Obscura Society DC: Wunderkammer Magic with Ferdinando Buscema - Atlas Obscura

Washington, D.C.

Obscura Society DC: Wunderkammer Magic with Ferdinando Buscema

Discover the secrets of Renaissance Cabinets of Wonder with acclaimed Italian author and performer Ferdinando Buscema

The artform of the Wunderkammer, or “Chamber of Wonders,” is the juxtaposition of curious objects to evoke a sensation of awe and surprise.

Reaching their zenith in Renaissance Europe, chambers of wonders are the basis for many modern museums, including the Smithsonian Institution. But what exactly was so wondrous about these Wunderkammern anyways? Were they just a hodgepodge of disorganized junk? Or was there more much more than meets the eye?

Join Obscura Society Field Agent and historian of technology Alex Boxer for a very special evening featuring acclaimed author and performer Ferdinando Buscema, Europe's foremost expert on “magic-experience-design,” to experience firsthand how these wonders were meant to be staged. 

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Notes for this Adventure:

- Doors will open at 6:30 pm with sarsaparillas and light snacks. The lecture-show will begin promptly at 7 pm.

- The Loft at 600 F is located across the street from the Gallery Place Chinatown metro stop (red, green, and yellow lines).  Street parking is available, but very limited. 

- Photography is allowed, but please no video recording. 

-  Post your photos to social media! Tag @atlasobscura and @ferdinando_MED with the hashtag #ObscuraSociety 

- In addition to this lecture-show, Ferdinando will be providing a workshop for a limited group of students on Saturday, July 9th, on how to use the secrets of “magic-experience-design” to create wonders in everyday life. Purchase tickets here

All ticket sales are final.  Questions? Please contact Alex Boxer (alex@atlasobscura.com).