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We look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe and sensible to do so. Currently, Boscobel is able to welcome healthcare workers for free, scheduled visits to the gardens and grounds. Please contact Director of Visitor Engagement Ed Glisson at to inquire. x

The Magic Lantern – Cancelled

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We plan to reschedule this program at a later date this year.


Anyone who has purchased tickets for this event will be be contacted and offered a refund.


12:00pm: A Children’s Show
Experience a lively re-creation of a 19th-century magic lantern show. Humorous animated slip-slides will be projected, with noisemakers handed out to audience members to accompany the comic action on screen. Children will have the opportunity to create their own magic lantern slides and experiment with equipment such as a miniature theater and original children’s magic lantern.

3:00pm: Grandfather of Cinema
For three hundred years, the magic lantern was used to project hand-painted glass slides in glowing, luminous color for awestruck audiences. Filmmaker, author, and magic lanternist Joel Schlemowitz will provide an illustrated history of the magic lantern, and demonstrate the effects used to create moving images before the invention of the movies. The marvels of pre-cinematic animation will be seen upon the screen and the secrets of the methods explained. The presentation will conclude by stepping back into the world of 19th-century popular entertainment with the comic narrative of John Gilpin, using British magic lantern slides, accompanied by narrator, music, and live sound effects.

Seating is limited. Advanced reservations are highly recommended.

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