The Richard Balzer Collection

View the collection's archives at www.dickbalzer.com

We are delighted to announce our collaboration with gifpop!

This lovely skeleton phenakistoscope is now available to purchase as a lenticular print on the gifpop store. 19th century technology is reborn in 21st century style!

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Phenakistoscope - England - 1833

Phenakistoscope - England - 1833

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The Magic Lantern Society of the US and Canada will be holding its 16th International Convention in Boston from July 10-13th.

The convention will be held at the museum that houses the Richard Balzer Collection. There is a terrific program, over two and a half days, including magic lantern shows and presentations about the history of the magic lantern and other forms of visual entertainment.

Come hear about 18th century shows in Venice and Phantasmagoria performances in Madrid. Come learn about the great 19th century traveling show, “Théatre Mécanique Morieux de Paris. Come learn about the Pilgrims Progress Panorama and be entertained by stories about the Great Snazelle, magician and magic-lantern showman. There will be an exhibition of magic lantern material and an auction, open to all who attend. 

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There will be the world premiere of the new documentary about Magic Lantern Society member Terry Borton. The film is titled “A Magic-Lantern Life: The Story of the American Magic-Lantern Theater”. On Saturday night, there will be an evening of Magic Lantern Entertainment at the iconic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Starting at 7:30pm five lantern showmen will each give fifteen minutes shows. Open to the public, this will be an evening not to be missed!

For more information about convention attendance and registration please contact Richard Balzer at dickbalzer@gmail.com

Phenakistoscope - France - c. 1833

Phenakistoscope - France - c. 1833

"The Bogle" - Thomas McLain - Phenakistascope - England - 1833

"The Bogle" - Thomas McLain - Phenakistascope - England - 1833

Magic lantern slides for movie theater advertisements - America - c. 1925

Zoetrope - c. 1870

Zoetrope - c. 1870

The Praxinoscope - Émile Reynaud - France - c. 1880

Phenakistoscope - France - c. 1833

Phenakistoscope - France - c. 1833

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