Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician was inspired to create his Magical Soirées by Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (the Father of Modern Conjuring), Max Malini, Johann Hofzinser and Steve Cohen.
Parisians in the 1800s flocked to see Robert-Houdin’s ‘Soirées Fantastiques’ at his Palais Royal. In the early 20th century, Malini performed for Presidents and Kings and was the talk of European society.
Hofzinser (acknowledged as the Father of Card Magic), also moved amongst the aristocracy and performed his own style of parlour magic in his Vienna salon. And New York’s Steve Cohen continues the tradition with his ‘Chamber Magic’: a fixture at the Waldorf Towers since 2001.