From feats of endurance to mind-bending tricks and jaw-dropping slight of hand, our televisions have been home to many a brilliant magic show over the years.

From the traditional styles of Paul Daniels and Tommy Cooper to modern masters like David Blaine and Dynamo, we've all gasped at the small screen as the impossible appeared possible.

Next week Pete Firman, star of BBC One's The Magicians and stand-up comic, is bringing his Trickster show to Leeds' City Varieties, blending crowd-pleasing comedy with awe-inspiring magic.

The Magicians star Pete Firman
The Magicians star Pete Firman
 

The Magicians saw celebrities, including Diversity's Ashley Banjo, newsreader Sian Williams and Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli, join the magicians on stage to perform clever tricks.

But who impressed you the most on the small screen?

Here's 9 of the best TV magicians:

Click below for our gallery - and watch clips of them in action below

 

David Blaine

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David Blaine's unique brand of street magic, which saw him perform amazing tricks to small crowds of people in cities across the US, astounded TV viewers. David then went on to take part in bizarre feats of endurance, including being buried alive, being encased in a giant block of ice and standing on a 100-foot-high pillar for 35 hours.

Paul Daniels

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The king of British TV magic, Paul Daniels amazed and entertained millions of viewers with The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran from 1979 to 1994. Aided by his lovely assistant (and wife) Debbie McGee, Daniels found international fame with his spellbinding magic and catchphrase: "You'll like this ... not a lot, but you'll like it."

David Copperfield

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Global star David Copperfield blew audiences away with his lavish stage shows, breathtaking illusions - and is the youngest person ever admitted to the Society of American Magicians. Flying, making the Statue of Liberty disappear and the heart-stopping Death Saw escape trick.

Derren Brown

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Mind reader, psychological trickster and modern magician Derren Brown has been freaking out celebrities and TV audiences alike with his hypnotism, mentalism and illusions. He first appeared on our screens in 2000 with Derren Brown: Mind Control, and has enjoyed several sell-out tours, performing at theatres across the country.

Tommy Cooper

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Tommy Cooper blended laugh-out-loud slapstick comedy with magical illusions, enjoying a TV career with London Weekend Television and Thames Television that won him worldwide fame. Known for his red fez and height - he was six foot four - Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle and respected by other magicians.

Ben Hanlin

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Star of ITV2's prank show Tricked, where he fools celebrities and members of the public with his tricks and illusions, Ben Hanlin is rising up the ranks as one of TV's hottest new magicians. Tricked seriees two began last week, featuring Joey Essex, Kerry Katona and boy band The Vamps as his latest victims.

Penn & Teller

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The comedy magic duo have been performing together since the late 1970s, amazing audiences with their don't-try-this-at-home stunts and tricks. Teller notoriously remains silent during their act, communicating through mime, with Penn taking the lead as raconteur.

Dynamo

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One of the new kids on the magician block, Bradford-born Dynamo's mind-blowing street magic has shot him to worldwide fame. He's also impressed the celebrity world with his unbelievable tricks - including Will Smith, Samuel L Jackson, Rio Ferdinand and One Direction.

Troy

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Young magician Troy Von Scheibner made his television debut in February this year, with his show Troy on E4. In it he astounds the public with his illusions - including the clip above where he transforms napkins in a restaurant into soup. He's told interviewers his magical idol is David Blaine.

Which TV magician leaves you spellbound?

Let us know in the comments below.

The Magicians star Pete Firman performs at City Varieties, Leeds, on Wednesday October 8 at 8pm.

Tickets cost £15.60 - click here to book or call the box office on 0113 243 0808.