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Chevalier Giuseppe Pinetti

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Chevalier Giuseppe Pinetti
BornGiuseppe Merci

Chevalier Giuseppe Pinetti (1750 - 1800), born Giuseppe Merci in Italy, was also known as Giuseppe Pinetti de Wildalle, Chevalier Joseph Pinetti and John Joseph Pinetti. He was called the "Professor of Natural Magic" and performed sold-out shows and command performances throughout Europe in the late eighteenth century.


Pinetti was considered to be one of the major figures of eighteenth century magic. In his "cabinet of curiosities" theater show, he presented and mixed scientific experiments and magic tricks.

Pinetti is said to be the first recorded performer to do the Blooming Mechanical Orange Bush and the Thumb Tie escape.

Some other items from his book, "Amusements Physiques", that may have been first been put down in print are:

He also performed a two person mentalism act (with his wife), exhibited automata and the orange tree illusion.

While in London (from September 1784 to February 1785), he rivalled with Philip Breslaw[1].

He is mentioned in the memoirs of Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin.



  1. Pietro Micheli, "They lived by tricks – Palatino, Palatine, Breslaw and Boaz", published by the author, Italy, 2012.