Shadow Plays: Virtual Realities in an Analog World

Chapter 4, Note 34

See Stanley Mayes, The Great Belzoni: The Circus Strongman Who Discovered Egypt’s Treasures (London: Tauris Park, 2003), 66: Belzoni’s Aggrescopius was not unique in its pseudo-classical linguistic coinage. Other less educational, indeed rather bizarre shows, by outlandish names, such as the Pantoscopic Theatre which exhibited “a great variety of Optical Eidothaumata,” including some surprising “Capnophoric Phantoms” were on the billboard at the Lyceum in 1804.

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