Born in 1674 without hands or legs, Matthias Buchinger nonetheless lived an extraordinary life as an internationally known magician, artist and illustrator. Exercising tremendous dexterity in spite of his disability, Buchinger performed complex magic tricks, made incredibly detailed engravings and fathered at least 14 children by eight women. In this talk at the Met's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, illusionist, actor and writer Ricky Jay sits down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman to discuss the life and career of this fascinating figure.
Image credit: Anonymous. Portrait of Matthias Buchinger (1674-1739), 1705. Etching with inscription by Buchinger in pen and red ink. Collection of Ricky Jay.
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