Ellen DeGeneres has been very friendly to magic on her talk show and this week was no different, with Eric Ross on the program. In no particular order, and with no disrespect to those who have performed very well on the show and did not make the list, are five of our favorite magic moments.

James Galea’s “Sam The Bellhop”

In his American television debut, Galea demolishes Ellen and juices the audience with an extremely polished routine that maximizes the hallmark of Ellen magic success, the incredulous “screw you, how’d you do that?” look of the astonished host.

Criss Angel’s Halloween Mentalism

Criss tends to repeat a lot of his talk show appearance routines (a symptom of doing so gosh darn many of them, no doubt) so we are partial to this spooky Halloween flavor of his mentalism routine.

Neil Patrick Harris’ imitation of Hans Klok’s Spiker

If there is one man who uniquely defines Ellen’s magic content it’s probably NPH. The award winning actor and Magic Castle board member has saved his biggest illusions for Ellen’s stage and expertly mixes his sly humor and celebrity into his performances.

Full disclosure: we wanted to post his boldest magic appearance, which ended with his head “accidentally” getting chopped off by a guillotine, but we couldn’t find a full embeddable video.

Mike Jacobson’s impromptu frying with Invisible Deck

Another very unique performance saw Champion of the Proletariat DeGeneres fishing talented audience members from their seats and asking them to perform on stage. One of them was Mike Jacobson who did a a better job with zero preparation than many who have weeks to get their ducks in a row.

Mike also benefited from a very engaged Ellen who vamped a bit during her shuffling of the Invisible Deck.

Shawn Farquhar’s daughter-enhanced close-up routine.

One of the ingredients we often find missing with magic routines is humanity. Farquhar does a nice job of setting up the idea of his daughter early in the interview so by the time her picture is used as a kicker, the familiarity spices up the revelation. Very cool.

Disagree? Did we miss any? Comment it up!

  • HAL

    Could you please post something beside all these #@&#ing CARD TRICKS???????
    Can’t these magicians afford any props beside a $2.98 deck of cards? We know how the trick will end….It’s BORING..I would think even Ellen would get tired of the same thing.

  • HAL

    Could you please post something beside all these #@&#ing CARD TRICKS???????
    Can’t these magicians afford any props beside a $2.98 deck of cards? We know how the trick will end….It’s BORING..I would think even Ellen would get tired of the same thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crowgarrettmagic Crow Garrett

    FIF does make a great point. If you dont like something then dont watch it. 4 out of 5 of these videos I can tell are card effects just by reading the names of them. Your the one that chose to press play. Quit blaming the magician cuss you can keep from watching…

  • http://www.facebook.com/crowgarrettmagic Crow Garrett

    FIF does make a great point. If you dont like something then dont watch it. 4 out of 5 of these videos I can tell are card effects just by reading the names of them. Your the one that chose to press play. Quit blaming the magician cuss you can keep from watching…

  • HAL

    I understand your comment about FIF, as it seems she agrees with you 100% of the time. There have been other comments about all the card tricks.

    I think I’m right in saying, the real successful magicians don’t rely on card tricks. How often do you see Copperfield do them? The less successful ones that do private parties, etc rely on them, I guess it’s a lot cheaper than doing illusions, but won’t make you famous.

    All I’m suggesting is, if you’re going to post magic videos, why does 80% have to be one thing. Compare it to a TV service….HBO doesn’t broadcast 80% Westerns, comedies, war movies, etc. A little variety goes a long way.

  • FriendinFlorida

    Now ur crying that it should be more TV like?…..Pick a side man..u make me dizzy w/ all ur hate. And, for the record, a watch is a clock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crowgarrettmagic Crow Garrett

    Wow! I was going to try to answer to this comment that you made in a civil manner HAL but it’s just too ignorant and stupid to even think about. When did you become such a professional man to know what is going to make a magician successful? And don’t give me that crap that you know as a spectator what is enjoyable. Not long ago you gave me crap for supposedly speaking on behalf of everyone. What are you doing now?

    Alright Ill bite, David Copperfield out of the 37 year career you can find on him through the internet. Start to type out his name on BING.com the second suggestion you will get is “DAVID COPPERFIELD CARD TRICK”. On YouTube if you search his name 17th video down at the moment is “David Copperfield Cards Trick ilizyon”. Do not tell me Copperfield doesn’t rely on card tricks. He gave the time an effort to study card mechanics to gain respect from the community of magicians. That’s why Copperfield is liked. Unlike most magicians who focus on one side of the art he studies all sides and practices all sides of the art.

    Want to know why card tricks seam to be an art dominated by western couture? Its not that people in Asian or other European cultures don’t have the interest in Card effects, its more along the lines that in some of these places one deck of cards will cost up to the equivalent of an American $13. So they tend to focus on sides to the art that you can get your hands on easier then other materials needed to practice like coin…

    Quit thinking HAL that you know everything about the art. You are very disrespectful. You have yet to even prove that you know how to work YouTube. Maybe if you took some time to humble your self and quit making drastic conclusions and theories maybe we will give you the respect you so desperately seek…

  • Banester

    FIF I think he is implying that you need a variety. I agree, a magician should have a little depth; however, there are quite a few people that only perform card tricks (Bill Malone, Michael Ammar) and they do an awesome job! How many of them do you expect to have there only Vegas show or television special though?

    I love card handling, but after a while I find it boring as well, a variety helps break that up.

    DC brought in his shrinker to several live shows which won’t fit in your pocket ;) . Cyril mixes up what he does on live shows (interviews) as well. So it can be done!

  • JustinM

    There are alot of magicians who are successful just using cards. Ever heard of Ricky Jay? David Blaine used cards alot during his specials. There is endless possibilities with a deck of cards.

  • Banester

    Yes, but not soley based on cards even Ricky does other things besides cards. Ok, how did we get to this point of discussion LOL!?!

    So for the record lets see something other than cards on TV appearences if anyone is listening who plans on being on TV real soon ;)

  • Guest

    Crow Garrett those aren’t David Copperfield’s hands.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crowgarrettmagic Crow Garrett
  • HAL

    Please tell what these endless possibilities are. IMO, there are very few.

    Pick a card, find a card. No matter where the card shows up, it’s still the same trick.

    Manipulate cards to appear in certain groups.
    Manipulate cards to appear.
    Change one card into another.

    Haven’t we seen these tricks a zillion times. It’s like wondering how the
    movie “Titanic” will end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crowgarrettmagic Crow Garrett

    HAL I apologize if my post from earlier in the week was offensive. I do get very apprehensive when it comes to the topic of magic, most of all if anyone discriminates against one from with out taking into consideration about the others.

    The truth is you are partially correct. There is a limit to what can be done in the presentation of a deck of cards. But please take into consideration the 8 basic proprieties in the art of Magic (illusion). When you take the whole art as one and break it down into its individual sections of the art this is what you get. Appear, Disappear, Transformation, Restoration, Teleportation, Escape, Levitation, Penetration & Prediction.

    Every effect that can ever be done in the art of magic can only fall into one of these categories. So really when you think about it Magic in all is every limited to what it can do. You say Card Effects are boring and un-original. In the community there are big numbers of people that think Coin Effects are worse. Really when you think about it there are a lot less things that you can do with coins then cards. What about Dove Magic? In one way or another to other people every dove act tends to look the same.

    This leads me to the idea that it’s not the effect that is boring or un-original but the presentation of the effect. That’s why I tell people all the time. Its one thing to be a magician, anyone can do magic tricks go to a magic shop and buy an effect. It another to be a performer.