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The Big Draw Festival – Afternoon Session

October 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Make a simple Victorian device that animates pictures – your imagination is the limit.

Come along and make an optical toy known as a thaumatrope: This precursor to movies and animated films was very popular in Victorian times. It consists simply of a disk with a picture on each side, which is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one and/or give the illusion of movement.

Sounds simple eh? but the clever part is picking which pictures will combine together to give the most fabulous result.

Examples of common Victorian thaumatrope pictures include a bare tree on one side of the disk, and its leaves on the other, or a bird on one side and a cage on the other. Others also included riddles or short poems, with one line on each side, or the same picture that has part or all of it moved slightly.

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October 28
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Claire Linge