The First Original Great Kettle Act

Billed as ‘The greatest performance ever witnessed on any stage’, The First Original Great Kettle Act had a lot to live up to when it was seen here in November 1904. The American demonstrator, Ralph Dean, used liquid air, which he made himself, to show a number of feats. He made rubber balls so brittle they would shatter to pieces, turned grapes into hail stones in a matter of seconds, poured ‘boiling water’ onto eggs freezing them into a block of ice so they could be broken by a hammer and reduced a test tube of kerosene to ice, which he then set alight.