The thaumatrope is an optical instrument which was produced for the first time by John Ayrton Paris in England on 1824. His aim was to prove that retina is inclined to persist in a course of action or movement. It contains a disc with two different images in each side and two tied ropes. When pulling the ropes, both sides of the disc will come together in one image. The thaumatrope was the forerunner to other instruments like zoetrope or praxinoscope, which are precursors of the cinema.
Our thaumatrope comes in a wooden gift box with 10 different discs, and includes a booklet with history and instructions