1700s

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The century of the 1700s.


Selected Magic Events By Year

(Click on date to see all magic events in that year)

  • 1710 - Legerdemain: or, Natural and Artificial Conclusions and Hocus Pocus Improved is published
  • 1726 - Philip Breslaw, a German magician who specialized in close-up performances, is born
  • 1746 - Henri Decremps, who unmasked magicians and charlatans who cheated others, is born
  • 1783 - Richard Potter, credited as the first successful stage magician born in the United States and as the first black magician, is born
  • 1793 - Bartolomeo Bosco, an Italian illusionist who became one of the greatest conjurers of the 19th century, is born

Significant People

  • Henri Decremps (1746-1826) studied law and mathematics, began a diplomatic career at the Embassy of France in England. Thereafter he devoted himself to the unmasking of the "magicians" and the charlatans who cheated or deceived people for profit.
  • Richard Potter (1783-1835) born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts is credited as the first successful stage magician born in the United States and as the first black magician.His notable effects included Rising Cards, Going into an oven with raw meat and remain until the meat was cooked, and Handling and Swallowing Molten Lead.
  • Philadelphus Philadelphia (1735 - 1795) born Jacob Meyer in the United States, was a celebrated conjurer who traveled very extensively through Europe, exhibiting his tricks in all the leading cities. Philadelphia obtained great success on his numerous tours, and even with people of high standing he made much of a reputation.
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