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GAMACHE, HENRI (b 1900? d. 1950?)
The pen name of an occult book author who also wrote under the name
Lewis De Claremont, among others. Gamache's actual name was Young (his
first name is now unknown),and wrote of how to perform spells for all
kinds of things, including prosperity and money. De Claremont/Gamache
wrote several occult books, including Terrors of The Evil Eye, and The Master Book of Candle Burning ,
the latter Raymond Buckland would later plagiarize from to write his
book, Candle Burning Magic, but didn't give any credit to Gamache.
forward to one of his books is dated 1940, New York City. Not a whole
lot is known about Gamache other than that. He also seemed to be a
follower of P.B. Randolph, because he mentions his “philosophy of fire”
several times in his book. Some people think Henri Gamache might have
been an African American, but some books under his Lewis de Claremont
show a picture of a White man dressed sort of like a Swami, purported
to be his picture.
Under the name Lewis de Claremont Which he
also spelled Lewis de Clairemont, and Louis de Claremont), , he wrote
several books, including Legends of Incense, Herb, and Oil Magic, The
Ancient Book of Formulas, The Seven Steps to Power, The Seven Keys to
Power, and Protection Against Evil.
The Ancient Book of
Formulas...which obviously wasn't very ancient, seems to have been
mostly a ploy to get readers patronize a certain New York City drug
store Gamache/deClaremont/Young had some kind of arrangement with. The
book gives formulas that always list things as “Boquet X 115” or
“Formula X 126”, and the only place you could get such formulas was
said drug store. There was even a chapter about how to make various
cosmetics, tonics, and creams made from stuff you could get at a drug
store back them. The drug store ironically went out of business not
long after the book's publication, and readers were thus left with a
book of useless formulas.
Mr. Young also seems to have ghost
written a Psuedo-Autobiography for the stage magician known as “Black
Herman”, and was the actual author of Black Herman's Secrets of Magic,
Mystery, and Legerdemain. It's written along the lines of Marie
LaVaue's “biography”, meaning it's really more of a spellbook. What's
unique about Black Herman is that it also contains the secrets to do
simple stage magic tricks, like making a quarter appear to vanish in a
glass of water by switching it with a glass disk. So even though the
magic spells won't work, at least the reader could learn a few magic
Even though Gamache claimed to be able to perform
magic spells for prosperity and money, Gamache/Young gave the
manuscript of his book The Master Book of Candle Burning to a friend
(who latter published it) to settle a debt...for a whopping $37!
Couldn't Gamache use his magic candle spells to even conjure up $37??
No, because magic doesn't work! Nevertheless people still buy Gamache's
books some 70 years later.
The publisher of the de
Claremont/Gamache/Young books tried to falsely claim he was the author,
so he could claim the copyrights for himself. The copyrights have all
lapsed, and the books are in the public domain. The Masterbook of
Candleburning seems to be the only one still in print.
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