This ornament adorns the Pont Neuf,
the oldest bridge still standing across
the River Seine in Paris, France. Continue reading “Stealing a dinner in 17th Century France”
He did not put the guano in a bag
on a doorstep, light it on fire and ring
the doorbell. No, he used science.
In the late 1790s, William Buckland, who later became a well-known geologist, pulled a prank on the school he was attending, the University of Oxford. Continue reading “The 18th Century bat poop prank”
Naked of her dress,
Continue reading “An 18th Century robot plays her dulcimer”
An illustration of "The Hand of Cagliostro," a version of the "Rising Card Trick."
Here’s some advice to card magicians from August Roterberg’s 1897 book, New Era Card Tricks, one of the first books published exclusively for magicians:
Continue reading “Advice on deception from a 19th Century magician”