The Boscobel in Garrison has announced a demonstration of the magic lantern and its unique features, set for Saturday, February 23 at 2:30 pm. 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.
Schlemowitz will show projections from his collection of 19th-century magic lantern slides, including animated slip-slides, gearwork moving images, and dissolving views.
Doors to the Historic House Museum will open at 2 pm. Guests are welcome to peruse the first floor of the Neoclassical mansion at their leisure. At 2:30 pm, The Magic Lantern, a one-hour show, commences in Boscobel’s gallery.
Advanced registration is recommended. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $18 for Boscobel members, $15 for chilren ages 5-18, and $11 for members ages 5-18. Not Recommended for Children Under the Age of 5. Pick up tickets in Boscobel’s Visitor Center.
The Boscobel is located at 1601 Route 9D in Garrison. For more information visit their website.
Photo of Joel Schlemowitz and his partner Dawn Elliott examining magic lantern slides provided.