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Flawless Performance

Daring his audience to believe the impossible, a street magician in Sri Lanka, accompanied by a drummer, lifted the lid off a basket into which, only moments before, he had repeatedly plunged his sword. To the delight of the crowd, his wide-eyed assistant emerged unharmed.

Photograph from the Alexander Graham Bell Collection, 1912
From 100 Best Vintage Photographs, 2004

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