Jean-Claude SEGUIN

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L'eidoloscope (Wonderland, 16 décembre->19 décembre 1895)

L'eidoloscope va offrir des séances de vues animées au Wonderland de Detroit, dont le propriétaire est J. H. Moore, à partir du 16 décembre 1895:

The Wonders of the Eidoloscope Will be Displayed This Week.
The wonder of invention is to be the main feature of interest at Wonderland all this week, and if the reports heard of the pleasure of witnessing a display of the great Eidoloscope, which is said to be the most marvelous and at the same time enticing thing yet seen in a theater, are true, the show will indeed draw big houses. It combines the principles of Edison's kinetoscope with the work of the magic lantern; throwing the figures upon canvas, life size, and making real the life depicted. For instance, in such an exhibition one sees two champions of the fistic arena engaged in a red hot struggle: they display all the science of the ring, and one sees an actual battle by men who only need to shout to make the people believe that actual blood and flesh is before them. This curiosity is the invention of Woodruff [sic] Latham and has created great enthusiasm. Among other shows in the theatorium is a big programme, the principal feature of which is Will F. Denny, with new songs; the Valdares, champion trick bicycle riders; Brennan and Wheeler, in a pleasing skit, and the London Bowery boys in a series of comicalities. In the curio hall will be found Whale Oil Gus, who gives a practical showing of how whales are captured; Madame Meyers, the bearded woman: Apache George and Arizona George. the experts with the whip and lasso. Grace Courtland. the witch of Wall street, is also seen here.

Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Sunday, 15 December 1895, p. 24.

Les informations restent assez vagues et approximatives - le nom de Woodville Lathman est modifié -, sans doute parce que journaliste ne connaît pas encore l'eidoloscope. L'eidoloscope est encore annoncé le 19 décembre (Detroit Free Press, Detroir, 19 décembre 1895, p. 3).


L'eidoloscope (Opera House, 30 mai->24 juin 1896)

L'eidoloscope est présenté à l'Opera House à partir de la fin du mois de mai 1896.

detroit opera house 1900
Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Mich. (1900)
© Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
detroit opera-house eidoloscope 1896
Detroit Free Press, Detroit, samedi 30 mai 1896, p. 5.

Le public des enfants est souvent invité à des sessions de vues animées, et l'impresario du eidoloscope à Detroit ne déroge pas à cette habitude:

The managers of eidoloscope at the Detroir Opera House have invited the children of the Protestant and Catholic orphan asylums to visit the exhibition Wednesday afternoon.

Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Sunday, June 7, 1896, p. 5.

Les dernières séances ont lieu vers le 24 juin 1896. À cette occasion, de nouvelles vues sont présentées :

Last present week will conclude the exhibition by the eidoloscope at he Detroit opera house, and a new picture has been added which should prove a great attraction. It is a reproduction of the New York Times [sic] bicycle parade and is very clearly shown. In the background can be seen the immense grand stand crowded with people, while the cyclists go wheeling past in clubs, each with a distinctive uniform. the scene is so vividly portrayed that it appears life-like in every way. The pictures of the bull fight, rapids of Niagara Falls and scene on Fifth avenue are also retained.

Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Wednesday, June 24, 1896, p. 10.

L'Amet Magniscope (Circus, <27> décembre 1896)

L'Amet Magniscope est installé au Circus et la presse donne un aperçu de son réperfoire :

After the big show is over the concert comes in. In this attraction the
Reproduces in life-like fidelity to every detail of motion a series of graphic pictures. The following are shown: Broadway, New York, "Bathing in the Surf." "Employes leaving Clark's Thread Mill," "Passaic Falls," "Mounted Police Making a Charge Through Central Park, New York," "Burning Stable." "Feeding the Doves," "Annabell, the Serpentine Dancer," "Carpenter Shop," "Surf at Long Branch," "Pickaninies" Barth. JOE HESS, drum major of the Newsboys' Band, in clever Baton Swinging. OTIS AND PEARCE, In a budget of Songs, and WILLIE GAULT, in erudite remarks on everyday topics, enliven the bill of the concert.
ADMISSION, 25c. Children under 12 years, 10c.

The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, dimanche 27 décembre 1896, p. 17.