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Thaumotropes and Phenakistoscopes

This event has finished. 1115 February 2013, 12 - 3.30pm

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Easier to make than to pronounce!, join our half term activity table to have a go at making these simple early animation toys.

A thaumatrope (or “woinder tuner”) is a toy that was popular in Victorian times where a disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image.

The phenakistoscope (or magic disc)...is a disk attached vertically to a handle with a series of drawings around its center and slits on its edge.  When it is spun around, you look in the mirror though the slits and see what appears to be a moving image