September 16, 2011 9:06 PM Subscribe
Mime is an art. Mime is a craft. Mime is movement as complex as moonwalking, or as simple as nodding one's head to say yes. Often I've heard mime defined as non-verbal communication. (a negative term) I prefer to define it simply: Mime is visual communication. The basic techniques of Mime are explained by YouTube videos....
- The Wall: The Wall was invented by Tony Montanaro, although there may have been walls before.
- Lifting stuff, or how to portray the influence of mass.
- Walking. Walking is difficult, but with effort it can be done in many ways: Sure, you know the moonwalk, did you know it was invented by Charlie Chaplin? Or maybe it was invented a minute or so into this video. That's not the point. Mime walking is a special art. Here are five people mime walking: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I'm not sure I got that last link right.
- Climbing a ladder. This is difficult enough to do without PhotoShop, but then even old mimes like Marcel Marceau have trouble going up stairs.
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