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Matthias Buchinger: The Greatest German Living

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  • Publisher: Siglio Press
  • Pages: 160
  • Illustrations: Full color throughout
  • Dimensions: 8'' x 10''
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Author:
  • ISBN: 9781938221125



By Ricky Jay

Celebrated in his day as a draughtsman and master calligrapher as well as a magician and musician, the German artist and performer Matthias Buchinger (16741739) stood only twenty- nine inches high and was born without hands or feet. Yet he played more than a half-dozen instruments; exhibited trick shots with pistols, swords, and bowling; danced the hornpipe; and deceived audiences with his skills in magic.

Accompanying the Met's exhibition Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay, this book presents an unprecedented selection of Buchinger's remarkably delicate drawings and etchings that have been collected by Ricky Jay, the noted American stage performer, actor, and author who has been called ''perhaps the most gifted sleight- of-hand artist alive.'' Through scholarship and storytelling, Jay's delightful book delves into the history and mythology of the ''Little Man of Nuremberg'' while chronicling his encounters with the many intriguing characters he meets in his passionate search for Buchinger.

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