The magic lantern is an early type of image projector and was one of the first devices that allowed images to be projected onto a surface, It played an important role in the development of modern projection technology.
The earliest known reference to a magic lantern comes from a Dutch scientist named Christiaan Huygens, who described a simple projection device in 1659. The first true magic lantern, however, was developed by a German Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher in the 1670s. Kircher's lantern used a concave mirror to reflect light from a candle onto a glass slide that contained an image. The image was then projected onto a wall or screen.
Over the next century, the magic lantern became increasingly popular as a form of entertainment and education. Lantern shows were held in public places like theatres and town squares, and lanterns were used to illustrate lectures and scientific more...
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