1786 Occult Physics MAGIC Lantern Tricks Electricity Conjuring GUYOT Mirrors 3v

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An incredible late 18th-century book on magic and physics phenomena by E.G. Guyot. Illustrated with over 100 exquisite figures, this book contains card tricks, slight-of-hand tricks, magic mirrors and lanterns, dice games, chess and much more!

Edmé-Gilles Guyot (1706–1786) was a French physician, postmaster, cartographer, inventor and author on mathematics, physics and magic. He experimented with optical illusions and with the theory behind performance magic. His developments into the apparent appearance of ghosts, using the projection of a figure into smoke, helped to create the technology and techniques used in phantasmagoria.

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1786 Occult Physics MAGIC Lantern Tricks Electricity Conjuring GUYOT Mirrors 3v

Illustrated with over 100+ Copper Engravings!

An incredible late 18th-century book on magic and physics phenomena by E.G. Guyot. Illustrated with over 100 exquisite figures, this book contains card tricks, slight-of-hand tricks, magic mirrors and lanterns, dice games, chess and much more!

Edmé-Gilles Guyot (1706–1786) was a French physician, postmaster, cartographer, inventor and author on mathematics, physics and magic. He experimented with optical illusions and with the theory behind performance magic. His developments into the apparent appearance of ghosts, using the projection of a figure into smoke, helped to create the technology and techniques used in phantasmagoria.

Main author: Edme-Gilles Guyot

Title: Nouvelles récréations physiques et mathématiques contenant ce qui a été imaginé de plus curieux dans ce genre et qui se découvre journellement, auxquelles on a joint, leurs causes, leurs effets, la mani¿ere de les construire, & l’amusement qu’on en peut tirer pour étonner et surprendre agréablement.

Published: Paris : Gueffier, 1786.

Language: English

Notes & contents:

  • 3 volume set
  • Illustrated with 102 engravings

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Binding: tight and secure leather binding

Pages: complete with all xv + 375 + vii + 410 + 408 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: Paris : Gueffier, 1786.

Size: ~8in X 5in (20cm x 13cm)

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Edmé-Gilles Guyot (1706–1786) was a French mail clerk,[1] physician, postmaster, cartographer, inventor and author on the subject of mathematics, physics and magic. He experimented with optical illusions and with the theory behind performance magic. His developments into the apparent appearance of ghosts, using the projection of a figure into smoke, helped to create the technology and techniques used in phantasmagoria.

Contents  [hide]

1              Mathematics, science, and magic

1.1          Nouvelles recreations physiques et mathematiques

2              Medicine

3              Publications

4              References

5              External links

Mathematics, science, and magic[edit]

Manufacturer of conjuring apparatus and scientific instruments, Guyot was accused[2] of exploiting and revealing the tricks used at the time by magicians and science populizers like Nicolas-Philippe Ledru and François Pelletier. He created “magic theatres” for the aristocracy – small boxes that use lanterns and slides to create an animated story.[3] Guyot’s work was influential in the development of magic lanterns and their use in phantasmagoria.[4][5] In 1770 he detailed a method of simultaneously using two different slides in this early projection device. His example was a sea that would become increasingly stormy, throwing around the ships that were sailing on it. He advised that the slides would need to be very carefully painted in order to create a realistic and beautiful animation. His writings on the subject were translated into English and German and were widely circulated around Europe.[6] His experiments led to the technique of projecting images onto smoke to create the appearance of ghostly apparitions.[7] In 1779 Guyot described the use of transformation slides in magic lanterns to create simple animations.[8]

Nouvelles recreations physiques et mathematiques[edit]

Guyot’s four part book Nouvelles recreations physiques et mathematiques featured descriptions of experiments and examples of how various innovative mathematical and magical tricks could be performed. The book was first published in 1769 and included an explanation of the missing square puzzle,[9] building on the earlier work of Sebastiano Serlio.[10] It also includes detailed, illustrated techniques for the performance of the cups and balls trick that is regarded as being greatly influential.[11]

The book was translated into English by William Hooper, being released in 1774 without credit to Guyot.[3]

Categories

Esoteric & Occult

Mathematics & Physics

Authors

Edme-Gilles Guyot

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete