Posts Tagged ‘fake Robot’

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.

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

Above image Source: circusmuseum.nl

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.

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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:

MotoPHENO 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.

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.

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1934 – Mac the Mechanical Man – Leighton Hilbert (American)

circa 1935: Two women with Mac the Mechanical Man the radio-controlled robot invented by Leighton Hilbert. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

[Note: I don’t think Mac is radio-controlled, but there is certainly is a visual suggestion of being remotely controlled via a umbilical cord and a control box. Most likely part of the illusion. Mac is most probably a fake, a “man-in-a-costume”, given the air holes, eye holes in the ‘neck’ and strange shaped chest/neck/head, and stability in the sand! ]

03 Apr 1934, Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA — Venice Ca: Introducing Mac,the mechanical man; Weighing 250 pounds, and 7.5 Feet in Height. This unique robot is controled by remote control. These Venice Beach Girls are taking Mac out for a dip in the Ocean with the aid of the inventor. Leighton Hilbert at the control box. Photograph, 4/3/1934. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Pics from the LA Picture Library.


 

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