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Art of the Magic Lantern at Pollock’s Toy Museum

Sun 24 Oct - Sun 31 Oct

Performances and workshops at Pollocks Toy Museum during October half-term TBA

Tickets on sale soon…

What happens in the toy museum when the lights go out?

Come us as we shine Magic Lanterns into the hidden corners of the toy collection. What do the puppets and dolls get up to in the dark? This is your chance experience the museum as you have never seen it before!

The Magic Lanterns is ancient apparatus of lenses and lamps once used by showmen to conjure up strange moving phantasms in darkened rooms. With the invention of cinema and increasing familiarity with moving image projection, these devices were instead sold as optical toys for children. But where they really magic? What wonders await us…

Nicole Mollett and Frog Morris use re-purposes pre-cinema projection equipment to create new live performance pieces for contemporary audiences. Both antique slides and their own new handpainted slides are projected using refurbished Magic Lanterns and accompanied by live storytelling in a wonderful light show suitable for all ages.

This specially devised performative tour of Pollocks museum will use of smaller Children’s lanterns, a once popular during the Edwardian era, to project illusions in the little nooks and crannies of the museum.


Sun 24 Oct
Sun 31 Oct


Pollock’s Toy Museum
1 Scala Street,
London, Englabd W1T 2HL United Kingdom
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