Musée Patamécanique is, perhaps covertly, inspired by these ancient phantom chambers as well as the techniques that were used to create them.

For instance, Étienne-Gaspard Roberts's original "Fantasmagorie" was staged on the outskirts of Paris some time in the late 1790’s. His choice of an abandoned abbey as the location for his shows enhanced the immersive other-worldly atmosphere of show. Roberts – who went by the stage name Robertson, invented an improved version of the magic lantern called the “Fantoscope” along with many other optical inventions which he used for telling his phantasmagorical tales to small crowds. Sound effects would accompany these performances including voices of spirits produced by Robertson and his assistants.

 

Through a combination of a darkened immersive atmosphere, artfully hidden cutting edge projection technology and imaginative storytelling techniques - phantoms could be conjured out of the afterlife to a horrified yet mesmerized audience.