We are delighted to present the thirty-fourth issue of our flagship journal Gibecière. Pierre Taillefer introduces us to conjury in medieval Arabia and Andalusia, where we can find explanations for several well-known tricks in literature that pre-date those in Western literature. In his second contribution to this issue, Taillefer tells the story of Charles Groussart, also known as the Marquis d’Ambreville, an infamous conjurer of the seventeenth century who inspired many artistic prints, including an image of a conjuring performance in hell. Maxwell Pritchard follows with new research on the life and publications of Jean-Nicolas Ponsin, followed by the first ever English translation of Ponsin’s Supplément a la Sorcellerie ancienne et moderne expliquée, a supplement to Nouvelle Magie Blanche Dévoilée and his final work on conjuring. With full color illustrations and extensive notes, we are sure you will enjoy this latest issue!
Pocket Notes—Stephen Minch
From Baghdad to Cordoba: Conjurers in the Medieval Arab World—Pierre Taillefer
The Marquis D’Ambreville, a Conjurer at Pluto’s Court—Pierre Taillefer
Jean-Nicolas Ponsin: A Supplemental Unveiling—Maxwell Pritchard
J. N. Ponsin’s Supplement to Ancient and Modern Sorcery Explained—translated by Maxwell Pritchard