Article of the Day: Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Article of the Day:
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Considered the father of modern conjuring, Houdin was a French magician after whom Harry Houdini named himself. Originally a clockmaker, he was celebrated for his optical illusions and mechanical devices. He was the first to use electromagnetism for his effects, and attributed his magic to natural instead of supernatural means. In 1856, he was sent to Algeria by the French government to counter the influence of the dervishes by outdoing their feats. What are some of his famous illusions? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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