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    And now for something completely different - Shadowgraphy

    Shadowgraphy - the art of making hand shadows.

    Back in the 60s when I was a boy, I saw a man on the Ed Sullivan Show do these hand shadows, shadow puppets, something I had not seen before. He could make shadow profiles of animals and of famous people and I specifically recall one he did of JFK. For a while afterwards I would practice making my own shadow profiles and even did a pretty good one of JFK myself.

    The few shadow puppeteers I've seen since seem to not copy the famous human profiles done by other puppeteers. If that's true, then the guy I saw as a boy was Albert Almoznino who amazingly is still with us at age 95. The IMDB lists his appearances on Ed Sullivan no earlier than 1969 but I could have sworn I was younger than that. Anyway, here is one if his appearances on Ed Sullivan:

    Albert Almoznino on Ed Sullivan

    Here is another fellow, this one from Australia in 2007. It's very good:

    Shadowgraphy at the 7th Annual Helpmann Awards

    Anyway, here's to you, Mr. Almoznino. I remembered you.
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    Re: And now for something completely different - Shadowgraphy

    Heh.. reminds me of the wartime cartoon "daffy the commando"...
    Daffy did some shadow thing using a searchlight beam.. including a 3 girl kick line
    HAH!

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    Re: And now for something completely different - Shadowgraphy

    Quote Originally Posted by Eiji View Post
    Heh.. reminds me of the wartime cartoon "daffy the commando"...
    Daffy did some shadow thing using a searchlight beam.. including a 3 girl kick line
    HAH!
    Hey, I think I remember that! I found it here:

    Daffy the Commando (1943)

    Notice how the cartoonist included the shadow of her breast!

    At the end of his shadow play, Daffy pulls down a screen with the word Asbestos on it. Was there a joke about this at the time, do you know?

    Thanks.
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    Re: And now for something completely different - Shadowgraphy

    Quote Originally Posted by Unboxxed View Post
    At the end of his shadow play, Daffy pulls down a screen with the word Asbestos on it. Was there a joke about this at the time, do you know?
    Thanks.
    Asbestos curtains were a form of low-tech fire control in theaters (as well in shipyards and some auto industry) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries... a substance that will withstand a large amount of heat and can burn very slowly if it caught fire...
    they stopped using them as much when it was discovered that prolonged exposure can cause cancer.. (I think they do still us asbestos pads in chem labs)
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    Re: And now for something completely different - Shadowgraphy

    Quote Originally Posted by Eiji View Post
    Asbestos curtains were a form of fire control in theaters (as well in shipyards and some auto industry) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries... a substance that will withstand a large amount of heat and can burn very slowly if it caught fire...
    they stopped using them as much when it was discovered that prolonged exposure can cause cancer.. (I think they do still us asbestos pads in chem labs)
    So maybe the joke was that the flimsy screen Daffy pulled down was enough to protect him from the commandant because it was asbestos? Ok.

    They used asbestos in the popcorn ceilings in the homes of the 1950's.
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