry

If the quality of that clip is too low for you, here’s Stephen Fry again, in much better quality:

Eddie Redmayne & Benedict Cumberbatch

Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch performing on the British TV show The Graham Norton Show

Chris Pratt

Chris does performing, also on The Graham Norton Show

Neil Patrick Harris

Wowing the crowd on The Late Late Show With James Corden

Muhammad Ali

Footage from the documentary Muhammad and Larry (27 Oct. 2009)

Adrien Brody

During an interview promoting Houdini on Today, Adrien busts out a trick.

Johnny Carson

On the MDA Telethon back in 1971

Steve Martin

This is from 1973 and is Steve's first appearance on TV.

Celebrities that are into magic include:

  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Jason Alexander
  • Steve Martin
  • Arsenio Hall
  • JJ Abrams
  • Adrien Brody
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Cary Grant
  • Orson Welles
  • Woody Allen
  • Eric Stonestreet
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Jon Dorenbos

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