Re: Olympic ceremony centaur

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Posted by Lucius Appaloosius on August 14, 2004 at 18:05:04:

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In Reply to: Re: Olympic ceremony centaur posted by J.P.L. on August 14, 2004 at 07:31:44:

Xaipe! Well, I haven't seen that particular 'Taur (I hardly ever watch the tube), I would guess his hindquarters are worked by a pretty simple lever action. If you can find a copy of the book "The Unfashionable Human Body" (I can't recall the author), there's an old drawing of a 'Taur costume, showing the mechanism....

Of course, a human leg can never move exactly like a horse's foreleg (a great drawback to a 'taursuit); but this can be partly overcome by practicing to imitate the gait as nearly as possible. Besides, some early vases & sculptures show 'Taurs with humanoid, or even fully human, forelegs....

As a diversion, I have tried designing a 'taursuit myself, pondering the use of cables, pulleys and bungees to simulate the movement more realistially; but as none of these designs were ever built, I can't vouch for their feasability.

I hope you have better luck....7@=e

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