Duo Serpico, Serpico and Mary Anne, are Argentinian hand shadow artistes, proud to be performing their Magical World Shadows act in over thirty countries around the world. They are looking for new challenges on or off ship so please contact us if you can book a series of events. Maybe you’re planning a corporate event requiring top quality professional international acts.
Shadowgraphy or ombromanie is the art of performing a story or show using images made by hand shadows and can be called “cinema in silhouette”. Performers are titled as a shadowgraphist or shadowgrapher. The art has declined since the late 19th century when electricity became available to homes. Light bulbs and electric lamps do not give off good shadows.
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Because cinema and television were becoming a new form of entertainment the art declined. Shadows are greatly defined by candlelight; therefore hand shadows were common in earlier centuries.
The modern art of hand shadows was made popular by the French entertainer Félicien Trewey in the 19th century. He popularised the art by making silhouettes of famous personalities.
Since shadows have existed since the existence of objects obstructing light, it is hard to say when the art was first used by humans for entertainment. It could have been practiced by ancient or later humans, but it probably originated in the Far East.
The French entertainer Félicien Trewey was interested in the art of Chinese shadow puppetry called Ombres Chinoises, which means “Chinese shadows”. He popularised the art of hand shadows when he developed shadows of famous silhouettes. It then became popular in Europe in the 19th century. (Wikipedia).
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