Brindle's Magic Lantern Show

posted by Ian Lewis in Club Meetings

Alan Brindle made the long journey from Southampton to present a show of images using the latest state-of-the-art technology - for the year 1800.

Before the days of computers, television, radio and even electricity, the Magic Lantern Show was a favourite form of entertainment. Alan completed the early Victorian atmosphere by coming fully regaled in bow tie, top hat and tails and a Victorian cane.

He was the perfect showman and shared with us many of his lantern slides which were created before photography was even thought of by Mr Fox-Talbot. These slides were all hand drawn, many of which were animated by means of moving sliders which altered the image on screen. Others told moralistic stories with titles across the top of the slide using up to ten separate images.

Whilst not quite as expected, a totally unique evening was enjoyed by everyone who attended particularly the son of one of our members who entered into the spirit of the presentation with great responses and banter.


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