Definition of phantasmagoria:
- An optical effect produced by a magic lantern. The figures are painted in transparent colors, and all the rest of the glass is opaque black. The screen is between the spectators and the instrument, and the figures are often made to appear as in motion, or to merge into one another.
- Fig.: A medley of figures; illusive images.
- The apparatus by which such an effect is produced.
- "Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, v7", Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne.
- "The Great God Pan", Arthur Machen.
He did not come that evening, and the evening passed like a phantasmagoria- the dinner in the sober little dining- room, Miss Robinson, richly dressed, opposite her; and the hours in her drawing- room afterwards, she and Miss Robinson on either side of the fire, quietly conversing.- "Franklin Kane", Anne Douglas Sedgwick.