Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (December 6, 1805 – June 13, 1871) was a French illusionist. He is considered the father of modern magic.
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Robert-Houdin is often described as “the father of modern magic”. Before his birth, illusionists performed at markets and fairs, but Robert-Houdin performed at theaters and private parties. He also preferred to wear formal clothes, like the ones worn by the public. Many current magicians see this choice as old-fashioned and prefer to wear casual clothing; Doug Henning was the first to rebel against this stereotype, with a more modern look created by himself.