Superb CDV of Japanese Acrobats in France taken by Camille Brion, Marseille
[Japan] Superb CDV of the magician Asakichi, his daughter Nobu, and his son (name unknown). Asakichi is generally credited with introducing the Paper Butterfly Illusion ("Butterfly Trick") to European audiences. Asakichi was part of the combined Matsui Gensui troupe that appeared at the 1867 Exposition Universelle de Paris. The combined troupe consisted of (1) topspinner Matsui Gensui and members of his family, (2) butterfly illusionist Asakichi and his family, and (3) acrobat Torikata Kosankichi and assistants. The CDV includes a flowerpot prop that, during the act, Asakichi would make the paper butterflies flit around and land on the flowers. [Many thanks to Bob Sayers, the authority on Japanese performers overseas, for help with this description].
Marseille [France]. C[amille] Brion. 1867.
8.7 x 5.1cm.
In fine condition. Superb contrast and depth. p30070186