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Mime artistry
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Mime artistry

A mime artist (also known as a mime) performs a series of dance-like moves. These moves are meant to deceive a person viewing the artist into believing that the artist is working with or touching a physical object even though the artist does not actually touch any object. Another typical feature of miming is the lack of speech on the part of the mime.

Mimimg involves being very realistic about pretending to touch something but not actually doing so. Most often this takes the form of pretending to interact with invisible objects.

Famous moves include:

The prototypical mime costume is: The most famous mime was Marcel Marceau, a French performer.

Mime is common as a street performance medium.

It is widely reported that people who are into clowning (clowns) have a deep dislike of people who are into mime artistry, and likewise that mimes hate clowns. This was the subject of a 1980's Bobcat Gothwait movie, Shakes The Clown.

Many jokes exist about people who dislike mimes and mime artistry, although it does have a large appeal with children.

Some of the moves in breakdancing, such as the moonwalk, have been borrowed from mime.

Motion pictures such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in which live actors interact with animated cartoons, require the actors to practice mime skills in order to convincingly push or pull an imaginary object or character that will be added to the film later.