Musical Blue Praxinoscope


Invented in France in 1877 by Charles-Émile Reynaud, the praxinoscope was the successor to his zoetrope. Like the zoetrope, it used a strip of pictures placed around the inner surface of a spinning cylinder. However, 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.

This praxinoscope is a reproduction of one made in France during the 19th-century. It includes 26 animated strips, which are based on historically-accurate traditional images used with the device. It is housed in a decorative cardboard box and includes instructions for use and a brief history of the object.

There are four musical options:

  • As Time Goes By (from the movie "Casablanca")
  • Over the Rainbow (from the movie "The Wizard of Oz")
  • The Carousel Waltz (Richard Rogers)
  • Gymnopédie No. 1 of Satie

Size: The Musical Blue Praxinoscope is approximately 16.5 x 20cm (6.49 x 7.87 inches).