Archive for the ‘Pseudo Automatons and Robots’ Category

1920 – Shrozo the Robot Girl – (English?)

Shrozo automaton girl 1920 1920   Shrozo the Robot Girl   (English?)

To Stanley….From Mille Merragan & Shrozo  4/5/1920.

Thanks to Valeria and her Retro Geek Girl website for the larger image to one I referenced in my Enigmarelle post here.

Any further information on "Shrozo" most welcomed.


There was a spate of living automatons appearing over a similar period of time having similar names -see Moto PhrosoMoto Pheno and Moto Phoso.

See the full list of Fake and Pseudo Automatons and Robots here.

1910 – Das Moto-Baby – (German)

das moto baby 1910 1910   Das Moto Baby   (German)

Image Source: circusmuseum.nl

Any further information on "Moto-Baby" most welcomed.


See the full list of Fake and Pseudo Automatons and Robots here.

1925c – “Rose-Marie” the Robot with Will Mackford – (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 9 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 10 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 8 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 6 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 5 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 3 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 4 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 2 x640 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose marie mackford 1 x640 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

Photo source here:

Although William Mackford is an English name, the annotated images suggest the act to be French-based.

robot rose marie mackford 7 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

Any further information on "Rose-Marie" and/or Will. Mackford most welcomed.


Robot "Rose-Mary", the marvellous human machine.

A later version of "Rose-Marie", or a copy-cat act? Similar photo but different face, hairstyle, and "Rose-May" has the contol panel and control cables in her back whereas "Rose-Marie" doesn't.

robot rose mary 2 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

robot rose mary 1925c   Rose Marie the Robot with Will Mackford   (English/French)

Any further information on "Rose-Mary" most welcomed.


See the full list of Fake and Pseudo Automatons and Robots here.

1910 – Moto Phoso – Man or Automaton? – (German)

moto phoso 1910 poster 1910   Moto Phoso   Man or Automaton?   (German)

Above image Source: circusmuseum.nl

MOTO PHOSO DER AUTOMATENMENSCH CIRCO 1910   Moto Phoso   Man or Automaton?   (German)

Popular Electricity and the World's Advance – Volume 4 – Page 226 by Henry Walter Young – 1911 .

This entrancing point was recently reached at Hamburg, where a vaudeville theater billed as its special attraction : "Moto Phoso-Man or Automaton ?" When the curtain rose for this turn it disclosed a figure standing on a low platform within a  …

An article in Es geschah in München by Karl Spengler , 1971 Page 214 suggests that although the poster is German, Moto Phoso is an Englishman.

Any further information on "Moto-Phoso" most welcomed.


There was a spate of living automatons appearing over a similar period of time having similar names -see Moto Phroso, Shrozo and Moto Pheno.

See the full list of Fake and Pseudo Automatons and Robots here.

1912 – Moto-Phéno – Willi Schoenen and Friedrich Hirsch (German)

moto pheno 1913 poster x640 1912   Moto Phéno   Willi Schoenen and Friedrich Hirsch (German)

Moto-Phéno die lebende Puppe: Vornehmste, interessanteste Schau der Gegenwart. Auch für Familien. Willi Schoenen gen: Moto-Phéno. Friedrich Hirsch, Impresario. Moto-Phéno, der einzige Mensch, der durch unbeugsame Willenskraft sich selbst hypnotisiert und in der Hypnose eine Puppe imitiert.

Google English translation:

Moto-PHENO the living doll: noblest, most interesting sight of the present. Also for families. Willi Schoenen conditions: Moto-Pheno. Frederick Hirsch, impresario. Moto-Pheno, the only person who hypnotized by indomitable will power itself and in hypnosis mimics a doll.

Above image source: circusmuseum.nl . Poster dated 1913.

monopheno 1912 1912   Moto Phéno   Willi Schoenen and Friedrich Hirsch (German)

Postcard sourced from here.

From the magazine AK VARIETE there is a 1912 issue mentioning Moto Pheno mysteriose.

Any further information on "Moto-Pheno" most welcomed.


Update: 20 July 2013 – Email from Mike Hirsch

Willi Schoenen was a companion to my great-grandfather Friedrich Hirsch and godfather of my grandfather.

Some time ago I started to blog on him (http://motopheno.tumblr.com/) but it is in German …


There was a spate of living automatons appearing over a similar period of time having similar names -see Moto Phroso, Shrozo and Moto Phoso.

See the full list of Fake and Pseudo Automatons and Robots here.