Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Sid Plummer and his Donkey Xylophone
Drawing on his training as an engineer he built a xylophone that could emit smoke, collapse and reassemble on command and give the impression that snakes were running over its surface.
He also developed a trick with ultraviolet light that gave the impression that figures had appeared on the xylophone but the highlight of his set was The Donkey Serenade.
This involved Sid singing and playing the xylophone which would transform into a donkey as the song progressed.
Sid Plummer died in 1967 and his xylophone now has a home in the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill.