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The Moisse Fantascope and slides found a new permanent home and resides in the Qatar International Media Museum / IMM - QMA Qatar.

Qatar's International Media Museum
*'plans scrapped'*


Fantascope projection, extraite de la Physique de Ganot (A. Molteni)

The Fantascope is currently on display at the Cinémathèque Française in the permanent exhibition 'Passion Cinema'.

Fantascope & accessories was on display in Lanterne Magique et Film Peint a temporally exhibition organized by the Cinémathèque Française and Museo Nazionale Del Cinema.


Read about Phantasmagoria techniques (12 pages: start here)
Click here to see and read about military use of the Phantasmagoria during the tumultuous days of the French Revolution

The above image exist in several different versions, man with or withouth a beard, published in various popular scientific books. This version was published in: "Instructions Pratique sur l'emploi des Appareils de Projection; Lanternes Magique, Fantasmagorie, Polyoramas Appareils pour l'einseignement et pour les agrandissement" By A. Molteni / Constructeur d'instruments d'Optique, de Physique, de Mathématiques et de Marine.
Quatrième édition, Paris, 44, Rue Du Château-d' Eau (No date)

The technique of back-projection on a translucent screen is clearly demonstrated in this and many other images. The image shows the typical settings for a Phantasmagoria room; Fantascope - Screen - Public.
The first group of four images comes, resp., from Robertson (1763 - 1837) Brevet d'Invention and Memoires. Others from popular books, scientific instrument catalogues, magazines and projection manuals. A few of the images depicted on this page are details taken from a Pepper's Ghost projection setting where, withouth doubt, a fantascope was used as a lightsource to illuminate the ghost actor beneath the stage.

Download a bibliography for the Moisse Fantascope in PDF format

  Fantascope discovery drawing by (©) Rik Soenen  
  The drawing on the left, made by Rik Soenen, was my very first contact with the "Moisse Fantascope". It also illustrate the importance of collecting "ephemera" in a specific domain. The latter can help in tracing information or identification of rare and less rare items. This page depicts all Fantascope image ephemera I found during the past years.

Most illustrations where found in old catalogues, magazines and books. Several of them where published in more recent publications.

An interesting 19th. Century reference source is withouth doubt the French Magazine "Magasin Pittoresque" founded in 1833 and available online via Gallica.
This magazine is of interest to most collecting domains, since it was a popular publication that published in many various fields. The first public announcement of the invention of photography appeared in the Magasin Pittoresque 1839 edition.

A huge quantity of suchlike and more specific publications are a wonderful research field. Please, e-mail me know if you should encounter other Fantascope images in catalogues, books or manuals.


  Brevet d'Invention E.G. Robertson Brevet d'Invention E.G. Robertson


  Memoires E.G. Robertson Polyscope, Memoires E.G. Robertson


  Catalogue of Lerebours apparatus Lerebours et Secretan


  Appareils des projections, Molteni Appareils des projections, Molteni


  Fantascope The Hauchs' physiske cabinet in Denmark De Belgische Illustratie 1869-70


  Magasin Pittoresque, 1849 No original reference


  Magasin Pittoresque, 1849 Detail from a Pepper's Ghost illustration


  Appareils des projections, Molteni Magasin Pittoresque, 1849


  Detail from a Pepper's Ghost illustration Magasin Pittoresque 1869


  Catalogue of Lerebours apparatus Charles Chevalier


  Introduction à l' étude de la physique Joke (©) Rik Soenen

This last image is perhaps the most reproduced, and therefore, best known Fantasmagoria (Phantasmagoria) show evocation.
It was published in the "Magasin Pittoresque" 1849. (Not 1845, as often wrongly datet in literature)
A less known article on Phantasmagoria from the same source is found in the 1869 edition.


Magasin Pittoresque, 1849