178/365: spirit time

‘These objects were made for magicians to use in stage entertainments that imitated public séances. The clock would be spun and mysteriously land on the predicted hour and the spirit bell would chime in unison. The lock could open itself while disembodied rapping hands tapped out mysterious messages.’

Peering into a cabinet of curiosities at the ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic’ exhibition at the Wellcome Collection London. To see the image in colour and more, please click on my Flickr photostream link here.