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The myriorama was a popular amusement during the nineteenth century. The first references are found in 1830 in the city of Leipzig (Germany), subsequently spreading throughout Europe during the nineteenth century. It is illustrated with a collection of fragments of a scene, typically a landscape cards. Each card is drawn so that the image lines on the sides coincide with those of any other card, a..



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In 1676 the physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton unveiled research that for several years had been conducted to discover the additive synthesis of color and the persistence of vision. His famous disc was a demonstration of these principles. It was many years after that different scientists and researchers were extending this knowledge and so in 1760, Jean Antoine Nollet devised a top composed ..


Toy Phone Teletone

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The Teletone is a toy phone that proves to us as the sound wave is transmitted through a wire. Speaking our voice rope travels, making vibrate thea membrane that is in the receiving apparatus. The receiver becomes emitter doing the same membrane vibrate when we speakingOur toy is bearing a string of no less than four meters, so to put tense and even speaking softly, the message can be perfectly au..


Telescopic view- peep show crystal palace

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The telescopic view was a popular optical divertimento in nineteenth-century Europe. It was originated in England in the nineteenth century in the Victorian era. It consists in the partition of one scene in various planes which are located along a bellows, one after the other. Looking through the hole in its cover and with extended bellows, we see the scene with all its depth. Were multiple reason..

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Whale tail

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The blue whale is the largest known animal that has ever populated the Earth. These majestic marine mammals dominate the oceans with their 30 meters in length and weighing up to 180 tons. Only his tongue can weigh as much as an elephant, and the heart, like a car. Blue whales reach these exorbitant dimensions with a diet composed almost exclusively of an animal resembling a tiny shrimp, krill. At ..


Jacob´s ladder

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The socalled Jacob's ladder or magic staircase magic is one of the most ancient and popular optical toys. While not confirmed, it is said that a toy of similar characteristics was found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, which could be inferred that the Egyptians were the inventors of this curious system of linking the tablets, for whom and by simply turning 180 the handle, they change "magically..


Toupie fantoche

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The toupie fantoche was an optical toy patented by Emile Reynaud in 1881 and was a simplification of the praxinoscope that he had invented a few years earlier. It consists of a truncated pyramid whose walls are covered by four mirrors. The body turns around an axis built into a wooden handle . At its peak it has a device on which to place the disks with artwork. To rotate it, the images reflected ..


Anamophosis (Magic mirror)

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Anamorphosis was a method already described in the mid-fifteenth century in the study of Piero della Francesca on perspective. In 1533 we found ourselves in a curious anamorphosis painting painted by Hans Holbein in his painting The Ambassadors, where a deformed skull appears. Anamorfosis word first appears in 1612, Salomon de Caus being one of the first researchers on such images. Based on the ge..



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Based on the experiments of Newton and later on the ones made by Mark Roget and Michael Faraday about retinal persistence, the Belgian Josep Plateau invented in 1832 the phenakistiscope. The retina, which is a membrane that lines the inside of the eye, senses and sent to the brain via the optic nerve, the changes in the brightness of the image perceived. This membrane secretes a substance that bre..