Houdin, Jean Eugène Robert
Jean Eugène Robert Houdin or Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (zhäN özhĕn´ rōbĕr´ ōōdăN´), 1805–71, French conjurer and magician. Originally a clockmaker, he was celebrated for his optical illusions and mechanical devices and for his attributing his
to natural instead of supernatural means. Houdin was the first to use electromagnetism for his effects. He wrote an autobiography (1857) and Secrets of Prestidigitation and Magic (1868). Harry Houdini, who named himself for Houdin, wrote The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin (1908).
See H. R. Evans, The Master of Modern Magic (1932).
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Robert-Houdin, Jean Eugène
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin: see Houdin, Jean Eugène Robert.
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