Variety act in theatre: the ‘Air Walker’

#Picture Number LP231

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Victorian illustration to download showing a variety act taking place in the Drury Lane Theatre: the ‘Air Walker’ walks upside down on a ceiling. Mr Sands, the American proprietor of the Hippodrome, New York, waves his feathered hat as he walks across a ceiling wearing disc-shaped soles on his feet. Below him a safety-net is suspended. The Illustrated London News of 2 April 1853 says that it was the ‘platter-like soles in which lay the secret [of Mr Sands’s feat], as they were brought to the theatre in a locked box’