Aftermath of the thaumatrope workshop at the Peanut Gallery in October 2013.

Aftermath of the thaumatrope workshop at the Peanut Gallery in October 2013.

A thaumatrope

harnesses the magic of "persistence-of-vision" to make two images appear as one.

 

The Peanut Gallery in Chicago let me host a seance to conjure up some thaumatrope magic on October 29, 2013. A gaggle of grown-ups used scissors, glue, crayons, markers and yarn to see the ghostly after-image of flip-flopped drawings. Documentation of work below. Caution! You'll see some strobing.

 Alien + Spaceship. Image by Jessi Meliza.

Alien + Spaceship. Image by Jessi Meliza.

 Red + Green. Image by Jessi Meliza.

Red + Green. Image by Jessi Meliza.

 Face + Helmet. Image by Jessi Meliza.

Face + Helmet. Image by Jessi Meliza.

 Magical flip-flopping action caught on tape!

Magical flip-flopping action caught on tape!