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Idler was a shoemaker in Augsburg, who also had several other interests. He was also known as a poet and actor. He was married two times.
Idler dreamed of flying, and constructed a set of wings that he would ride while hanging suspended from his arms. He made one attempt at flying, originally planning on launching himself from the Perlachturm, a 70-meter tower in the center of Augsburg, but the clergyman was able to convince him to start at a lower level. In the attempt he was unable to control his descent, and fell onto a bridge. He survived, but four chickens under the bridge were killed when it collapsed.
- The record of his second marriage lists Elias Holl as Idler's wedding guarantor, according to the German-language version of Wikipedia.
- We do not have details of the design, since he burned the machine after his failed attempt.
-  booked.net website
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