Tuesday, September 12, 2006

On vertical interference in somersaults

The flying trapeze act was invented by Jules Leotard, a French gymnast at the Cirque Napoleon in Paris in 1859 but acrobats and tumblers had performed tricks on a slack rope before at 18th century fairs. Leotard's act was called La Course aux Trap├Ęze and consisted of two separate trapezes which he would set swinging, then jump from one trapeze to the other. He later developed the act to include turning a somersault when jumping between the two trapezes.

"Might be a matter of calibration" mused Sam Renseiw thinking about the visual vertical interference, while noticing that Mr.Glavatski had a strange resemblance with Jules Leotard, whose physiognomy he only knew from dated photographs. Investigate this uncanny double by clicking here, or jump in the high set-up above. (patafilm #247, 01'31'', 6.9 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version at Blip.tv)


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