Dr. Walford Bodie

Between 1905 and 1918, Dr. Walford Bodie ‘The Bloodless Surgeon’ performed his act five times on the Hippodrome stage. Predominantly featuring the power of (static) electricity his act involved using it to hypnotise young men in the audience making them sing, dance and give speeches and more controversially using the electricity to ‘cure’ people of their paralysis. The show’s review from March 1906, described Bodie as a ‘modern miracle worker’ who would offer any person a £1,000 to prove that his cures were not genuine.