A Magic Lantern Show at Locust Lawn Museum

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The historic Locust Lawn property recently invited the crew at Visit Gardiner along for a living experience of pre-cinema technology - a Magic Lantern Show, held at the Terwilliger House. The mechanical and "slip" magic lantern slides and sets of story and fairy tale slides, accompanied by the music of a spring-wound Victrola, shared tales from the 1800’s. We enjoyed a rare chance to see Victorian entertainment as it was used in parlors and theaters with original slides and vintage projectors on a property more than 200 years old. The following pictures are a chronicle of our visit.

Upcoming Events at Locust Lawn:
Croquet - September 20th 5:30p
Enjoy croquet on the lawn with baked goods and tea included. Fancy dress encouraged, but not required. Rain or shine.
Phantasmagoria - September 30th 7:00p
Magic lantern projection technology used by magicians, showmen and con-artists to conjure ghosts, ghouls, and phantoms. Tales of the supernatural will emanate from the lens of the magic lantern projector, adapted from the Phantasmagoria performances of Philipsthal and Robertson at the turn of the 19th century.

The backwoods deck at the Terwilliger House

The backwoods deck at the Terwilliger House

Vintage Victorian cupware was on display beside homemade ‘queen cakes’ and other refreshments

Vintage Victorian cupware was on display beside homemade ‘queen cakes’ and other refreshments

The spring-wound Victrola and Victorian projector worked together for the historical show

The spring-wound Victrola and Victorian projector worked together for the historical show

A show in action

A show in action

A sneak peak of a ‘slip’ magic lantern slide as part of a series of hand painted ‘slip’ slides

A sneak peak of a ‘slip’ magic lantern slide as part of a series of hand painted ‘slip’ slides

Onlookers view the ‘slip’ magic lantern slide outside of the Victorian projector

Onlookers view the ‘slip’ magic lantern slide outside of the Victorian projector