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Places of Magic 1

Posted on October 4, 2007 by chris ballinger There have been 2 comment(s)

Maison de la Magie “The House of Magic”
Location: Blois, France 

Significance: Former home of Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin and current magic museum/theater. 

History: Home of watchmaker-turned-magician Robert-Houdin who is considered by most to be the father of the modern style of stage magic. Escape artist Erich Weiss adopted the stage name Harry Houdini in honor of the French magician. His illusions and style of magic were the inspiration for the short story, “Eisenheim the Illusionist,” and subsequently the film, The Illusionist. 

Stats: The mansion has been converted into a museum dedicated to the magical arts. Known for his automatons, the front of the house has giant, mechanical dragons that come out of the windows periodically and look around. The house consists of three sections: the museum, the theater, and something called a "Hallucinoscope" where you strap on a pair of angled mirror glasses and walk through an "underwater" installation that hangs from the ceiling. 

Interesting Fact: The mansion was converted and refurbished with $11 million of taxpayers’ money. This town is serious about their magic.

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2 Responses to Places of Magic 1

  • Rich Plunkett

    I 'REALLY' like your website...easy to navigate...and the Intro vid touring the warehouse puts your staff's faces onto your company....!!!
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    In retrospect...we're in a huge Rennaissance of Magic again...
    Similar to the late 1800's in Europe...and I hate to remind us...but David Blaines "street magic" tv special
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    Posted on November 15, 2007 at 9:38 am

  • Brian Sutherland

    Rich, thanks for your post and comments on the video!

    As an online shopper myself, I always wonder where the merchandise is coming from. Who is packing the order and what are the behind the scenes of the online operation like.

    We thought the About Us video was a great way to pass this information along to our customers and we're extremely glad you enjoyed it!

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    Posted on November 16, 2007 at 6:41 am