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Marvel at tales of bumbling pig farmers and demonic porcupines. Gasp as a crooked baker is seized by the legions of hell. Flee in panic as Richard III lurches towards you from the darkness.
Join Phillip Roberts, a researcher with the National Science and Media Museum and the University of York, for a tour of the early history of projection and learn how the magic lantern was made, mocked, stolen and sold over its 300-year history.
Using original hand-painted slides and equipment, including an irreplaceable 187-year-old Improved Phantasmagoria Lantern, Phillip will demonstrate optical tricks and magnificent visions. Based on original research, and revealing ground breaking new discoveries in the history of technology, this is a unique opportunity to see a real working magic lantern and to hear the stories that it told.
By day Phillip Roberts is a researcher working with the National Science and Media Museum and the University of York. In the evenings he is a showman, projecting images, singing and performing with shadow puppets around the UK.