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Henri Decremps

Henri Decremps

(Beduer-en-Querci, Lot, France: 15th April 1746 -1826)

Lawyer and student of physics and music. Amateur magician. Had a celebrated literary feud with Pinetti in mid-1780s. Admitted to his close friend Ponsin that while he had learned exactly how most sleights were done he had mastered none.

Wrote several books on magic in French: La magie blanche dévoilée (Paris: 1784). English translation by Thomas Denton as The Conjurer Unmasked (1785, 89pp). Portuguese translation from Denton as O Pelotiquiero Desmascarado (Lisbon, 1791, 102pp; repr 1820 and 1832). Italian translation as La Magia Bianca (Messina: 1793). Spanish translation as La Magia Blanca Descubierta (Valencia: 1833). His next three books were Supplément à La magie blanche dévoilée (Paris: 1785); Le Testament de Jérôme Sharp (Paris: 1785, 328pp) with German translation as Neuer Beytrag zur natürlichen Magie (Berlin: 1788, 159pp); and Codicille de Jérôme Sharp (Paris: 1788, 244pp).

His first book is a recognized classic and deservedly so. His 5th and last book has little on magic but covers much material on the swindling methods of quacks and sharpers: Les petites aventures de Jérôme Sharp (Brussels: 1789, 266pp) with English translation as The little Adventures of Jerome Sharp.

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Testament de Jérome Sharp by Henri Decremps

Testament de Jérome Sharp was the third of a series of five books where Henri Decremps (1746-1826), a Frenchman who had studied law, physics and music, would expose the secrets of Italian conjuror Giuseppe Pinetti (1750-1800) as the result of a challenge. The most famous book of the series is La Magie Blanche Dévoilée (1784).

This is the French original. For a commentary on the card magic in this book see Testament de Jérome Sharp: An Analytical Essay on the Card Magic in the Book by Roberto Giobbi.

1st edition 1788, (this ebook created from the 1793 edition) 277 pages....

2010 / 2 / 17
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Codicille de Jérome Sharp by Henri Decremps

Où l'on trouve, parmi plusieurs Tours dont il n'est point parlé dans son Testament, diverses Récréations relatives aux Sciences and Beaux-Arts.

1793, 248 pages.

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The Conjurer Unmasked by Henri Decremps

Being a clear and full explanation of all the surprizing performances exhibited as well in this kingdom as on the continent by the most eminent and dexterous professors of slight of hand: together with the tricks of the divining rod, automaton chess-player, speaking figure, artificial serpents, mechanical birds, automaton flute player, vaulting figure, magical table, perpetual motion, etc.

This is a translation of La Magie Blanche Dévoilée by Henri Decremps which was meant to expose the tricks of Pinetti. The 3rd edition of this translation, on which this digital edition is based, has additions by Thomas Denton and others. ...

2021 / 9 / 23
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La Magie Blanche Dévoilée by Henri Decremps

Ou explication des Tours surprenant qui font depuis peu l'admiration de la Capitale et de la Province.

Cet ebook contient Supplément à La magie blanche dévoilée.

1792, 400 pages.

2013 / 11 / 15
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