A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Show
At Guy's Hospital Chapel with Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker 
on Saturday the 19th March 2022 at 7:30 pm

ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS - If you are coming from London Bridge station, please take the Guy's Hospital exit. You will see the new hospital straight ahead of you. Please turn right and a little further down St Thomas St you will find a courtyard marked with Kings College London. The Chapel is in this Couryard to the RIGHT of the vaccination centre.

The Magic Lantern was invented by 17th Century Dutch scientist and mathematician Christiaan Huygens, who also devised the pendulum clock and discovered Saturn’s moon Titan. Huygens, as an august and respected man of science was a little embarrassed at his name being associated with so frivolous an apparatus. Within a short time, magic lanterns were being sold in London by the optical instrument maker Richard Reeve. Samuel Pepys was an early purchaser of one.

By the mid 18th century Magic Lanterns had been adopted by travelling showmen and conjurors, who realised their potential for scaring audiences with images of ghosts, gods and other supernatural creatures. Magic Lanterns were also used in necromancy (communication with the dead). They remained the dominant visual medium for 250 years until the invention of cinematography.

In this show Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker will use their authentic Triunial Magic Lantern, combining three projectors in a single device, to create a fast-moving show featuring the most spectacular effects the lantern can produce. Using original 19th century phantasmagoric images they will summon up a celebration of goblins, ghosts and the downright weird amidst the Victorian splendour of Guy's Hospital Chapel. Costas Fotopoulos will provide the piano accompaniment.

Tickets £15 including a Gothic Punch and 20% donation to the DEC Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Please click here to purchase.

Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker
Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker present unique magic lantern entertainments using original glass slides and equipment from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries alongside modern slides of their own creation.Their shows 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. It allows them to present their 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.

Costas Fotopoulos
Costas works internationally as a composer and arranger for film, the stage and the concert hall, and as a concert, silent film and jazz pianist. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

Image credit - A "Phantasmagoria" startles the crowd. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons