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Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater

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This is My Country

I really wanted to see this show. It was great! The narrator really makes the show. His voice is... read more

Reviewed August 15, 2018
Rachael C
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This Is My Country Excellent Show

Never heard of a Magic Lantern, but I would love to see more shows. Mark Sullivan is an excellent... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Patricia S
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The only permanent Magic Lantern Theater in the world in over 100 years. Travel back to a time “before the movies” when the spellbinding drama and humor of the Showman and the spectacular projected images from his “Magic Lantern Show” dazzled...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Ronks, Bird in Hand, PA 17505-9630
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Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

I really wanted to see this show. It was great! The narrator really makes the show. His voice is made for narrating. It’s a fun evening with a retelling of early America. I’m not sure if little kids would sit through it.More

Thank Rachael C
PlainTalkAmish, Artistic Director at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

Dear Rachael C, So glad you came to see the show. We have tried to make it fun and entertaining as well as delivering a bit of history without being "teachy" (don't think that is a word....) We hope you'll make it back to our...More

Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Never heard of a Magic Lantern, but I would love to see more shows. Mark Sullivan is an excellent showman/ storyteller. It would be a fun way to learn history. Recommend seeing it. Can't wait to come back. My daughter is not interested in history...More

Thank Patricia S
PlainTalkAmish, Artistic Director at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Dear Patricia S, Thank you so much for your really wonderful review! And I appreciate your daughter's evaluation as well! I look forward to you seeing more shows as well! All the best!

Reviewed July 27, 2018

My husband and I attending this show last week. I was somewhat optimistic, but also curious after reading the reviews. The cost is 20 for an adult and I believe 12.95 for child. I got a Groupon for 20 for 2 adults. Mr Sullivan has...More

Thank ronnysgirl
PlainTalkAmish, Artistic Director at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2018

Dear ronnysgirl, Thank you for such a kind and in-depth review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the show and were surprised by it. It is truly a unique form of entertainment that has been lost through time. I'm very happy that you got so much...More

Reviewed July 4, 2018

We attended the Magic Lantern Show on July 4. What fun. The Master of Ceremonies, Mark Sullivan, is very good at his job. His pre-show banter is fun, he is very personable, and it was the perfect show for the holiday. He does a good...More

Thank JanM16
PlainTalkAmish, Artistic Director at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Dear JanM16, Thank you so much for your review! Glad you enjoyed the show and I hope we might see you for the Christmas Show.

Reviewed January 6, 2018

What a great way to spend a Post Christmas and new years eve than a trip to the Magic Lantern show. Narrated by Mr. Mark Sullivan. Just amazing way to bring history to life. The show is done thru magic lantern that was made approximately...More

1  Thank Dianna M
PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2018

Hi Dianna, Thank you so much for coming, and for your five-star review! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed this "old entertainment that is new again."

Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

A visit back in time with a magic lantern from 1890's! Great show and an interesting history lesson on the evolution of entertainment.

Thank Anamika S
PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Thank you so much for the five-star review! Glad to hear you found the show fun and educational.

Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

Is what you should expect when you see a show . The narrative of the stories was great and his voice is perfect for telling stories. It’s about 90 min long. He stalls in the beginning by asking where everyone is from. He could do...More

Thank krocking123
PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Thank you for the review. We're delighted to hear that you found the show fun and entertaining. Hope to see you again!

Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

I didn’t know what to expect. A guy projecting images onto a screen for 90 minutes using a lantern from the late 1800s? Seriously? The verdict is in. The Magic Lantern Show was GREAT!!!!! The gentleman that is the host and lantern operator is very...More

Thank PWHerman
PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Thank you for the five-star review! Glad to hear that you were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the show (and our resident showman). Hope we'll see you for the Patriotic Show in the summer.

Reviewed December 17, 2017

A wonderful experience and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! The narrator was was funny, knowledgeable, and very engaging. The first 35 minutes were filled with laughter, jokes, a trivia quiz, and history. Once the lights went down and the Magic Lantern...More

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PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2017

Thank you for your great review! We're delighted to hear that the show put you in the Christmas spirit. The Underground Railroad show is, at the moment, only scheduled for groups of 20+. However, we welcome the public to come and see the shows as...More

Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

The Narrator was very knowledgeable and personable. The audience trivia was a nice warm up and a lot of fun. It was so nice to take a look back at theater history. Excellent experience and definitely worth checking out.

Thank J A B
PlainTalkAmish, Assistant Sales Manager at Magic Lantern Shows at Plain & Fancy Theater, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2017

Thank you very much for your five-star review! Glad that you enjoyed getting a chance to experience the show that was "before the movies."

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Response from Wonderbeard | Reviewed this property |
I do! The presentation is easy to understand and presents some historical truths even I; at 71 years; found interesting!
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There is no dress code whatsoever. You can go as casual or as formal as you'd like. My family was wearing shorts and sneakers or sandals when we went.
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