Thaumatrope Motion Toys in Etsy

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The history of animation began with a simple device called the Thaumatrope. Dating back to the early 1800's the Thaumatrope works on the principle of persistence of vision which is the eye's ability to retain an image for a fraction of a second after the object is gone. In this case, the eye continues to see the two images on either side of the discs for a split second after each has appeared. As the Thaumatrope spins the series of quick flashes is perceived as one continuous image.

I've always loved the simplicity of these toys and their magical effect. So it was natural for me to want to create one for myself, with a Halloween theme of course. You can find this Head and Spectacles Thaumatrope and other styles in my Etsy shop. Enjoy!

7 comments:

Designs by CK said...

COOL treat!!! ~ I always wondered what the "official" name was!

Off 2 Etsy to check out the goods! '-)

CK

Designs by CK said...

Melissa LOVE the spider one...wish I weren't SO poor right now...alas an artists life! LOL

Well done!

CK

cd&m said...

These are amazing as is everything in your Etsy shop. I actually dropped by to thank you for visitng during Donna's Soiree now I must add your shop to my favs.

Designs by CK said...

Popping in here to say hello & thank you for being a great blogging friend!

Best,
CK :)

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Ummmmm--that is totally cool!!

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

I am sooo in love with what is going on in your world here!!! Oh me oh my!!!!

fetishghost said...

These are fantastic. I was just playing tooth faeiry for my daughter adding a couple of thaumatrope to her goodie box and found this page. Great stuff!!