Burt Wonderstone And The Top 10 Magicians Of All Time

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All Access Weekly is coming to you this week from South by Southwest. Our host Katie got a chance to sit down with Steve Carrell, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey to discuss their new movie "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." It's definitely worth watching, because Jim Carrey is right out of his damn mind...in a good way. We're going to guess it's all the enthusiasm he has for magic. Because hey, who doesn't like magic, other than cynical jerks and Superman (next to kryptonite it's his only other weakness)?

In anticipation of this weekend's release of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (in theaters this Friday), we decided to count down the top ten best magicians of all time.

10. Professor Hinkle from "Frosty the Snowman"

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There was in fact some magic in that old silk hat they found, which is a credit to the man it originally belonged to, Professor Hinkle. Unfortunately, the poor structure of his act led to the children roundly ignoring him. That and his inability to keep his magic hat from getting lost in the first place is what has him at the bottom of this list.

9. Reed Rothchild in "Boogie Nights"

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Who says you can't follow your dreams? In one of the best montages in film history, we see the lives of the characters from "Boogie Nights" after VHS guts the porno industry. Having seen success in film and music wither away, Reed Rothchild pursues his first love: magic. He also displays some excellent swordsmanship. With actual swords. That's not a euphemism.

8. Dr. Strange

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When Marvel's resident Sorcerer Supreme isn't astral projecting himself halfway across the world or fighting an inter-dimensional being whose head is on fire, we like to think he does birthday parties for the children of his teammates in The Avengers.

7. George Oscar Bluth in "Arrested Development"

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His passion for his craft almost makes up for his lack of grace onstage. He did, however, successfully make his father and a boat disappear. But don't call them tricks. They're illusions.

6. Siegfried & Roy

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They had a very, very long run of hanging out with tigers without getting attacked until one of them flipped out. It just goes to show you that "Life of Pi" is a total crock. Unlike Siefried & Roy, who are two of the hardest working dudes in the history of show business. They were also blinged out onstage wayyyyyy before it was the cool thing to do. Respect and props.

5. David Copperfield

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A true master. Copperfield, who makes a cameo in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," is synonymous with magic in much the same way Harry Houdini was in the early twentieth century. He also became a major television star at a time when magic had waned in popularity, scoring network specials and a supermodel wife. Not a bad trick illusion.

4. Penn & Teller

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Part of Penn & Teller's act included revealing how their illusions worked. Some magicians decried the practice, but if anything it only made their performances that much more intriguing. It showed the level of thought and skill that went into it. It may not have been magic in the literal sense, but even with the curtain pulled back, it was still pretty astounding.

3. Fruit Pie the Magician

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It was never explained why the mysterious Fruit Pie the Magician was the mascot for Hostess Fruit Pies, or exactly how magical he was. But that mystery only added to his aura. He was so mysterious that his real name remains unknown to this day, and Hostess itself simply referred to him as Fruit Pie the Magician. The fact that nobody has been inspired enough by this to use the moniker Human the Magician is kind of baffling.

2. Harry Houdini

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The man who made magic. Very few magicians from that era are still known, and only Houdini remains a household name. In addition to being a famed performer and something of a legend (so many myths surround him that it's nigh impossible to parse fact from fiction in assembling his biography), he was also a famed skeptic. Speaking of which...

1. Criss Angel

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Probably the most famous modern face of magic. Angel was able to be something akin to a "rock star" as a magician without it seeming forced or cheesy, which is no small feat. He's also, like Houdini before him, a skeptic who once confronted and debunked a fellow performer on national television who claimed to be an actual psychic. Angel most recently announced a partnership for a future program with Spike (HI CRISS!).

Is there anyone we left off this list? Of course there is. Feel free to yell at us in the comments.

Katie sits down with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Olivia Wilde from The Incredible Burt Wonderstone at SXSW 2013 and gets deep on what it takes to be an epic magician. Watch below!

SXSW 2013: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Extended Interview
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