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10 thoughts on “Memoirs of Robert-Houdin

  1. says:

    I downloaded this from the internet archive, as research for something I m writing, I think its out of print It is the story of Robert Houdin a Magician in France in the 19th Century he is thought to be the father of modern magic and illusion The story starts in his youth, how he trained as a clockmaker and then met a traveling magician who he befriended, before learning the tricks of the trade After this opening section, there isn t really an over aching narrative and the book is largely sequential anecdotes about his stage performances and magic tricks mostly how they nearly went wrong and how he salvaged them through his quick thinking and skill Often he reveals how certain illusions were done after discussing them I found the characters and the world of the 19th Century travelling shows and magicians particularly interesting The first section in which talks about his youth and the life of his mentors Torrini and Antonio, is very good, and I recognised elements borrowed and reshaped for The Prestige this seems to have strongly influenced it I am judging from the movie not the book Robert Houdin does tend to blow his own trumpet there are lots of performances to astounded royalty and I think you have to take some of the stuff with a pinch of salt, but altogether a very interesting autobiography.


  2. says:

    The life and times of an expert clockwork automata maker, amateur electrical engineer, and world travelling pioneer of stage magic turn out to be an entertaining adventure Who could have guessed Only odd in that he barely mentions his wife and children outside the context of performing magic or travelling with him.


  3. says:

    Jean Eug ne Robert Houdin was a wonderful storyteller, and gives a marvelous account of his life He was the magician from whom Houdini got his name He invented the greatest automata that were ever built I get the sense that he is an unreliable narrator, and that he may have exaggerated some events to enhance his story, but it s always entertaining As he writes, It is certainly a singular occupation for a man to whom frankness is natural, to be continually engaged in concealing his thoughts, and seeking the best way of making dupes But may it not also be urged that dissimulation and falsehood become qualities or defects according to the purpose they are employed for Does not the merchant, for instance, regard them as precious qualities to heighten the value of his wares Does the science of diplomacy consist in stating everything with frankness and simplicity Lastly, is not fashion or the usages of decent society, an admirable mixture of dissimulation and deceptions Volume II is less interesting, though it does have some very clever tricks described My favorite is where he made handkerchiefs disappear and reappear locked in a chest buried under a tree sixty years previously.


  4. says:

    Although he often describes superfluous details making the narrative uneasy, you re in for a fantastical journey of a man who stands as one of the key figures of professional stage magic What shocked me the most was his grit and apparent ease in which he grabbed patience to accomplish his goals and also to remain calm and steady.This is one of my first reads of a text that was written by someone who is not a writer It was a bit dull sometimes, but my curiosity as a magician kept me going to the end.If you want fantastic magic and tiny bit of the world in the XIX century, then go for it.If you re a magician, you must read this.