The Magiscope was an attraction at Manchester’s department store in Madison, WI, in 1939 that allowed children to peek into Santa’s workshop (as shown in Fig. 1). The “magiscope” was a telescope-like device that gave children the illusion they were looking at a distant Santa, when in fact they were looking at a fabricated workshop on an upper level of the department store. In this article, we describe how we used the puzzle of the magiscope as a final assessment for our optics unit in an introductory physics course.
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February 01 2017
Manchester’s Magiscope: An Interesting Optics Puzzle
Phys. Teach. 55, 106–108 (2017)
Rachael Lancor, Brian Lancor; Manchester’s Magiscope: An Interesting Optics Puzzle. Phys. Teach. 1 February 2017; 55 (2): 106–108. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.4974124
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