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The Bottle Conjuror was the 18th century's greatest hoax. Here's how our chief protagonist was involved

Firsthand accounts by the dramatis personae of all the machinations, plots, subterfuges and wiles undertaken in bringing about His Majesty King George II's Firework Spectacle of 1749 in celebration of the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle

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Here's a video of how Handel's music came to be written against the wishes of the King

The construction of the great temple from which the fireworks were launched had international implications