(August 12, 1956- )
Wrote 'Amazing Tricks and Illusions of All Time,' 'Amazing World of Magic,' 'Typing by Design,' 'So That's How They Do It: Tricks and Illusions of the World's Greatest Magicians' and '101 Greatest Magic Secrets Exposed'
Created 'Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed' series of specials for Fox
Set Guinness record for fastest escape from a straight jacket, surpassing Houdini
Why he might be annoying
He wrote a book giving away David Copperfield's magic secrets. Copperfield sued him for $30 million and lost.
The magic community is upset because they spend a lot of time, money and creativity to invent illusions that he exposes, making them virtually useless.
Why he might not be annoying
He wrote: 'Don't look back and ask why, look forward and ask, why not.'
He invented a technology allowing video to be broadcast on the internet.
He showed the mass audience the elaborate deception necessary for a magic illusion to work.
He satisfies the curiosity surrounding how magic illusions are done.
He wrote books ranging from John Lennon to teaching how to type.
He assisted David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer in their successful lawsuit against Paris Match Magazine (Match had falsely claimed that David Copperfield and Claudia Schiffer were not a couple).
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Year In Review:
For 2013, as of last week, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 23 Votes: 39.13% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 97 Votes: 59.79% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 111 Votes: 56.76% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 37 Votes: 40.54% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 38 Votes: 47.37% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 99 Votes: 53.54% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 113 Votes: 61.95% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 248 Votes: 48.39% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 235 Votes: 63.83% Annoying
In 2003, Out of 206 Votes: 53.88% Annoying
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