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The Magic Lantern at Boscobel

January 24th, 2019


19th-Century Entertainment Continues to Entrance Audiences


(Garrison, NY – January 2019) – On the afternoon of Saturday, February 23, Boscobel will proudly present a demonstration of the magic lantern and its unique features.

As early as the 17th century, the magic lantern was used to project hand-painted slides in glowing, luminous color for awestruck audiences.

The presentation at Boscobel features filmmaker, author, and arcane media specialist Joel Schlemowitz’ demonstration of the 18th-century Phantasmagoria, a show which used the magic lantern to project images of ghosts and spirits.

This will be followed by projections of some of Mr. Schlemowitz’ collection of 19th-century magic lantern slides, including animated slip-slides, gearwork moving images, and dissolving views. These slides delighted audiences during the period Boscobel was inhabited. In fact, the Dyckmans, for which Boscobel was built, owned a similar projector.

The term “magic lantern” illustrates just how otherworldly this type of entertainment felt at the time. General audiences could not explain or comprehend the projected images according to known laws of the universe.

“Boscobel hopes to bring a 19th-century sense of wonder into the 21st century with this magical afternoon,” says Director of Visitor Engagement Ed Glisson. “While we officially open for our 2019 season in mid-April, this is an excellent opportunity to open the doors to the mansion and offer some light and color during the winter, all while celebrating history.”

Doors to the Historic House Museum will open at 2:00pm. Guests are welcome to peruse the first floor of the Neoclassical mansion at their leisure. At 2:30pm, The Magic Lantern, a one-hour show, commences in Boscobel’s gallery.

Saturday, February 23
Doors open at 2:00pm, hour-long show begins at 2:30pm in Boscobel’s gallery
Adult $22 | Member Adult $18 | Child Ages 5-18 $15 | Member Child $11
Not Recommended for Children Under the Age of 5
Please pick up tickets in Boscobel’s Visitor Center
Advance reservations recommended

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