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Magic Lantern Show! Live piano!

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Tricks and Transformations

An entertainment devised by the renowned magic lantern performers Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker. The show will feature an authentic triunial (or Triple) magic lantern combining three projectors in a single device. This is the most complex and rarest form of magic lantern entertainment creating fast-moving shows featuring the most spectacular effects the lantern can produce. Carolyn and Jeremy Brooker have been performing together for over 20 years to perfect this demanding art.


With live musical accompaniment provided by acclaimed silent film pianist Costas Fotopoulos.


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  • Costas Fotopoulos -

    Costas Fotopoulos is based in London and works internationally as a composer and arranger for film, the stage and the concert hall, and as a concert, silent film and jazz pianist.

  • Jeremy Brooker -

    Jeremy Brooker is an independent researcher and historian of various aspects of magic lantern performance practice. A founding member and past Chairman of the Magic Lantern Society (UK), he was the first editor of its flagship quarterly publication The Magic Lantern. His particular areas of interest are the use of music and live action in conjunction with screen-based images, science as spectacle, stage illusion, and optical magic. A regular participant in international conferences, his publications include The Temple of Minerva: Magic and the Magic Lantern at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London 1837-1901 (2013) and (as co-author) The Magic Lantern Dancer: The Choreutoscope and Its Place in the History of the Moving Image (2023). He regularly presents spectacular, complex shows with his wife Carolyn using an authentic triunial (triple) lantern, and collaborates with other artists and musicians to create new works featuring the magic lantern.