In the late 18th and early 19th Century, many believed that the future would hold wonderful and miraculous inventions and discoveries, many of which have yet to be. From mind control devices to time travel, anything and everything seemed possible as the world entered into the industrial revolution. Innovators such as Benjamin Franklin harnessed the power of lightning. Theories of thought transference had been proposed by Dr. Franz Mesmer. Machines in the form of automatons could perform complex and difficult computations and tasks. And bigger steam powered machines could force the land around us to adhere to our will. The innovations and discoveries of the late 18th Century sparked the imagination of the public and planted the seeds for future generations of dreamers.
The conjurers of the late 18th and early 19th Century grew these ideas into full displays for all to see and experience. Cultivating the theories, innovations and discoveries of the early scientists and inventors, the conjurers used their skill in the magical arts to create, in reality, what the public could only dream. Many of the first automatons, complex clockwork machines, were designed, built, or demonstrated by conjurers.
It is this connection between the fiction of what early science proposed and the reality of what late 18th and early 19th Century conjurers created that perhaps opened the door for future science fiction and later steampunk enthusiasts.
Professor DR Schreiber’s performance once again sparks the imagination of the public with his examination of what history could have been. Just as the conjurers of the past, he explores the possibilities of what could be.
In addition to his performances, Professor DR Schreiber lectures on the steampunk connection to late 18th and early 19th Century conjurers, scientists, and innovators. He has performed and lectured for steam punk explorers, enthusiasts and dreamers, and he is available to be a part of your next adventure.