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The century of the 1700s.
Selected Magic Events By Year
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- 1700-Unexact dates - Round About Our Coal Fire: or, Christmas Entertainments is published circa 1700
- 1708 - Recreations Mathematical and Physical is translated and published from the earlier French version
- 1716 - The Merry Companion; or Delights for the Ingenious, written by Richard Neve, is published
- 1721 - Hocus Pocus: or, The Cabinet of Legerdemain Curiosities Broke Open, by Richard Neve, is published
- 1722 - The Whole Art of Legerdemain, or Hocus Pocus in Perfection, a book written by Henry Dean, is published in London.
- 1735 - Philadelphus Philadelphia, a magician born in the U.S. and who performed extensively in Europe, is born
- 1777 - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg speaks out against Philadelphus Philadelphia for performing magic as science
- 1783 - Richard Potter, credited as the first successful stage magician born in the United States and as the first black magician, is born
- 1784 - Physical Amusements and Diverting Experiments, by Chevalier Giuseppe Pinetti, is published in London
- 1788 - Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte, a very successful conjurer who billed himself as "The King's Conjurer", is born
- 1793 - Bartolomeo Bosco, an Italian illusionist who became one of the greatest conjurers of the 19th century, is born
- 1795 - Philadelphus Philadelphia, a celebrated conjurer who traveled very extensively through Europe, dies
- 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.