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Jean Nicolas Ponsin
(Reims, Marne, France: 19th March 1801 - )
Pen name of Charles-Édouard Ponsin. Teacher of drawing at the Lyceum at Reims. Amateur magician, already adept at card sleights in his early 20s when he became a close friend of Decremps. Also taught by Comus II, Théodore Massey, and others.
Wrote the classic Nouvelle Magie blanche dévoilée (2 vols, 1853, 1854; repr 1858 in 1 volume as La Sorcellerie ancienne et moderne expliquée), English tr by S.H. Sharpe as Ponsin on Conjuring (1937, 176pp; repr 1987).
Coauthors: Sam Sharpe