Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte
|Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte|
|Born||June 22, 1788|
|Died||November 25, 1859 (age 71) |
|Resting place||Cimetière Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris, France|
Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte (1788 - 1859), born in Geneva, was only 26 when he first performed for King Louis XVIII. Later, King Louis-Philippe, made him a "Chevalier of the Legion of Honor". He billed himself as "The King's Conjurer" and owned a theater in France. Comte could perform sleight of hand and ventriloquism. He became a friend of Robert-Houdin.
In 1814, Louis Comte may have become the first conjurer on record to pull a white rabbit out of a top hat.
Invented the flourish to produce two cards for his trick Lady Looking Glass generally attributed to Hofzinser as the Hofzinser's Throw.
- Voyages et seances anecdotiques de Monsieur Comte (1816)
- Manuel complet des sorciers ou la magie blanche dévoilée (with Julia De Fontenel) (1831)