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Matthew Buchinger (b1674)

This is a notice written by Buchinger himself advertising his performance of ‘miraculous actions as none else can do with hands and feet’. The full lettering reads:

 

‘By authority - lately arriv'd and to be seen at the Globe and Duke of Marlborough's H in Fleet-Street. A German born without hands, feet, or thighs, (that never was in this kingdom before) who does such miraculous actions as none else can do with hands and feet. He has had the honour to perform before most Kings and princes particularly several times before King George. He makes a pen, and writes several hands as quick and as well as any writing-master, and will write with any for a wager; he draws faces to the life, and coats of arms, pictures, flowers, etc. with a pen, very curiously; he threads a fine needle very quick; shuffles a pack of cards, and deals them very swift. He plays upon the dulcimer as well as any musician. He does many surprising things with cups and balls, and gives the curious great satisfaction thereby. He plays at skittles several ways very well; shaves himself very dexterously, and many other things, too tedious to insert. This is written by Matthew Buchinger at London 1716/7, born without hands and feet at Anspack, 1674 the 3 Jany.’

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Taken on March 22, 2011