A shadow puppet is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. All you need is a something that casts a shadow, a light source, and something to cast the shadow on. Cultures and societies all over the world have been using shadow puppets as entertainment for thousands of years. It’s simply another form of storytelling. You use flat figures or your hands to create shadows and then you can act out a little skit or scene for the amusement of others. There are articulated flat cut-outs that are intricate and can be quite detailed, but skilled shadow puppeteers can use their hands and forearms to create silhouettes of dogs, geese, elephants, human faces, and countless other things. There are a million ways to manipulate shadows into new shapes. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Be forewarned though, it’s hard to be entertained by shadows in this age of HDTVs and iPads. I wouldn’t recommend shadow puppetry as a career path. Even if you’re the best in the world, nobody will take you seriously.
Critically Rated at 10/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young