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Fumiste and fumisterie are French terms which refer both to chimney sweep (and heating technicians) and practical jokers.

Le mot fumiste n'apparait dans le Dictionnaire de l'Académie française qu'en 1762. Le role du fumiste était d'empecher les cheminées de fumer. L'usage de ce mot pour définir un plaisantin ou un farceur a pour origine un vaudeville joué en 1840 intitulé "la famille du fumiste" mettant en scène les galéjades de cet homme.[1]
The Hydropathes promoted the label 'Fumism' as an artistic movement, and associated it with performing arts: 'Fumism is to wit what Operetta is to opera buffa' ('Le fumisme est a l'esprit ce que l'opérette est a l'opéra-bouffe'). Georges Fragerolle, "Le Fumisme," L'Hydropathe (12 May 1880), reprinted in Goudeau, Dix ans de boheme, 419-- via [2]
"The most renowned of the Quartier fumistes who practised when those now in middle life were young was unquestionably Sapeck. [3]

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