A praxinoscope is a type of animation device that was invented in 1877 by Charles-Émile Reynaud. It is a successor to the zoetrope, and it improved on the zoetrope by using a mirror to create a clearer image. The praxinoscope consists of a cylinder with a strip of pictures placed around the inside. The cylinder is spun, and the pictures are reflected in a mirror on the inside of the cylinder. This creates the illusion of motion, as the viewer sees a rapid succession of images. The praxinoscope was a popular toy in the late 19th century, and it was also used by artists and scientists to create animated films. It is considered to be one of the earliest forms of animation, and it paved the way for the development of motion pictures.
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