Can you guess what it was mostly used for?
Horror shows featuring ghosts and spirits! It was, besides, also
used for educational lectures and travel shows. And of course, as
everyone needs a few laughs, it helped create comic shows that were
very popular. The moving parts and slides helped tell a story very
effectively. Later developments brought in the use of several
projectors at the same time and as a result, a wide range of effects
A Modern Slide Projector
To view cinema as we do today, a lot of developments took place. A
few of them are listed here:
An epidiascope is a magic lantern that may
be used for opaque objects or transparencies. This word comes from
the Greek epi, which means upon; dia, which means
through; and skopeein, which means to view.
A sciopticon is also a kind of magic
A stereopticon is a double magic lantern
that was used for getting better reproduction of pictures.
A chromatrope is the name given to a
rotating magic-lantern slide for the production of a kaleidoscopic effect.