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PHANTASMAGORIA, a name invented by a certain Philipstal in 1802 (from Gr. <tta.vTa.atia., phantasm, apparition; and afopa, assembly) for a show or exhibition of optical illusions produced by means of the projecting lantern (q.v.). The word has since been applied to any rapidly or strikingly changing scene, and especially to a disordered or fantastic scene or picture of the imagination.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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