Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The Sciopticon Manual, Explaining Lantern Projections in General and the Sciopticon Apparatus in Particular Including Magic Lantern Attachments, Experiments, Novelties, Colored and Photo-Transparencies, Mechanical Movements, etc.
Marcy, L. J.
ent disk, covered with figures in varied positions, is 
revolved with less rapidity in the opposite direction. 
Our improvement consists in 
having the distance of the crank 
wheel adjustable, a,nd in having 
only one band doubled back to 
run both wheels, so that the ten¬ 
sion of the band can be regulated, 
while both effect wheels are sub¬ 
ject to a band of like tension. 
Four adjustable disks of figures, 
viz. : the Fishers, the Skaters, the 
Giant’s Ladder, and the Bottle Imp, are now included 
in this new apparatus; each, wTien used, being held in 
place by a wire ring sprung into a surrounding groove. 
The Dancing Skeleton.—This effect is produced by 
having, say six transparencies of a skeleton, in as many 
different postures, set in a large disk, 
as shown in Fig. 34. Giving this wheel 
1 of a revolution at a time, brings the 
figures one by one into position to be 
projected upon the screen, while a re¬ 
volving opaque disk hides the passing 
off of one, and the coming on of another, 
making it appear as if the same figure 
were keeping time to the accompanying music, by strik¬ 
ing grotesque attitudes. 
The thousands who witnessed this striking feature of 
Prof. Pepper’s late American lecture tour, seemed fully 
to enjoy the worth of their money. 
It is but fair, however, to observe that the machine is 
complicated and cumbersome, and that it doubtless fas¬ 
cinates more for its novelty than for its intrinsic value


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