Magic is one societies earliest forms of performing art. Originating in the early 19th century, magic and magic shows are now embedded in our everyday culture. World touring magicians, high-grossing tv shows and theatre performances emphasise the general public's thirst to be astounded. Magic evokes feelings of innocence, provoking feelings of awe and wonder in even the greatest cynic. In the upcoming article, we are going to discuss celebrities that are also proficient magicians; how they discovered their fondness of magic and how their love for the magical craft has furthered their iconic careers.
##1) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, comedian, producer and writer. Best known for his portrayals of Doogie Howser (Doogie Howser M.D.) and Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother), Neil Patrick Harris has also hosted in Tony Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards and Academy Awards. Neil Patrick Harris won the prestigious Tannen's Magic Louis Award in 2006, hosted the World Magic Awards in 2008, and previously served as the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle. The Emmy-Award winning actor has recently brought out his own range of magic-themed children's books, The Magic Misfits. Neil Patrick Harris utilised his knowledge of magic whilst starring in How I met Your Mother, Glee and American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Nigel Mansell is a British former racing driver, winning the 1992 F1 World Championship and the 1993 CART IndyCar World Series. In 2005, Nigel Mansell was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. He is also the President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and Vice President of the British Racing and Sports Car Club, a position he has held since 1987. Following a horror crash at LeMons in 2010, Nigel Mansell was left unable to talk properly or remember his loved ones. The F1 legend set about learning magic, to help regain his cognitive functions- 'Learning magic was a key part of me being able to make a full recovery – and lead the normal life I do today.' Now a member of the Magic Circle, Nigel Mansell has performed on a variety of TV programs.
Muhammed Ali was a former American professional boxer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential sportspeople of the 20th century and one of the greatest boxers of all time. Muhammed Ali also greatly enjoyed sleight of hand magic, hiring a professional magician to accompany him as he toured. His interest in the craft even prompted praise from iconic magician David Copperfield in 2012. Both Muhammed Ali and David Copperfield refined the 'classic levitation trick,' both utilising their bodyguards and general entourage to make the trick even more impressive.
Steve Martin is a luminary American actor, comedian, musician and filmmaker. He has won 5 Grammy Awards, 2 People's Choice Awards, one Primetime Emmy, and an Honorary Academy Award. Steve Martin has always had an interest in magic, working at a magic shop in Disneyland during his youth. He went onto develop a comedy magic act under the guise of 'The Great Flydini.' The Great Flydini performed on The Tonight Show, The Last Resort and Back To The Rose Garden. Steve Martin's interest in magic undoubtedly influenced his brand of charismatic comedy we all know and love.
Woody Allen is an American director, actor and writer. The multi-Academy Award winner is known for Annie Hall, Manhattan, Match Point and Blue Jasmine, amongst countless others. He has won 4 Academy Awards, 9 British Film Academy Awards, the BAFTA Fellowship, and Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Award. Woody Allen is a devoted magic enthusiast, primarily enjoying card and dice magic. A great number of his movies involve magic in some shape or form.
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