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Oracle of Delphi

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Oracle of Delphi is an illusion in which a talking head is floating in space.

The illusion was created by Thomas Tobin and premiered in December of 1865, at the Royal Polytechnic, under the auspices of John Henry Pepper. The newspapers advertised it as "The Modern Delphic Oracle".[1][2]

It was sort of cross between Tobin's other successful illusion, The Sphinx, and Pepper's Ghost.[3]


  1. Magician Annual By Will Goldston, 1907-1908, page 27
  2. "Cyclopaedic Science Simplified" by J.H. Pepper (1869)
  3. Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians by Steinmeyer, James H. (2003)