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Ghosts on the Stage. In Harper's Weekly. Vol. VIII. - No. 379, p. 221. April 2, 1864.


Published by New York. Harper & Brothers, 1864
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Illustrated. First Edition. Entire Issue, 15 pp. Fo. Slight browning of leading page edge. Else, Very Good +. Allan Sutcliffe, Pepper's Ghost and A Christmas Carol, The Dickensian, Vol. 101, Part 3, No. 467, pp. 225Ð232, Winter, 2005. In 1863, the conjuror John Henry Pepper demonstrated his Ghost Illusion in his dramatization of Dickens' Haunted Man. The illusion was originally devised by Henry Dircks, a Liverpool Civil Engineer as Dircksian Phantasmagoria and refined by Pepper with his 1862Ð63 production of Dickens' story. In it, the illusion of a ghost was attacked by a sword. According to Sutcliffe, the ghost illusion was used in many other dramatic productions. especially of Dickens' works, notably A Christmas Carol. During the period 1875Ð1900 several theatrical companies were active in productions of the ghost illusion, including Gompertz's "Spectrescope and Spectral Opera Company", Strange and Wilson's "Aetherscope and Spectral Opera Company", "The Original Pepper's Ghost and Spectral Opera Company". Attention has been called to Pepper's Ghost particularly by the 2005 exhibit on Spirits and Spiritualism by Ricky Jay at a New York Soho art gallery and his preceding talk at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This issue of Harper's Weekly describes the method used to project the image of the Ghost Illusion and is illustrated. The illustration was used by Sutcliffe for his article in "The Dickensian". This issue of Harper's Weekly has many articles on the Civil War, illustrated with images of Generals, the Gettysburg Cemetery as well as other interesting material, including full-page and double page illustrations by Thomas Nast. Bookseller Inventory # 10270

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Title: Ghosts on the Stage. In Harper's Weekly. Vol...

Publisher: New York. Harper & Brothers

Publication Date: 1864

Illustrator: Illustrated.

Edition: First Edition.

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