Phantasmagoria

see also hell show.

Étienne-Gaspard Robertson opened his Fantasmagorie in Paris in 1798 in the Couvent des Capucines, a semi-derilect convent, with tombstones and cloisters, and in the late eighteenth century a popular entertainment complex.
Magic lanterns on tracks moved, hidden, throughout the theater, projecting on various surfaces. Imagery exploited superstition and quackery and fear. It was immensely popular. He toured the show across the Atlantic. I WONDER HOW THAT WENT.

Léonard André Clisorius opened rival show, Fantasmaparastasie. Robertson sued successfully, but the trial revealed all of Robertson's secrets and similar shows sprung up across Paris and Europe.

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