Origin of Human Cannon Ball illusion

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Postby MitsuMatsu » 07/26/07 05:06 PM

Stage illusion where a female assistant is fired from a cannon (actually not) and appear in a box hanging from the ceiling was performed in 1888 or 1889 by Ten-ichi in Japan.

I wonder whether or not he first performed or invented this illusion. I know Chung Ling Soo did it around 1905 in England, but have failed to find any other magician prior to him.

I am most grateful for any information on this in advance.

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