|Born||Emil Teodorovich girshfeld-Renard|
April 11, 1894
|Died||December 19, 1965 (age 71) |
Emil Kio (April 11, 1894 — December 19, 1965) born Emil Teodorovich Girshfeld-Renard (Russian: Эмиль Теодорович Кио, Эмиль Теодорович Гиршфельд-Ренард) was a Russian illusionist who appeared with the Moscow State Circus. His wife performed as his assistant.
In 1989, a series of stamps were issued by the Soviet Union paying tribute to Soviet Circus performers. One stamp was dedicated to Emil Kio. It contained a scene intended to illustrate one of his illusions, "Cremation", in which Kio would cover his assistant with a cloth and all would be set on fire. The assistant would reappear from a box that had been suspended from the ceiling, in full view of the audience during the entire show.
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