The Magic of Robert-Houdin: An Artist's Life by Christian Fechner

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This competition wiped out Pinetti. who, ignored by the public, was forced to leave the country. Edmond de Grisy went from success to success throughout Europe, accompanied by his spouse Antonia and her twin brother Antonio. Illustration *0 - Small poster of Chevalier Pinetti. Small German poster of Chevalier Pinetti in 1782, from Max Difs work Histoire et evolution technique de la prestidigitation, vol. 1, Limoges, 19"1-19T4 42 ACT I Illustration il - The Chevalier Pinetti. This engraving, of which onh two copies are known, depicts Pinetti onstage surrounded by his apparatus, among them The Rising Cards.

In order to remain active and maintain financial independence, he began work with the watchmaker Blau, [61] who employed him to carry out the painstaking renovation and brushing of pocket watches. Replacing a spring, inserting a pin, refastening a chain, and using the brush to shine it all again became his daily routine. To break this monotony. Jean Eugene became a member of a troupe of amateurs from Blois who, during their leisure time, presented comedies de societe in which Jean Eugene played the main comic roles.

42-43. 34. Memoirs of Robert-Houdin. op cit.. p. 44. In December 1867. fort)-two \ears later. Robert-Houdin paid a visit to the Chateau d'Avaray. writing the following note in his Tablettes journalieres (daily journals) of December 19. 1867: Awakened at 7 o'clock - I left for Blois at 7:30 - I hired a coach at 38. 39. 40. Many years later, certain that he would be remembered by history, Robert-Houdin wrote the following lines on the title page of his copy of the Dictionnaire Encyclope'dique: "Volume from which I drew my first 65 41.

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