HANDLESS MATTHEW BUCHINGER WAS AWESOME.
April 11, 2011 5 Comments
Coincidences happen, but this one has thrown me for a loop. After posting handless and footless Matthew Buchinger’s writing sample, I was merrily researching a robot exhibition from 1800 in a completely different archive when I stumbled across the name again, this time in a piece in the New York Times here which deals with my robot exhibit too. The Matthew Buchinger in the article is described as “the greatest magician of his time.”
I stare, confused.
I call Mr. Millicent over.
“Could it be the same person?” I ask him.
“No,” he said, “it’s hard to be a magician without hands and feet.”
“Yeah,” I said.
Wow, were we wrong.
The Matthew (or Matthias) Buchinger who wrote that statement wasn’t going to be dictated to by circumstance—which I guess we could’ve guessed by the upside-down and backward lines.
For fun, he built ships in bottles.
He was a famous magician. He could play six different musical instruments. And he was a master engraver. Below is his self-portrait.
As if that weren’t amazing enough, THE CURLS ARE ACTUALLY COMPOSED OF BIBLE PASSAGES RENDERED IN TINY PRINT. Here’s a close-up of the hair: