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Secrets of Conjuring and Magic
Or How to Become a Wizard


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108032407

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  • Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805–71) is often called the father of modern conjuring. His name was later adopted by magician and escape artist Harry Houdini, whose highly sceptical exposé of Victorian spiritualism is also published in this series. The best-known magician of his time, Robert-Houdin toured France, England and Germany, performed for Queen Victoria, and was sent to French Algeria by Napoleon III to demonstrate the perceived superiority of French magic to the local shamans. This book, originally published in 1868, is devoted primarily to coin and card tricks, but Robert-Houdin also describes many other magical tricks and includes a history of conjuring. In 1877 the book appeared in this English translation by Louis Hoffmann (1839–1919). Hoffmann (real name Angelo John Lewis, a barrister) had published his own guide to magic in 1876, and both books caused controversy for revealing the secrets of stage magicians in such unprecedented detail.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108032407
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 68 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's preface
    Author's preface and dedication
    The home of Robert-Houdin
    Conjuring and its professors
    The art of conjuring
    General principles
    The hand
    Escamotage, prestidigitation
    1. Coin tricks
    2. Card tricks
    3. Sundry expedients used in conjuring, and tricks of various descriptions
    4. The cups and balls
    5. The birth of flowers, or magical vegetation

  • Author

    Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

    Editor and Translator

    Louis Hoffmann

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