Chapeaugraphy by Roland Schopp (ChaPeau) – Book
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The art of Chapeaugraphy means visual comedy. From a simple felt ring the performer folds various hats in order to impersonate different people and characters. Within seconds, a stoic Napoleon Bonaparte becomes a crying baby; after that a Chinese Mandarin; and then a Spanish Torero, to name a few. The audience is truly amazed and amused by the fast and visible transformations.
The desire for disguising and concealing oneself is as old as mankind. A cave drawing from the Stone Age shows a human who is hiding under an animal mask, probably in order to perform his hunting or praying charm even more successfully. No wonder that the art of transforming conquered the variety stages in the 19th Century. Its representatives, however, can only rarely be seen, probably because several different skills are required for the craft: production of costumes, very fast transformation and - probably the most important - convincingly interpreting the figure that is represented.
ChaPeau is one of the few transformation artists of our day who unites all these gifts in him. Even as a young man he was interested in the theatre, in magic and in masquerade, and the fact that his father was the head makeup artist in television for many years only partially explains this passion. He was awarded innumerable artistic and magic prizes as well as engagements all over the world.
The fact that he now reveals the secrets of this classic of the art of transformation and offers much of his own experience can't be stressed highly enough. The professional world and the interested reader must thank him for this.
I hope you have a lot of fun reading this book. It is certain to become a standard work of this art in a very short time!
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Excellant. Best book on Chapeaugraphy! It's an art book for a lost art. I am so glad I discovered it. Can't wait to add it to my repertoire.
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