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PHANTASMAGORIA

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 346 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PHANTASMAGORIA, a name invented by a certain Philipstal in 1802 (from Gr. ~&vrav sa, phantasm, apparition; and ayopa, assembly) for a show or exhibition of optical illusions produced by means of the projecting lantern (q.v.). The word has since been applied to any rapidly or strikingly changing scene, and especially to a disordered or fantastic scene or picture of the imagination.
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