Charmion: Trapeeze/Striptease Artist

The Human Marvels has a post about Laverie Vallee, better known as Charmion, a "strongwoman" who performed risqué (by the standards back then) striptease while swinging on the trapeeze!

The act opened with Charmion taking the stage in full Victorian attire. She would then mount the trapeze and proceed to undress to her leotard while performing impressive and strength-dependant stunts. The act was incredibly impressive and provocative for the era. However, the controversy created by her performances did not prevent the formulation of a devoted, and mostly male, fan base.

One of her greatest fans was Thomas Edison. As a result of that adoration, on November 11, 1901 Charmion committed a simplified version of her act to film for Edison. The film, simply entitled ‘Trapeze Disrobing Act’ focused more on the erotic aspect of the performance, though a few remarkable feats of strength are featured. | Video clip [YouTube, SFW]

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