A slight improvement on the Zoetrope, the Praxinoscope employs the same elements: a moving drum loaded with a strip of paper holding a sequence of images. To these, the French scientist Charles‐Émile Reynaud added an inner circle of mirrors, one for each image. The reflected images proved brighter and clearer than ones viewed directly through slots in the drum.


juggler3The Praxinoscope in the Graphic Arts Collection is French, dating from around 1877. We also have a portable Praxinoscope Theatre.

Here is one example of a juggling sequence