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The Glass Plate of a Magic Lantern

<p>The glass plate of a magic lantern used for phantasmagoria shows "T&ecirc;te de mostre &agrave; langue rouge" (circa 1800-1850). Photo: J.M. Oliveras.</p>

The glass plate of a magic lantern used for phantasmagoria shows "Tête de mostre à langue rouge" (circa 1800-1850). Photo: J.M. Oliveras.

The head of a monster or demon painted on the glass plate to be projected with the magic lantern, in a phantasmagoria show. The mechanised plate allows the eyes of the monster to move.

Phantasmagoria shows were carefully staged and the screening was done from behind a screen (projection) to prevent the public from seeing the projector. The black background meant that the box around the projection could not be seen, and avoided revealing the trick.

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