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BornJacques Noel Talon
December 28, 1802
Alais, near Nimes,France
DiedJune 27, 1878 (age 75)
Bokara, Turkestan

Phillippe Talon (1802-1878) was born Jacques Noel Talon in France.


According to Robert-Houdin, he was a confectioner, first in Paris and afterward in Scotland, who turned to performing magic to make ends meet.

From some Chinese jugglers Philippe learned the secret of the gold-fish trick (producing bowls of water containing fish from shawls while standing on a low table) and the Linking Rings. He also performed the trick of lighting many candles on the stage by firing a pistol. He also presented some automata, such as the Cossack, the Magic Peacock, and the Harlequin-in-the-Box.

He wore the attire of a medieval sorcerer, which was different from any other performing magician at the time.


  • The Old and the New Magic, by Henry R. Evans (1906), Some Old-time Conjurers, PHILLIPPE, page 162
  • The Magic Wand, Vol. 15, No. 129, March-May 1926, The Annals of Conjuring, by Sidney W. Clarke, About Phillippe, page 42
  • The Magic Wand, Vol. 15, No. 130, June-September 1926, The Annals of Conjuring, by Sidney W. Clarke, (continued), page 85
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 57, No. 3, March 1977, PHILLIPPE, Jacques Andre Noel Talon 1802-1878, BY ROBERT E. OLSON, page 41
  • The New Tops, Vol. 26, No. 6, December 1986, MEN OF MAGIC by Robert Olsen, page 6
  • The Annals of Conjuring, by Sydney W. Clarke (2001), Phillippe, page 227, (Reprint from “The Magic Wand, Vol. 15, No. 129/130, March-September 1926)