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.
and pasted on the glass. Glass may be smoked or cov¬ 
ered with opaque paint, and diagrams scratched upon it 
with a needle-point or sharp knife ; the light passing 
through these lines appearing on the screen as a white 
chalk diagram on a blackboard. Still another way of 
preparing diagrams is to dissolve gelatine, such as is 
used in cooking ; strain, and pour it over the glass, form¬ 
ing a thin film on its surface. When this is dry, the dia¬ 
gram is scratched on as before, and soft lead rubbed over 
the lines. Mottoes may be photographed on glass, and 
then colored, or the designs drawn with the pen or 
brush, and colored. 
The Sciopticon is extremely well adapted for experi¬ 
ments and amusements, as its front lens can be drawn 
out, giving ample space for the introduction of figures 
and such like. Small china and wooden dolls, with but 
slight tissue-paper dress, may be made to twirl or move 
about in many curious ways; those with perfect faces 
are the best. They of course must be suspended by a 
silk or wire attached to the feet ; but a hint is sufficient. 
Lizards, fish, and insects in the tank are always pleasing 
because they move. When one has but few slides, the 
entertainment may be varied by introducing some of 
the home-made objects, thus affording much amusement, 
with but slight expense and trouble. 
President of the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N. J. 
In addition to the use of the magic lantern in its 
original office of exhibiting pictures, it will admit of a 
great variety of applications which enable the operator


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