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Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) is considered the father of modern magic and has influenced generations of magicians. Even Houdini, who is the most famous magician in the world, changed his name in honor of Houdin because of the impact his books had on him. The influence on the world of magic did not come from direct performances since very few magicians actually saw him perform. That impact came after his books were translated into many different languages and magicians worldwide began reading, studying and applying his magic theories and routines.
The Essential Robert-Houdin includes all of his books: “The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic,” “Card-Sharping Exposed,” “The Secrets of Stage Conjuring ,” “The Memoirs of Robert-Houdin,” and “The Priory.” It also includes selections from Robert-Houdin's never-before-translated scientific writings, a complete bibliography, and a full index.
►The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic: Considered one of the finest magic books, featuring coin sleights and effects; card techniques including palming, false shuffles, cuts, and stacked-deck work, with twenty card effects; Cups and Balls methods and routines; stage effects including the Linking Rings, and Robert-Houdin's performance theories and essays on gimmicks, stagecraft, and psychology.
►Card-Sharping Exposed: Robert-Houdin's pioneering work on card handling, with dozens of card techniques and routines.
►The Secrets of Stage Conjuring: A dozen great stage pieces plus the inside techniques of Robert-Houdin's theatre and optical theories.
►The Memoirs of Robert-Houdin: The most complete version of Robert-Houdin's wonderful autobiography ever published, with material previously omitted from earlier editions. You can now enjoy the complete work that Robert-Houdin envisioned.
►The Priory: The unbelievable secrets of Robert-Houdin's automated house, with remote-control gates and automatic timers.
Published by The Miracle Factory in 2011. Edited and compiled by Todd Karr. Introduction by Jim Steinmeyer. 664-pages, more than 350-illustrations, hardcover with color dustjacket.
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