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Essential Robert-Houdin Review

Official Review

January 4th, 2007 3:07pm
Reviewed by P.T. Murphy
“Essential Robert-Houdin” is a compilation of Robert-Houdin’s classic writings beautifully reproduced by the folks at the Miracle Factory.

If you are a student of magic history, a working pro looking for material so old that it is new or an amateur performer looking for material that has not been seen in a while, “Essential Robert-Houdin” will suit your needs.

Bound under the title “Essential” are Houdin’s classic texts The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic, Card-Sharping Exposed, The Secrets of Stage Conjuring, The Priory and Memoirs of Robert -Houdin.

Any one of these volumes could be considered essential to your collection. Having them bound in one volume at this price makes them essentially essential! Dig?

Please excuse the short review, but this is a real no-brainer.

Five Stars!!!
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Manufacturer's Description:

Finally back in print!

All the classic works of the great master of magic, Robert-Houdin, under one cover, lavishly illustrated with hundreds of beautiful prints, engravings, and photos. Robert-Houdin (1805-1871) revolutionized the art of magic with his incredible stage mysteries and lifelike automata, and he thankfully left a number of books recording his philosophy and techniques. In Essential Robert-Houdin, you'll find:

The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic:
Considered one of the finest magic books ever, 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 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.

Plus selections from Robert-Houdin's never-before-translated scientific writings, a complete bibliography, and full index.

Pages 664
Over 350 illustrations

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