|Born||June 02, 1674|
|Died||January 1, 1740 (age 65) |
Matthias Buchinger (June 2, 1674 - January 1, 1740 in Ireland) was a torso man born without legs and hands, the last of nine children.
Buchinger was urged by his parents to exercise his body. He learned to draw and write and to play various instruments: Flute, trumpet, bagpipes and drum. He also mastered magic tricks. His Cups and Balls is often praised.
After the death of his parents, he had himself displayed at fairground festivals, selling his calligraphic artwork to the public.
- Jay, Ricky: The Greatest German Living, Los Angeles, 2016
- ↑ Matthias Buchinger's Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay, Metropolitan Museum of Art.