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by Ernest Thompson Seton

There is no end to the funny possibilities of a dumbshow without accessories, which is what we mean by "Posing" and "Movies." 

Poses, sometimes called Statues or Tableaux vivants, are simply ideas or expressions or attitudes, given by several persons at the same time. They strike the pose and keep it without moving till the decision is made as to which has given the best expression to the thought. The following subjects are suggestive: 

Answer to a masher. 

On seeing a mouse. 

On seeing a ghost. 

On feeling a cramp. Tribe 

Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth. 

Romeo and Juliet. 

Ireland, Egypt, Scotland, etc. 

Joy, sorrow, fear, pain. 

Movies embody the same idea, except that the story is carried out in action instead of by a single pose. The following have been used successfully: 

A musician playing his own composition. 

Noah watching the animals entering the ark. 

Daniel in the lions' den. 

Red Riding Hood and the wolf. 

On meeting a ghost. 

A cop moving a tramp who was asleep on a bench in the park. 

A judge sentencing a flapper for speeding. 

Eve receiving the apple from the serpent. 

Adam leaving Eden. 

Eating an orange. 

Eating grapes. 

Eating a slice of watermelon. 

Sewing on a button. 

Putting on one's hat for a walk. 

Taking off one's shoes. 

A cop stopping a car that took a wrong turn. 

A joy ride in a Ford. Barber shop. 

Eliza crossing the ice. 

Little Miss Muffet. 

Picking a thorn out of a dog's foot. 

Beauty and the Beast. 

Sleeping Beauty. 

Releasing a cat from a rat trap. 

Brutus stabbing Caesar. 

Killing a rattler. 

Woman buying a ticket. 

Mother Carey making the flowers come.

Old Mother Hubbard. 

Professor of hypnotism. 

Mary and her little lamb Robinson Crusoe. 

Stepping on a tack. 

Long hike in new shoes. 

Pharaoh's daughter finding Moses. 


On finding a corpse. 

Indian woman finding her husband's body on the battle field. 


Girl going to bed. 

Woman who has lost her purse. 

Operation in a hospital. 

Political speech. 

Catching a big fish. 

Benjamin Franklin signing Declaration of Independence. 

The Birch Bark Roll






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