Saturday, December 02, 2006

Book: Essential Robert-Houdin

The Essential Robert-HoudinRobert-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.

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. The Essential Robert-Houndin cointains the following books:

  • The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic

  • Card-Sharping Exposed

  • The Secrets of Stage Conjuring

  • The Memoirs of Robert-Houdin

  • The Priory (Robert-Houdin's automated house)

  • Selections from Robert-Houdin's never-before-translated scientific writings

To my knowledge this work is only available at The Miracle Factory

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a copy of Houdin's autho-biography and I keep recommending the book over and over. It's one of the most interesting biographies I've ever read and the life of this brilliant and unique man is really inspiring. You don't need to be into automatas to enjoy it and to learn about the mystery of life. I'm subscribed to your blog and I'm really glad to read this post!!!
Koldo Barroso

December 3, 2006 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Dug North said...


Thanks for the comment.

What is the title of the autobiography you recommend? Is it in English?

I am glad you have subscribed to the blog. Thanks!


December 3, 2006 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The book is an Spanish translation of "published in 1990 by Frakson books. The title is "Confidencias de un Prestidigitador". It has a prologue by the renowned Spanish magician Juan Tarmariz. It was actually his daughter who recommended me not to miss this book, and I do the same to everytone interested in the magic and wonders of life.

December 31, 2006 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Hijinx said...

If you love Robert-Houdin, you will be pleased to find his "A Conjurer's Confessions" in a free PDF you can upload to a Kindle or other ebook reader (or just print it out) You can find it on my magic site here:

February 25, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

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