New Praxinoscope Optical Animation Toy Replica Theater Brass Zootrope Zoetrope


New Praxinoscope Optical Animation Toy Replica  Theater Brass Zootrope Zoetrope

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New Praxinoscope Optical Animation Toy Replica Theater Brass Zootrope Zoetrope:
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Classic Praxinoscope
by Ancient Magic Art Tools

The praxinoscope is an animation device, the successor to the zoetrope. It was invented in France in 1877 by Charles-Émile Reynaud. Like the zoetrope, it used a strip of pictures placed around the inner surface of a spinning cylinder. The praxinoscope improved on the zoetrope by replacing its narrow viewing slits with an inner circle of mirrors, placed so that the reflections of the pictures appeared more or less stationary in position as the wheel turned. Someone looking in the mirrors would therefore see a rapid succession of images producing the illusion of motion, with a brighter and less distorted picture than the zoetrope offered. (See video at top of page)

Recently, optical toys and devices like the ones sold here are popping up in movies like The Woman in Black, Oz The Great and Powerful and Jack the Giant Slayer. And we supplied Disney with our very own Zoetrope Replicas and Phenakistoscope Sets to use in The Long Ranger and Saving Mr. Banks.

About THIS Classic Praxinoscope:

This is a fine replica of an 19th century Zoetrope. Handcrafted with attention to detail in the US by master craftsman Les Cookson; built to last-made to be used. This replicas is...
  • Fully functional
  • Has a solid Hardwood base
  • Cylinder is made out of brass colored metal
  • Mirrors are shatterproof plexiglass
  • Comes with 16 antique animation strip reproductions and a blank strip for you to make your own animation, a booklet of animation instruction and historical background about the toy
  • Measures about 6 5/8 inches (17 cm) high with 5 1/4 inch(13.5 cm) round cylinder


New Praxinoscope Optical Animation Toy Replica Theater Brass Zootrope Zoetrope:
$59

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