The best magician I have seen so far since I am born is David Copperfield. I think he is retired but I wonder if he taught any disciples to continue on his legacy ? Nowadays David Blaine and Criss Angel seems to hog the news in US.
I still remember Copperfield levitation magic when a big circle is crossed over him and then a white dove flew and rest upon his fingers before he slowly descend down from the air to the stage!
Another small snippet is at a beach one fellow show off a trick by using a towel to cover both legs and then slowly raise the towel up to reveal only one leg. Copperfield repeat the same gesture but this time raising up the towel both legs are "missing"