London, South Kensington
19 May 1998
Robert-Houdin, a printed fan publicising the famous conjuror, recto with a lithographic view of his huge audience queuing to get into the theatre and a quotation from Laroche Foucault, published by Decan, rue Richter 19, the verso with ten verses describing some of his tricks such as La Bouteille Inepuisible, and four comic illustrations, with wooden sticks - 9in. (23cm.), circa 1865
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Bulletin of the Fan Circle International, No. 25 and No.26, 1983 and 1984, by Edwin A. Dawes and Beryl Melville. This in an earlier version of the fan referred to but not illustrated in either article
Robert Houdin (1805-1871) is considered to be the father of modern conjuring.
This fan probably dates from circa 1852, not 1865.
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