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Robert Spice

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Robert Spice
BornRobert Treat Spice
May 26, 1846
Kakenham, England
DiedApril 8, 1920 (age 73)
Bloomfield, New Jersey

Robert Spice (1846-1920), a professor of Chemistry at the Cooper Union, New York, was an active member of the Society of American Magicians and served as Treasurer.


Spice came to the United States in 1872 as the chemist and eventually became a citizen.

As a young man when he visited Paris, and having a liking for conjuring, he became a pupil of Robert-Houdin. He would later introduce at the Colosseum, New York, among other of Houdin's tricks, his famous writing test, in which the written questions of visitors were answered in an inscrutable way.

As a chemist, Professor Spice was widely known and consulted.[1][2]


  1. Obituary, Sphinx, May 1920
  2. Obit, MUM, April 1920