Shadowgraphy

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[[Shadowgraphy]] (or Ombromanie) is the art of using hands to form figures onto a screen using shadows. It can be traced back to 18th Century, although the idea is probably much older. Shadow puppets of Indonesia were being performed around 850 AD and in China during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). {{Youtube Thumb|JCb7R3v5nYg|400|'''Raymond Crowe'''}}
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'''Shadowgraphy''' (or Ombromanie) is the art of using hands to form figures onto a screen using shadows. It can be traced back to 18th Century, although the idea is probably much older. Shadow puppets of Indonesia were being performed around 850 AD and in China during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).
  
 
The art was introduced to Europe by travelers returning back from China, who had seen the Chinese puppet theater shows. The first "ombres chinoises" were presented in Paris in 1776 by Dominique Séraphin, but this was using  two-dimensional cut-out "puppets" made from various materials.  
 
The art was introduced to Europe by travelers returning back from China, who had seen the Chinese puppet theater shows. The first "ombres chinoises" were presented in Paris in 1776 by Dominique Séraphin, but this was using  two-dimensional cut-out "puppets" made from various materials.  
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It would appear that [[Alexander Herrmann]] learned Shadowgraphy from watching the performances of Trewey.  
 
It would appear that [[Alexander Herrmann]] learned Shadowgraphy from watching the performances of Trewey.  
  
[[David Tobias Bamberg]] most likely learned it from Alexander who passed this down to his son [[Okito]]. Okito passed it down to his son [[Fu Manchu]]. "Okito" toured with the Thurston show as a shadowgrapher for many years. "Fu Manchu" likewise featured shadowgraphy in his act for many years.
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[[David Tobias Bamberg]] most likely learned it from Alexander who passed this down to his son [[Okito]]. Okito passed it down to his son [[Fu Manchu]]. "Okito" toured with the Thurston show as a shadowgrapher for many years. "Fu Manchu" likewise featured shadowgraphy in his act for many years. Once he settled down in Buenos Aires and retired, Fu Manchu taught the act to [[Marcelo Contento]], with whom it died.
  
 
[[Max Holden]] featured Shadowgraphy in his performances, with his assistant wife, as the duo "Holden and Graham". Holden was famous for his shadow "Monkey in the Bellfry".
 
[[Max Holden]] featured Shadowgraphy in his performances, with his assistant wife, as the duo "Holden and Graham". Holden was famous for his shadow "Monkey in the Bellfry".
  
 
== Books ==
 
== Books ==
*Trewey wrote a 16 page booklet which was published just before his death called "The Art of Shadowgraphy - How it is done".
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* [[Hand Shadows to be thrown upon the wall]] by [[Henry Bursill]] (1859)
* A book published in 1859 by [[Henry Bursill]] entitled "Hand Shadows to be thrown upon the wall" contained numerous animals and humans each with their own careful illustration. 
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* [[Home Fun]] by [[Cecil H. Bullivant]] (1910) contains a chapter on Hand Shadows.
* An extensive chapter on Hand Shadows may be read in the book "Home Fun" by Cecil H. Bullivant (1910).
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* [[The Art of Shadowgraphy - How it is done]] by [[Felicien Trewey]] (1920)
* Bill Severn's Shadow Magic  
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* [[Bill Severn]]'s [[Shadow Magic]] (1959)
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Latest revision as of 18:21, 26 January 2013

Shadowgraphy (or Ombromanie) is the art of using hands to form figures onto a screen using shadows. It can be traced back to 18th Century, although the idea is probably much older. Shadow puppets of Indonesia were being performed around 850 AD and in China during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).

The art was introduced to Europe by travelers returning back from China, who had seen the Chinese puppet theater shows. The first "ombres chinoises" were presented in Paris in 1776 by Dominique Séraphin, but this was using two-dimensional cut-out "puppets" made from various materials.

In modern times, the art of "ombromanie" (using only the hands as a medium to create the shadow) was made popular by Félicien Trewey. At the age of fifteen Trewey ran away from home to become a magician and tight rope walker. Trewey popularized the art by making silhouettes of famous personalities with his hands. In 1889, he joined Alexander Herrmann.

Magicians performing shadowgraphy

Around the same time as Trewey, David Devant and Edward Victor were also performing Shadowgraphy in their acts.

It would appear that Alexander Herrmann learned Shadowgraphy from watching the performances of Trewey.

David Tobias Bamberg most likely learned it from Alexander who passed this down to his son Okito. Okito passed it down to his son Fu Manchu. "Okito" toured with the Thurston show as a shadowgrapher for many years. "Fu Manchu" likewise featured shadowgraphy in his act for many years. Once he settled down in Buenos Aires and retired, Fu Manchu taught the act to Marcelo Contento, with whom it died.

Max Holden featured Shadowgraphy in his performances, with his assistant wife, as the duo "Holden and Graham". Holden was famous for his shadow "Monkey in the Bellfry".

Books


References

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