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From:  Stefan Woehrmann
Date:  Tue Dec 5, 2000  1:01 am
Subject:  Re: animated gif - the magician

Hi Valerie, you are absolutely right !

Just watch and smile -
don´t feel any pressure to have to "read" any foreign sign ...

I think my magician could perform his show at any circus of the world and
Deaf and Hearing people would look at him with --- hmmm

----- Original Message -----
From: Valerie Sutton
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2000 5:27 PM
Subject: Re: animated gif - the magician

> I don't want to be a stickler, Henk, but the whole idea is that it
> >IS text! I'm sure you realize that "text" doesn't have to be English,
> >especially between a German man and a Dutch man. If Stefan knew NGT he
> >could put the subtitles in in that language!
> -Angus B. Grieve-Smith
> SignWriting List
> December 4, 2000
> Actually Angus, I don't believe that Stefan's second animation (the
> magician) was a signed language. If one reads the Movement Writing
> correctly, he is writing Mime and Gesture. Perhaps there were a few
> German signs thrown into the Mime, but generally he was notating
> movement used in acting out how someone moves while doing a
> performance...
> He shows the magician juggling balls, moving his hat up and
> down...his head separates from his shoulders for minute, looking like
> he was miming "falling down", and he was using facial expressions to
> show shouting, fear, joy and excitement...
> I want to thank Stefan for learning Movement Writing as well as
> SignWriting, because animating Mime and Gesture is a wonderful way to
> introduce the writing system in general.

The point is that I´m going to teach SW -- although I´m far away from being
perfect. And you are right- the magician is part of that:

Look at the beginning - almost complete - arms, shouldersm headm eyes -
and while he is doing his performance you accept just without to much
attention to it - that the hands are allowed to stand alone (without arms )
that you don´t need the whole body in order to get oriented ...

facial espression is another very important point - isn´t it amazing how
active his mimic looks like - his mouth as if he is really talking ?

> Now, Stefan, if I have mis-read your animation, just tell us!!
It would be great to know what you had in mind ;-))

Well , -- I tried to send you a message in order to say thank you for all
you have done so far. !!

> I think the magician is a charming fellow!


(sometimes I ´switch to full screen - watching him from a distance can be
more fun !! )

Stefan ;-)

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