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Henry Roltair

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Henry Roltair

Henry Roltair (1853-1910), born in London, began his career working for Alexander Herrmann and became a vaudeville illusionist in the United States. He was famous for creating "set location" illusions he did for places such as Coney Island amusements parks and Barnum and Bailey's Circus.


Roltair is credited with the Spider Girl (Spidora illusion), an elaboration on the living-head illusion or Sphinx Illusion.

For the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Roltair designed "Creation" (opened by May 10). The ride could take up to two hours and included a "boat trip" illustrating the works of God and climaxed with a display in a great dome representing the six days in the "Creation of the World".