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Washington Irving Bishop was the first to drive a vehicle through public streets while blindfolded. He drove a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Boston on November 20, 1886. The feat was reported in the November 21, 1886 issue of the New York newspaper The Sun. Bishop performed the stunt in the context of finding a small article that a committee had hidden somewhere in the city. Subsequent performers in the early twentieth century adapted this publicity stunt to automobiles and dropped the location of a hidden object, making the effect one purely of eyeless vision.