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  • Comparative Studies in Society and History, Volume 52, Issue 1
  • January 2010, pp. 66-99

Modern Magic and the War on Miracles in French Colonial Culture

  • Graham M. Jones (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0010417509990338
  • Published online: 24 December 2009
Abstract

On 16 September 1856, gentleman illusionist Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin embarked from Marseille on the steamship Alexandre bound for the embattled French colony of Algeria. Thirty-six hours later, a detachment of French soldiers met him in the port of Algiers. Recently retired as an entertainer to pursue research in optics and the emerging field of applied electricity, Robert-Houdin was about to return to the stage in a series of magic performances that a French general purportedly called the most important campaign in the pacification of indigenous Algeria (Chavigny 1970: 134).

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