Remember all those hand shadow puppets you used to make as a kid? Fortunately, Australian Raymond Crowe never grew out of the joy of making them. He tours the world creating hand shadows, going by the whimsical title of “Unusualist”. His Web site is a whimsical as his art, and you can follow his tour schedule on his Facebook fan page.
I’d seen this video before but forgot about it until a friend reminded me. Even though I knew what was coming, I sat here grinning through the whole performance.
Watching it made me wonder if children and their families still hold their hands in a shaft of bright light and create dancing images. The storytelling possibilities are endless. So is the homemade magic.
If you want to brush up on this no-cost form of hand fun, check out some of these sites:
- How to make shadow puppets (video)
- Hands Shadows to Be Thrown Upon the Wall, Henry Bursill’s classic now available online, thanks to Project Gutenberg
- There’s even an app for hand shadow puppets