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M. Engels

Michel Boai, The Celebrated Chin Performer at the Egyptian Hall, London

Michel Boai, The Celebrated Chin Performer at the Egyptian Hall, London

The print, probably from 1830, shows Michel Boai with his wife, and M. Engels the violin accompanist. They are shown ‘in the Costume in which they appear in their popular Performance at THE EGYPTIAN HALL Piccadilly’. Boai made his music with his mouth, chin and cheeks. Apparently he had perfect pitch over two and a half octaves and was said to be able to play extremely rapid passages of music with complete accuracy. See Ref. no. N1936 for details of Boai appearing at the Egyptian Hall.