Places of Magic 1
Significance: Former home of Jean EugÃ¨ne Robert-Houdin and current magic museum/theater.Â
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, â€œEisenheim the Illusionist,â€ and subsequently the film, The Illusionist.Â
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 windowsÂ 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.Â
Interesting Fact: The mansion was converted and refurbished with $11 million of taxpayersâ€™ money. This town is serious about their magic.
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