The Phantascope or, to give it its correct name, Phenakistoscope, and sometimes called the Fantascope, was invented by the blind Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau in 1832. Its dicovery was simultaneous with the invention of the Stroboscope by the Austrian geologist S.von Stampfer. The two inventions are, in fact the same device.The Phantascope is commonly recognised by historians as being the first "moving picture" machine.