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At the Academy of Music in New York City, William Hanlon debuts his celebrated trapeze act

William Hanlon performing at the Academy of Music in New York City, December 12, 1861, artist's impression
12/12/1861
At the Academy of Music in New York City, nineteen-year old English aerialist William Hanlon premiered his " Zampillaerostation."  This acrobatic display, assisted by Hanlon's three brothers, used a series of metal frames and wires that allowed him to somersault the length of the house on trapezes. The act played for three weeks at the Academy and cemented the Hanlon Brothers' growing reputation as aerialists.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Mark Cosdon, The Hanlon Brothers: from daredevil acrobatics to spectacle pantomime, 1833-1931 (Carbondale, IL:  Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), 18-19. 

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