Shadow Plays: Virtual Realities in an Analog World

Chapter 4, Note 35

Belzoni’s phantasmagoric exhibitions included other, more conventional variations on the moving lantern show as the one he presented in Cork, Ireland, early in 1812, “a FEAT OF LEGERDEMAIN” never attempted in Great Britain or Ireland, as the playbill claims: “After a number of Entertainments, he will/ CUT/ A Man’s Head off!! And put it on Again!!!”

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