An image of a magic lantern show performed at Providence Public Library

Wonder Show

The Wonder Show was an ongoing project in Providence that presented local stories through modern reinterpretations of magic lantern shows, a projection format that entertained and educated audiences before the dawn of cinema.

In spring of 2012, The Wonder Show offered two magic lantern performances at Providence Public Library using images from the Library’s collections. An accompanying exhibition, Sympathetic Magic, featured optical technologies, rare books and ephemera, and documentation of the Wonder Show’s creative process. Read more information about the project, the exhibition Sympathetic Magic, and fiction inspired by The Wonder Show below.