#182 Hand shadow magic


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:



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Annie - November 11, 2011

What a fun post! Whenever I stayed with my grandparents when I was little, my grandmother always did a hand shadow show at bedtime. Her characters were very simple. I always imagined them to be alligators until the day I said something about the alligators and she, quite horrified, informed me that they were ducks. :) Regardless of what type of creatures they were, they had lovely adventures and I looked forward to the stories. Thanks for the memory-reviving post!

    admin - November 11, 2011

    Oh, how lucky you were to have a storytelling grandmother. Alligators, ducks – it’s all magic. :-)

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