u guys are all comparing apples and oranges. You can't compare Sankey to, Copperfield and you can't compare Noblezada to Blaine...etc....Copperfield was almost strictly stage illusions, while sankey's strength seems to be mentalism. U wanna compare Pearlman, a dude who is an incredible card magician, with Blaine who likes to make himself popular by performing stunts such as "vertigo", then be my guest, but you can't compare them...they'll all completely different styles of magic. They'll all great in their own way...except Blaine, personally I don't care for him. Sankey is my favorite artist, but I won't go and say that he's better than any of the others cuz they're beyond comparison. He is just personally my favorite.
I am sorry. I strongly disagree with several statements in your post. The mentioning of Sankey as a mentalist is completely false. Sankey's strength is not mentalism but close up magic with cards, coins, and other everyday objects. Sankey dabs in mental magic, not mentalism. If you want mentalism, true mentalism, get out of Penguin Town and look into Banachek, Annemann, Dunninger, Corinda, Cassidy, Maven, Lesley, Osterlind, Becker, Jermay, Earle, and the writings of Derren Brown.
If you want to be Penguin centric, look into Morgan Strebler, his Liquid Metal, Opener, Closer, and PK Silverware by Banachek, Prism by Maven, the Xpert, and some others...
About Pearlman, see John_Frawley 1 - 100 & Gregor, Nik, scorch, Exodus, Fatal, and others about their opinions of Pearlman.
I agree that comparing these performers is a monumental waste of time. I wish the polls with comparisions will just die.