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Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte

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Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte
BornJune 22, 1788
DiedNovember 25, 1859 (age 71)
Resting placeCimetière 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)