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Topic: The most elegant magician
Message: Posted by: dan84 (Jan 18, 2005 08:55AM)
Who would you say are the most elegant performers? I would say Guy Hollingworth, Michael Vincent and Derren Brown.
Message: Posted by: Reis O'Brien (Jan 18, 2005 09:00AM)
Mike Walton... without a doubt!
Message: Posted by: Canvey Card Sharp (Jan 18, 2005 09:10AM)
Fred Kaps & Channing Pollock.
Message: Posted by: eryanic (Jan 18, 2005 09:17AM)
I've not seen many magicians perform, but so far, Jean Pierre Vallarino
Message: Posted by: T. Joseph O'Malley (Jan 18, 2005 09:31AM)
Gotta be J. Sankey.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jan 18, 2005 10:18AM)
Elegant magicians seem to be out of fashion. Call me old fashioned but I love to see an elegant magician performinig elegant magic.
Message: Posted by: ziatro (Jan 18, 2005 10:19AM)
If anyone performed more elegantly than Channing Pollock I have yet to see them.
Message: Posted by: dan84 (Jan 18, 2005 10:23AM)
Jay Sankey are you joking???
Message: Posted by: Pablo Tejero (Jan 18, 2005 10:27AM)
If we are talking about cardmagic, and I suppose it because this is a forum called "Pick a card any card", my vote will go to:

Jean Pierre Vallarino

Also my friend Rafael Benatar is a very elegant close-up magician too.

Of course if we talk about other areas of magic, more names should appear, like Channing Pollock, Lance Burton, Fred Kaps, and others.

But the most elegant cardmagician IMO is Vallarino.

All the best magic,

Pablo Tejero :bikes:
Message: Posted by: T. Joseph O'Malley (Jan 18, 2005 10:33AM)
On 2005-01-18 11:23, dan84 wrote:
Jay Sankey are you joking???
Oh no, I'm totally serious.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jan 18, 2005 10:35AM)
"Jean Pierre Vallarino" Cool name, very elegant.
Message: Posted by: marko (Jan 18, 2005 10:46AM)
Tommy Wonder
Message: Posted by: Mrbimble (Jan 18, 2005 10:50AM)
Are we talking more recent preformers or any? I've seen many taped preformances of Cardini. With his white gloves and monicle, and of course great skills in manipulation. Now that's elegance!
Message: Posted by: Alejandro Peterson (Jan 18, 2005 10:57AM)
Pegachin without doubt
Message: Posted by: owen.daniel (Jan 18, 2005 10:59AM)
Are you by any chance English? Just seein as you listed only british magicians!

I would say that Rene Lavand is pretty elegant...his magic is brilliant as well!
Jean Pierre Vallarino is very elegant also, and it is interesting to see how he blends this with his humour. His friend Carlos Vaquera also has a very strong and hansom (if that's a suitable word) way of performing.
But at the top has to be Armando, especially when doing his coin routine...another person who makes the matrix routine elegant is Shoot Ogawa, and Dean Dill!
Message: Posted by: TheGreatDane (Jan 18, 2005 11:41AM)
How about Steve Cohen of Chamber Magic fame? I just saw his show on Friday and it was the very definition of elegance! It was also easily one of the best magical performance (or any kind of performance for that matter!) that I've seen. Ever.
Message: Posted by: Mark Ennis (Jan 18, 2005 11:53AM)
Mike Skinner, Rafael Benatar, Michael Vincent
Message: Posted by: Carlos Lacuna (Jan 18, 2005 11:56AM)
Channing Pollock
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 18, 2005 12:47PM)
Fantasio, Lance Burton....
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Jan 18, 2005 03:09PM)
Having seen him perform live, I'll second Rene Lavand.

From photos I'd say Channing Pollock looks elegant.
Message: Posted by: Close.Up.Dave (Jan 18, 2005 03:16PM)
Guy Hollingworth
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Jan 18, 2005 03:21PM)
Martin Nash and Silvano come to mind
Message: Posted by: Laban (Jan 18, 2005 03:23PM)
On 2005-01-18 11:33, T. Joseph O'Malley wrote:
On 2005-01-18 11:23, dan84 wrote:
Jay Sankey are you joking???
Oh no, I'm totally serious.
In that case. I'll have to add Lee Asher. :)
Message: Posted by: Dino Bondesan (Jan 18, 2005 04:12PM)
In cards, Vallarino, Lavand.

Stage, Burton.
Message: Posted by: Mustang (Jan 18, 2005 04:34PM)
Charles Bertram was very elegant in performance... I would have to say Derren Brown (when he is forced to do Card Magic) works with a finesse that is indescribable... however Guy Hollingworth (unfortunately for Derren) is in a world of his own.
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Jan 18, 2005 05:49PM)
Ricky Jay, Jean Pierre Vallarino, and Tommy Wonder
Message: Posted by: James Watkins (Jan 18, 2005 06:09PM)
I am going to be the first to say David Regal and Harry Lorayne, as well as Jean Pierre Vallarino. David and Harry are by far my favorites!

James Watkins
Message: Posted by: Dorian Rhodell (Jan 18, 2005 06:16PM)
Shimada maybe???
Message: Posted by: VBall (Jan 18, 2005 06:17PM)
On 2005-01-18 16:16, David Ranalli wrote:
Guy Hollingworth
He has my vote too.
Message: Posted by: toonomads (Jan 18, 2005 06:59PM)
Salvano, Rene Lavand
Message: Posted by: Logan (Jan 19, 2005 02:28AM)
Lance Burton, Vallarino, Copperfield (yes, Copperfield)
Message: Posted by: JackTrumper (Jan 19, 2005 03:21AM)
Message: Posted by: Logan Five (Jan 19, 2005 03:54AM)
No one mentioned Richard Ross ?
Message: Posted by: JoaoPedro (Jan 19, 2005 06:07AM)
Guy Hollingworth
Vallarino (he does ballet with cards! However I don't like the way he dresses...not that elegant :P !)
David Souza (a young portuguese magician..one of the best on manipulation!)
Lance Burton

Maybe René Lavand but I also hate the way he dresses.... :P

And the winner is....Guy Hollingworth without a shadow of a doubt!
Message: Posted by: Juble (Jan 19, 2005 06:09AM)
Rafael Benatar as his video series suggests.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Loh (Jan 19, 2005 07:47AM)
I would say Guy Hollingworth! :)

Andrew Loh
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Jan 20, 2005 01:18PM)
Hollingworth, pollock, Burton, levand, McBride
Message: Posted by: Christopher Williams (Jan 20, 2005 01:57PM)
Channing Pollock
Fred Kaps
Shoot Ogawa
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Jan 23, 2005 03:13AM)
I heard Benatar name mentioned in here I was wondering if anyone here knows where to get what is needed to perform his Removed signature from his first Elegant card magic series?
Message: Posted by: Review King (Jan 23, 2005 03:31AM)
Guy Hollingworth. He looks like he could pour tea for the queen!
Message: Posted by: Laughing Otter (Jan 23, 2005 05:44AM)
Message: Posted by: dan84 (Jan 23, 2005 09:02AM)
Owen, yes I am English and you are right can't believe I didn't put Levand in and Vernon for that matter.
Message: Posted by: Mesquita (Jan 23, 2005 09:55AM)
Of course there is JEAN PIERRE VALLARINO!! Just look he holds the cards! :)
Message: Posted by: rannie (Jan 23, 2005 09:58AM)
Not in any order....
Tommy Wonder

and maybe a dozen out there waiting to get the big break.


Message: Posted by: Rennie (Jan 23, 2005 11:08AM)
On 2005-01-18 19:09, JamesW wrote:
I am going to be the first to say David Regal and Harry Lorayne, as well as Jean Pierre Vallarino. David and Harry are by far my favorites!

James Watkins
James I definitely agree with David Regal & Harry Lorayne being two of my favorites, saw Harry lecture many years ago and it was one of the bect lectures I ever attended. David Regal is a very creative mind in magic.Adding to the list of elegant I would agree with many above,
1 - Channing Pollack
2 - Fred Kaps
3 - Martin Nash
4 - I would like to add Slydini also.
Message: Posted by: green (Jan 23, 2005 01:12PM)
Fred Kaps
Message: Posted by: Mediaman15775 (Jan 23, 2005 01:21PM)
I would have to say Tommy Wonder
Message: Posted by: Aerie24 (Feb 10, 2005 08:13AM)
Benatar, Salvano
Message: Posted by: SHOC (Feb 12, 2005 02:25PM)
Male - Dimmare
Female - Juliana Chen
Message: Posted by: Nick Wait (Feb 15, 2005 03:17PM)
Message: Posted by: Doc Dixon (Feb 15, 2005 07:33PM)
Message: Posted by: Elliott Hodges (Feb 18, 2005 02:16PM)
Channing pollock, channing pollock, channing pollock, channing pollock, channing pollock, channing pollock.
Need I say any more?
I have seen a video of guy hollingworth dealing himself four aces randomly spaced out in the middle of a pack.
I wouldn't say you can be elegant with close up cards but I would describe hollingworth as clean, polished and an a guy with good patter
Message: Posted by: tenyoguy (Feb 18, 2005 07:12PM)
Norm Nielsen
Message: Posted by: damien666 (Feb 28, 2005 12:47AM)
I would agree with Jay Sankey and add Sylvester the Jester for elegance - The way he rips his eyeballs out is like poetry...
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Mar 7, 2005 10:08AM)
John Calvert
Martin Nash
Message: Posted by: evolve629 (Apr 9, 2005 04:18PM)
I vote for Martin Sanderson, Cody Fisher, and David Regal (not in order).
Message: Posted by: RS1963 (Apr 10, 2005 02:40PM)
For me My list is this Michael Skinner, Fred Kaps, John Calvert.
Message: Posted by: malini (Apr 11, 2005 06:54AM)
Doc Dixon got it in one.

Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Apr 11, 2005 06:43PM)
I guess no one here has seen SILVAN, from Rome, Italy...

Right there with:

Message: Posted by: nostrings (Apr 12, 2005 11:37AM)
Kaps all the way it is a shame he died befoer I was born but watching the footage I have to say Kaps all the way
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Apr 23, 2005 11:29PM)
Mercer Helms

Johnny Thompson

Tony Slydini

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Mina (Apr 24, 2005 08:01PM)
I would have to say Jhonny Ace Palmer and Jay Sankey, Yes I said it to :) Jay Sankey. He maybe goofy and off the wall but if anyone has seen his card and or coin work he is truly elegant and not to mention one of the nicest magicians around :D
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Apr 26, 2005 03:09PM)
Channing Pollock
Jeff McBride
Martin Nash
have all been said..

How about Mandrake the Magician? Leon was wonderful to watch.
Message: Posted by: sullivanl (Apr 30, 2005 12:43PM)
For contemporary magicians I would say Vallarino and Hollingworth. Of the ancients, probably Polluck and Cardini.
Message: Posted by: entity (May 15, 2005 11:06AM)
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned James Dimmarre. His "Fred Astaire" act was extremely elegant, and played all over the world.

- entity
Message: Posted by: Angela (May 21, 2005 11:38AM)
Channing Pollock, Jean Pierre Vallarino, Guy Hollingworth...

and what about the girls? Jade, Luna Shemada, Galena, and Juliana Chen.
Message: Posted by: cardone (Jun 9, 2005 10:15PM)
Jeff Sheridan, Losander. Marvin Roy .Guy Hollingworth...Lance Burton Cardini and
Richiardi Jr.
Message: Posted by: FLIM-FLAM (Jun 16, 2005 11:58PM)
Lance Burton
David Copperfield
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jun 22, 2005 04:11AM)
Y'know, you wouldn't think "Guy Hollingsworth" was that common a name. I just did a Google search of it and found some odd graph that didn't make a lot of sense and a notice about the Texaco Eurasian Chairman who's name was "Guy Hollingsworth."
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Jun 23, 2005 10:39AM)
Also, anybody mention Juliana Chen? Now THERE'S elegance in motion!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jul 8, 2005 07:40PM)
Mr. Siegfried Fischbacher. Such grace.
And Teller.
Message: Posted by: Beth (Jul 9, 2005 04:59PM)
Hmmmmmm Lance Burton...Luna Shemada, and Galena get my vote:)
Message: Posted by: The Scary Librarian (Jul 9, 2005 07:55PM)
Siegfried Fischbacher. He has grace, poise, and class.
Message: Posted by: Justin McWilliams (Jul 10, 2005 12:30AM)
What, no mention of David Blaine? How cliche.
Message: Posted by: Chris Bristow (Jul 16, 2005 12:41PM)
Tommy Wonder
Channing Pollock
Message: Posted by: Justin McWilliams (Jul 22, 2005 07:20AM)
Yes I was kidding about the blaine thing, but you know who's really working there way into my liking and I think of him as being elegant?

Criss Angel

Just watch the show (Mindfreak) Yes he dresses somewhat differently has the long hair and black make up but wath him in action. Sure some of his effects might come off as being slightly grotesque however watch him in action.

The Smoothness, the ease of listening to him speaking, highly trained sleight and close up and an excellent ability to pull off illusions as well as very unique performance. Top qualities in elegance right there.

There it is that's my vote
Message: Posted by: hypnoman1 (Jul 22, 2005 06:35PM)
Channing Pollock
Message: Posted by: Mike Brezler (Jul 30, 2005 06:07PM)
For me it's a toss-up between Rene Lavand and Ricky Jay.
Message: Posted by: Mr.P (Oct 26, 2005 07:44PM)
Message: Posted by: Daveandrews (Oct 26, 2005 08:21PM)
Johnny Hart had a certain sort of elegance.

Best of,

Message: Posted by: ChinaMan (Nov 21, 2005 11:09AM)
I would have to say:

Jay Scott Berry
Tommy Wonder
Message: Posted by: Verricobl (Jan 17, 2006 03:31AM)
I'd vote for Lance Burton, David Copperfield, and Derren Brown!
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jan 17, 2006 09:03AM)
I am depressed. No one has mentioned "Bill Malone!, Bill Malone!, Bill Malone!"

Oh, I'm sorry!...We were talking Elegant. :winker:

Ricky Jay for chutzpah and linguistic dexterity!

Jean Pierre Vallarino for cards!

James Dimmare for stage!

Bill Witt for coins! (You've probably never heard of him!)


Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: silverking (Jan 20, 2006 10:01AM)
Alan Wakeling
Juliana Chen
Ricky Jay

All fne artists, elegant, and I'd give anything, at any time, to go see the Ricky and Juliana, and I'll forever regret not being old enough to see Alan Wakeling when he performed near my home town so many years ago.

And then there's Lance Burton, who has defined elegance in magic without a break since we all first saw him on Johnny Carson, and he continues to define it without fail, onstage and off.
Message: Posted by: Allan Olive (Feb 15, 2006 09:12AM)
Guy Hollingworth - Drawing Room Deceptions was even elegantly written,
Message: Posted by: Mago Gregorio (Feb 21, 2006 08:18PM)
I'm surprised that nobody mentionned Juan Tamariz !

:bikes: :bluebikes: :bikes:
Message: Posted by: Nala Nosmoht (Feb 22, 2006 09:09AM)
On 2005-01-18 11:23, dan84 wrote:
Jay Sankey are you joking???
[/quote].... Wow!! my sentiments exactly. That could be the joke of the day!
Message: Posted by: spencinator (Feb 23, 2006 07:20PM)
I would say lance Burton, david oliver, ice mcdonald, channing pallock, scott hitchcock, jeff McBride and of course... Frank Brents
Message: Posted by: spencinator (Feb 23, 2006 07:23PM)
Dear FLIM-FLAM david Copperfield is not an elegant performer at all, in fact he is pretty layed back.

Message: Posted by: Eduardo (Apr 13, 2006 03:22PM)
Armando Vera has a respectable elegance in close-up performance...
In stage Fred Kaps
Message: Posted by: Rupert Bair (Jun 28, 2007 03:18PM)
Lennert Green, he handles those cards with grace my friends! ;)
Message: Posted by: mattmccoy (Jun 29, 2007 10:20PM)
-Lance Burton


Matt McCoy
Message: Posted by: Brian Turntime (Jul 4, 2007 09:01PM)
John Hirokawa deserves to be on this list.
Message: Posted by: Blindside785 (Jul 5, 2007 08:12PM)
Derren Brown
Message: Posted by: jbk2006 (Jul 6, 2007 11:02PM)
Curtis kam....his coin work is true magic...oh and jason latamire....his glass cups had me with just the music.lol.

Message: Posted by: Marcus001 (Jul 8, 2007 02:08PM)
If we're just considering contemporary magicians I would assert that Michael Vincent is right up there with the very best. He's articulate, always immaculately dressed, not someone who embarasses his spectator or spews out cheesy one liners but insteads presents his tricks with intelligence.
Message: Posted by: Justin Style (Jul 8, 2007 02:24PM)
Justin Style.

[i]Magic Magazine[/i], June, 1999: From a review of the 4-F convention:...Justin Style, Relaxed yet [b]Elegant[/b].

Not my words, Theirs!

just saying...
Message: Posted by: Lawrens Godon (Jul 8, 2007 03:23PM)
Cards, close-up > my friend Jean-Pierre Vallarino for sure!
Stage > DiMare, Pollock, KAPS, Wonder...
Message: Posted by: The Cardfather (Aug 16, 2007 12:30AM)
Rich Bloch in my book is class incarnate. Even without the tux his voice is commanding yet elegant. He's my pick.
Message: Posted by: Nathan Hastings (Aug 20, 2007 09:55PM)
Lance Burton is definately the most elegant contemporary magician, but if you're talking about in all of history, I think it would be terribly hard to top Cardini.
Message: Posted by: BenHFarrar (Aug 21, 2007 06:56AM)
David Sousa
Message: Posted by: spencerpeterson (Sep 2, 2007 07:24AM)
DAVID STONE!!!!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: daviaac (Sep 3, 2007 01:19PM)
I second david stone especially when it comes to any of his brilliant coin work
Message: Posted by: drhackenbush (Sep 4, 2007 10:24AM)
Magic Devlin, the Rock & Roll Magician. He does amazing things with spandex.
Message: Posted by: jonxodus (Sep 7, 2007 08:30AM)
Im biased...its a race thing, Cyril Takayama
Message: Posted by: deputata (Jun 12, 2009 04:04PM)
I can't believe what is the understanding of the word "elegant" with most of the people.So Criss Angel and Teller are more elegant than Norm Nielsen,who was mentioned in this topic only once?????!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: magicalaurie (Jun 15, 2009 03:53PM)
I'll add Giacomo Bertini.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jun 17, 2009 03:35PM)
Lance Burton.
Channing Pollock.
Reed McClintock.
Anyone who thinks Teller isn't an elegant performer has never seen "Silverfish" or his rose routine.
Message: Posted by: mumford (Jun 17, 2009 04:13PM)
I agree with Teller and Lance, plus Fred Kaps, Norm Nielsen, Richard Ross, Channing Pollock, Paul Potassy, Cardini, Mr. Electric.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jun 17, 2009 04:18PM)
I would add Neil Foster and Cardini to my list as well.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jun 19, 2009 01:40PM)
Norm Nielsen is on there too. Sorry, I know I keep going on about this one.
My favorite card routines with the multiple card productions are:
1. Norm Nielsen
2. Lance Burton
3. Jeff McBride
I know that's just my opinion and very arguable, but there it is.
Message: Posted by: magicmatt (Aug 13, 2009 11:59AM)
Channing Pollock
Guy Hollingworth
Lance Burton
Message: Posted by: hbwolkov (Aug 21, 2009 05:37PM)
Fred Kaps,Channing Pollack and Tommy Wonder get my vote.
Message: Posted by: dsalley13 (Aug 26, 2009 12:27PM)
Tommy Wonder, Dale Salwak, and my personal favorite, Jay Scott Berry.

Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Aug 27, 2009 07:19AM)
Channing Pollock
Guy Hollingworth
Jay Scott Berry
Lance Burton
John Carney
René Lavand with *****
Message: Posted by: magicbern (Aug 28, 2009 04:14AM)
For me: Lance Burton, James Dinmare, Geoffrey Buckingham, Norm Neilsen
Message: Posted by: Servaas Koomen (Oct 3, 2009 12:29PM)
For me its rocco silano
Message: Posted by: dbuckalew (Oct 10, 2009 06:57PM)
Channing Pollock
Guy Hollingworth
Tommy Wonder
Message: Posted by: NathanManipulation (Aug 4, 2010 04:11PM)
No one's said Richard Ross enough so I'll add in his name. ;D He provided one of the most elegant linking rings routine ever!
Message: Posted by: drezmagic (Aug 19, 2010 12:04PM)
The most elegant magician is...

TOMMY WONDER! - I cant believe not many people mentioned him.

also, Derren Brown and Guy Hollingworth.
Message: Posted by: volto (Mar 22, 2011 09:07AM)
Of current performers, surely Derren Brown has to be the most elegant? The theatricality of his live shows is incredible. The staging is luxurious and beautifully put together. And don't forget the full formal evening dress. A good measure of a performer's elegance should be whether he looks comfortable in his costume. In Derren's case, he's so comfortable you don't even notice anything strange about it.

In terms of grace, I think Ponta has to be the most graceful performer out there. Incredible economy of movement and smoothness. I'd love to see him in person.

In terms of charm, though, I think the US carries it with Whit Haydn, or more specifically Pop Haydn. There's a real old-world elegance and warmth about Pop. You're happy when he fools you; that's hard to achieve.
Message: Posted by: Bugatti (Apr 4, 2011 03:45PM)
Yes, Derren Brown knows how to dress like a Gentleman and talks rather sophisticated, thus impressing the audience, but Channing Pollock and Cardini were "old school" Gentlemen. Still I like Derren for being "old-fashioned"; acting in his own typical way. I wonder whether he is one of the "last unicorns", considering that most magicians of my generation apparently have to wear a basecap, baggy-pants and do street magic...
Message: Posted by: lchan (Oct 29, 2012 06:02PM)
Guy Hollingworth, Tommy Wonder, Channing Pollock, Cyril Takayama comes to mind when it comes to elegant magic.
Message: Posted by: Magic-Scott (Oct 31, 2012 08:30AM)
Jean Pierre Vallarino and Steve Cohen
Message: Posted by: spcarlson (Nov 4, 2012 05:18PM)
Keeping in my area of expertise, close-up, my vote goes to

Michael Vincent
Jean-Pierre Vallarino

Elegance and high class all the way!
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Nov 12, 2012 03:42PM)
On 2005-01-18 09:55, dan84 wrote:
Who would you say are the most elegant performers? I would say Guy Hollingworth, Michael Vincent and Derren Brown.

Derren for sure.