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1420: The earliest reference cited by The Magic Lantern Society to anything like a projection lantern is from Liber Instrumentorum by Giovanni de Fontana. The illustration shows a man holding a lamp or lantern, and on the wall is a large projected picture of the devil. Giovanni describes it as “a nocturnal appearance for terrifying viewers.” Although there is no hard evidence that de Fontana invented the Magic Lantern, Willem Tebra argued very strongly that he “had described the real concept of a magic lantern.”
1589: Giovanni Baptista della Porta published Magiae Naturalis Libri Viginti, in which he described the ancient art of projecting mirror writing. The book was published in English as Natural Magick in 1658.
1660’s: Thomas Walgensten used his so-called “lantern of fear” to summon ghosts. These misuses of this early machine were not uncommon. By the 18th century, use by frauds was common for religious reasons. For example, Count Cagliostro used it to ‘raise dead spirits’ in Egyptian masonry. Johann Georg Schröpfer used the magic lantern to conjure up images of dead people on smoke. Schröpfer, a performer, ended up going crazy and thinking he himself was pursued by real devils, and shot himself after promising an audience he would later resurrect himself.
Eventually, the magic lantern came to America. It continued to be used by magicians but also to project moving images for entertainment. There were even some examples of pornographic striptease slides starting in the 1920s and proceeding into the first half of the twentieth century. Today, the magic lantern is primarily only used by collectors.
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Peter Eramo, Jr. was born and raised in Long Island, NY. He has written several one-act and full-length plays, including Shed A Little Light, “Stipulations,” Escorts, and One Way Street which was produced at Theatre on 3 in New York City. While living in New York, he worked at various theaters as a publicist, playwright, actor and director. He is also the writer of several short stories, critical essays, poetry, and a children’s book, LiliAnne. Mr. Eramo last performed in 2009 for the Broadhollow Theatre and before that, played Bernard in Arena Playhouse Theatre’s production of Boeing, Boeing. In 2009, he completed his screen adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial for Telic Pictures. He is currently at work on an original screenplay — and finally trying to finish his latest (untitled) play.
Mr. Eramo attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later graduated from Hofstra University (B.A., Theatre). He received his M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College (2001). In addition to his writing and performance work, he has worked as an English and Drama instructor (high school & college). He also has extensive experience in public relations, working 8+ years for some of the most prestigious firms in NYC, with clientele that included: The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Circle in the Square Theatre, WPA Theatre, Phoenix House, The Anne Frank Center, AmeriCares, in addition to personalities such as Laurence Fishburne, Mercedes Ruehl, Anthony LaPaglia, Dominic Chianese, Olympia Dukakis, Martin Landau, among others.
A film fanatic at a very young age, he continues to go to and see as many films as possible. Because he has a tendency to voice his (very loud) opinions on film (even when nobody really cares what he has to say), he felt it would be a fun, productive, & interesting idea to start writing this film blog, (named after the autobiography of one of his most favorite filmmakers). An all-around animal lover, Mr. Eramo lives in Virginia with his adorable pug, Lily where he works for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Before that, he was the publicist for the Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre — and wrote on film for the online entertainment magazine Brightest Young Things.
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