Henri Robin Expositor of Science & Magic by Edwin A. Dawes - Book
Robin played the Egyptian Hall, the first magician to do so, for 309 performances in 1862, just before returning to Paris to open his own theater, Theater Robin.
Besides performing magic, he showed an "gyroscope" which projected upon a screen the history of creation in forty five pictures. Robin also performed experiments in physics and chemistry and an exhibition of the ghost illusion (based on Peppers Ghost) closed the entertainment.
Robin was a contemporary and rival of Robert Houdin (who did not even Robin in his memoirs). One of the many things were at odds about was the performance of the inexhaustible bottle, each claiming to have created and exhibited it first.
When the Davenport brothers came to Paris, Robin duplicated all their tricks at his theater.
About 1869, after operating his theater for seven years, he gave up magic and became the proprietor of a hotel.
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