What is Mime?

Mime is really a silent art. It can encompass many different elements. It can be expressive. It can be about any issue at all, depending upon the skill of the mime artist. A mime artist is a performer of mime. A mime can most commonly be seen in a city street, performing. Many such mimes seem to specialise in being a human statue: being completely still and only moving from time to time, to shock people who may have thought they were a real statue. There is expressive mime; this is the art of expressing emotions without words and making them clearly seen. A person using expressive mime may move around real objects. A mime artist who specialises on mime generally will not work with real objects. Instead what the mime would do is act as if they are holding, walking, moving real objects. They want to give you the sense that imaginary objects are real: that they are holding an invisible glass. They want to act in such a way that you get the feeling that they are real. They do this partly by adding a sudden click to the end on every imaginary touch movement.

This sudden jolt gives the impression of touch, of a person's hand coming into contact with something. It has been said that a mine without a click has no clarity: no click makes it hard for the audience to understand what the mime is supposed to be doing. There are also many other techniques, such as giving the impression the mime is lifting a heavy load. Many mime exercises were invented by Marcel Marceau: a great mime artist and French resistance fighter in World War 2. However there have been many successful expressive mime artists such as: Charlie Chaplin, and Benny Hill to name only two. However an expressive mime uses real objects and so can look stylistically quite different to general mime.

A mime does not have to funny: mime can be serious too. It has been said that to learn mime you must learn to move each part of your body independently: without moving any of the other body parts. Once built up you must learn to destroy it: by doing what is called a mime collapse: you must learn to release all tension in the body so that you fall on the floor. This is taken as proof that you have gained a certain amount of bodily coordination. But there are many advanced things a mime can do, such as walking in the wind, walking up an invisible staircase and many more. General mime is an extremely demanding discipline more akin to a type of gymnastics than you may have thought. Although the mime is closer to his brother the actor than his brother the dancer, because a mime does not have useless movements: everything he does has a purpose.

A dancer's movements are partly for show, but a mime's never are. He expresses himself in a way more similar to how an actor does. Mime can be traced back a very long way: thousands of years, there were even roman mimes. A performance of mime is often called a pantomime, but in the UK pantomime means something completely different: it is a form of performed story for family entertainment and everyone talks, and is very little in common with mime. So what is a mime, it is an ancient art of silence, but sometimes with music added. Its methods can also be seen in the expressive mime of performers such as Charlie Chaplin and Benny Hill. It is alive today just as it was in the past. It has many vibrant street performers, and mime artists can be seen on the internet. A true mime must have great skill, and also be entertaining. But many actors and clowns have studied some mime and so its affects can be seen much more than we would assume.

Written by: S Rob, an occult consultant, UK

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