Recent tremendous success of the special-effects-laden of Indian films reminded me of what I had read about such effects during the Parsi Stage Era.
Here is an add for the drama Nal Damayanti describing Eleven special effects and persuading the patrons to come, See?, See?, See?
[From the book The Indian Theatre by R K Yajnik (1933)]
Naturally, they would need people to create and produce such effects live on stage during every performance. Luckily, I was able to find a brief bio of one such pioneer, Dinshaw Irani.
[From the book Bengali Stage 1795-1873 by B N Banerjee.]
Now You Know!