Let in the Light

We are all more or less familiar with the vitascope and its manipulation. To produce its effects means first of all the exclusion of the sunlight. Then a little counterfeit light is produced which is entirely subject to the control of the operator, both as to its intensity and the direction of its reflected rays.

The innocent curtain is then quite at the mercy of the operator's slides, and displays its passing pictures of pleasure and of pain, of peace and warfare, of life and death, in keeping with the will of him who commands the condition of the pantomine.

We know that there is one redress, that an admitted burst of sunlight would dispel it all, and yet this realistic illusion can be continued indefinitely, if we are pleased to bar out the sun and be subject to the counterfeit light and its manipulation.

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August 28, 1902

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