Chiromagica

Chiromagica
Chiromagica
Chiromagica
Chiromagica
Title
Chiromagica
Date 
ca. 1870
Medium 
Wood, glass, paper
Dimensions 
box: 2 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. ( 5.1 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm )
Description 
Board game with three paper discs in a wooden box with sliding lid; on cover, illustration with figure of wizard in red robe and peaked cap, pointing to central design, with books, globe, rolled up papers, spyglass, and cat at his feet; central design consists of a circle hung behind wizard's head with pointing hand to right of circle, surrounded by billowing clouds; one paper disc pasted to glass case inside box; three sheets of printed paper with circles cut out of centers, with answers to the questions on the discs in circles bordering interior edge.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.488
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "CHIROMAGICA/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S N.Y."
Gallery Label 
McLoughlin Brothers' 1885 catalogue described Chiromagica as a "wonderful contrivance" based on "scientific principles" and noted that it affords "endless amusement for the family circle." The Magician's hand miraculously indicates the correct answers to questions posed by questions on the game cards.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group