- a card with different pictures on opposite sides, as a horse on one side and a rider on the other, which appear as if combined when the card is twirled rapidly, thus illustrating the persistence of visual impressions.
Origin of thaumatrope
Examples from the Web for thaumatrope
Historical Examples of thaumatrope
Why do the figures upon the "Thaumatrope" appear to dance, when they are made to revolve before a mirror?The Reason Why
The thaumatrope, then, did nothing more than illustrate the power of the eye to weld together a couple of alternating impressions.The Romance of Modern Invention
These memories lie in confusion, unformed and undefined, like pictures in a thaumatrope.The Son of a Servant
- a toy in which partial pictures on the two sides of a card appear to merge when the card is twirled rapidly