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an early type of projector for showing still pictures from transparent slides
An optical device formerly used to project an enlarged image of a picture.
(plural magic lanterns)
- An early form of slide projector that could achieve simple animation by moving and merging images.
- An old name for a slide projector.
- The term was originally used for the ancient Chinese technique of projecting a painting on glass using an oil lamp, and was extended to include partial movement effects before true motion pictures were invented. It is still occasionally used for the modern slide projector.