the most creative by far is sankey but the best of all? hard to say
How can you say that sankey is more creative than copperfeild??? Copperfield has designed his illusions that have fooled EVERYONE!!! Sankey makes a trick or two that can barely fool laymen.
I have to agree, I have seen a few Sankey demos, and I knew how to do his " tricks" immediately. Maybe he has a nice persona, and I am sure he used to be a lot better...but looking at his most recent stuff... sorry, I don't get sankey.
Copperfield blows Sankey out of the water. Oz is ok...but even he knows he's not as good as Copperfield.
Someone mentioned Devant etc..i think the poll is about Living magicians, since it did not say.." of all time" just " the best magician." the implication is... only of those alive.
Last thing i will say is, the question cannot really be answered. There is not just one type of magician.
If you ask who is the best stage magician, that is one question, and there are awesome stage magicians out there... Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Luna Shimada, Autumn Dawnstar, etc.
Or do you mean Best Close up performer? You will get another list... Where do Escape artists fit in? What if all they know is escapes? Can you include them as well?
Then you get the old Specialist vs Generalist argument. What if you have someone that Only does ONE thing but does that ONE thing really well? Tabary with his rope? How does that comapre with someone that does Cards, Coins, Thread, etc really well? But not as good as the specialist? Michael Ammar for example? Does he get extra props because he can umm...use more props?
When comparing a Daryl, a Copperfield, or a Michael Ammar, to a Lance Burton you are comparing apples to cakes. This question cannot really be answered.