Author: John McKinven
From their 1861 opening with a flying-trapeze performance directly over spectators' heads to giant octopuses, simulated shipwrecks, on-stage horse-drawn carriage collapses and the 1890 fairy play "Superba," the six Hanlon brothers dazzled 19th- and early 20th-century audiences.
About the Author
John A. McKinven has been researching the history of the Hanlon brothers for over two decades. His long-time personal associations with contemporary designers of theatrical magic, automata and illusions helped him in the preparation of this book. His previous work, Stage Flying: 431 B.C. To Modern Times, contains references to the Hanlons' use of flying technics in their pantomime sketches.