Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

Profession: Magician


Biography: Considered the father of modern magic. Robert-Houdin is the first magician to perform in a theatre in formal clothes, a format followed by many of his successors. His best-known tricks included making an orange tree grow before an audience's eyes and an alternating light and heavy chest.

In 1856 he was even sent by Napoleon III on a mission to Algeria to quell Algerian Marabouts, who with their supposed magic were inspiring revolutionary actions against the French.

Harry Houdini later adopted his stage in honour of Robert-Houdin

Born: December 6, 1805
Birthplace: Blois, France
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: June 13, 1871 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1830-07-08 Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (24) weds Josèphe Cecile

Historical Events

  • 1845-07-03 Pioneering French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin opens his magic theatre in Paris
  • 1856-10-28 French Magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin performs for Algerian Marabouts in Algeria to convince them that French magic is the stronger

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