Jean-Eugène Robert – AKA Robert-Houdin

Master of magic Robert-Houdin was born Jean-Eugène Robert in Blois, France, on 7 December 1805—a day after his autobiography said he was. His father, Prosper Robert, was one of the best watchmakers in Blois. A skillful artisan and hard worker, Prosper Robert’s main ambition was to provide for his family, but he also wanted his children to climb the social ladder. Jean-Eugene’s mother, the former Marie-Catherine Guillon, died when he was just a young child. At the age of eleven, Prosper sent his son Jean to school thirty-five miles up the Loire to the University of Orléans. At 18, he graduated and returned to Blois. His father wanted him to be a lawyer, but Robert-Houdin wanted to follow into his father’s footsteps as a watchmaker.

more at: Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin – Wikipedia

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Additional Information:

Name(s):
      Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin
Occupation:
      Magician,
      illusionist,
      inventor,
      clockmaker
Birth:
      December 7, 1805, Blois, France
Death:
      June 13, 1871, Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt, France
Spouse:
     
Children:
      Églantine Lemaître
Eductions:
      University of Orléans


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