9. Doug Henning
Although Doug Henning, the next in linr on the list of most successful magicians ever died in 2000 at the mere age of 52 following a battle with cancer, he didn’t fail to carve a name for himself in the magic world. When Henning was only 14, he carried out a few simple tricks at a friend’s party to entertain the audience. However, seeing their mesmerized reactions to his illusions, he got motivated to pursue a career in this field.
Later, he was provided with a grant of sorts from the Canada Council for the Arts on the condition that he would spend it to educate himself in magic, an act he performed passionately. His stage show “Spellbound” was a huge commercial success in Canada, and after it being brought to Broadway, Henning received a nomination for a Tony Award. In addition, Henning has had a TV special with NBC, has written a biography of the legendary Harry Houdini and has crafted tricks for the concerts of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.