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Originally posted on 18th and 19th Century.
On January 16, 1749, at the New Theater in Haymarket, an anonymous person known as the “Bottle Conjurer” was to perform a variety of amazing feats at sixty-thirty in the evening. He advertised that while wearing a mask he would be able to identify anyone who came to him and that he could draw the likeness of any dead person requested by any audience member. He also promised to take a common walking stick from someone in the audience and play “the music of every instrument…[while singing in perfect harmony].” But the conjurer’s final feat was to be the most startling and amazing.
According to the Bottle Conjurer, he guaranteed that while on stage and in full view of the audience, he would stuff himself, from head to toe, into a common quart bottle. After doing so, the bottle was to be passed between audience members so that they could examine and to reassure themselves that he was contained within it. Moreover, supposedly, this amazing and miraculous feat had already been witnessed by…
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