Friday, June 10, 2011

a circle of rabbits

The Art of Paper Tearing: Methods and Routines for the Amateur Performer by Eric Hawkesworth (illustrated by the author), Faber & Faber, London, 1970 (1973)
"These routines, together with the necessary instructions for preparing the basic folds, are presented to teach the amateur performer the whole art of paper tearing. Once it is learned, the performer can put on a show anywhere because the craft is literally at his finger tips and the raw material always to hand in the form of newspaper. Most of the methods were devised by the old-time artistes of music hall and variety who developed this type of act into a fine art. This is the first book that offers a complete course of instruction from folding the papers to a finished presentation with effective patter."

1 comment:

Ray said...

This looks great. There is something inherently dark about this stuff, and paper cuts in general. Reminds me of Hans Christian Andersen's cuouts.