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Woodblock print by Annie Bissett depicting an Uncle Sam themed magic lantern
Japanese woodblock (mokuhanga)
6" x 6" (15.24 x 15.24 cm)

M is for magic lantern, a software developed by the FBI for logging and recording keystrokes on a computer. Magic lantern is delivered to the target computer in an email.

A precursor to the film projector, the magic lantern (laterna magica) was a simple projector that used a concave mirror behind a light source (a candle or oil lamp) to direct light through a rectangular glass slide on which was a painted or photographic image. Although used as an entertainment device, the magic lantern was more often associated with magicians, conjurers, and mediums, who could use the device to project large and convincing images of ghosts and spirits onto smoke or thin gauze.

To read more about the wizards, magicians, and conjurers among the employees of our intelligence agencies, see my blog here.

13 applications of color, with blind emboss
Kochi Kozo paper
edition: 20