Some of the most-amazing magic tricks include the World's Most Expensive Magic Trick by Penn and Teller, the disappearance of the Statue of Liberty by David Copperfield, and the often deadly bullet catch. One of the greatest simple magic tricks is the pick-a-card trick.
Jean Robert-Houdin is regarded as the father of modern magic because of such tricks as Second Sight and the Marvellous Orange Tree. Harry Houdini's Chinese Water Torture Cell is often considered one of the greatest illusions, as is his Morritt's Vanishing Elephant act. Houdini boasted that he could discern the method of any card trick if he watched it three times. Dai Vernon accepted the challenge and fooled Houdini, calling himself "The Man Who Fooled Houdini" afterwards. In 1926, P.T. Selbit performed the sawing-in-half trick, a staple of subsequent illusionists, for the first time.