Stop Motion Magic Beard Video & Insta-Classic ‘Runaway Beard’
Is there a Dad at your house with a beard? Is the beard a source of amusement to your kids?
1. Is the beard AS ENTERTAINING AS BEN GARVIN’S BEARD?
This Minnesota photojournalist knows how to make magic with a beard, a comb, some random vegetables and the stop-motion app on his iPhone. The measure of success? This stop motion beard video made Garvin’s seven-year-old son wet himself laughing:
(Note for the music nerds: the song you hear is a ragtime classic called ‘The Smiler,’ composed by Percy Wenrich and performed here by the Zonophone Concert Band. There’s a great compilation of ragtime music (kids LOVE ragtime) featuring that song and 9 others — order it here)
2. Want More Beard Fun?
Garvin’s video reminded me on another charming beard narrative. The current fave at our house is David Schiller’s fabulous (and insta-classic) 1998 book The Runaway Beard, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal.
The time has come to shave off Dad’s beard, but the beard of course has other ideas. The comic book-style illustrations by Marc Rosenthal have tons of fun hidden detail. It’s the the beard book that keeps on giving. And did I mention it’s ‘interactive’?
The original edition of the book came with a beard that your child can wear while you read the story. *
3. Beard-related Trivia
* If you’re looking to own a copy of Runaway Beard book do not start with eBay — copies there are upwards of $200. Instead go to the Abe Books site (scroll down) where there are a number of copies reasonably priced between $18-33. And if the original beard is missing, see this instructable on how to make a beard that’s almost identical to the original — all you need is fun fur and a length of matching elastic.
Helen Spitzer is senior editor at Bunch and has never seen her dad without his beard. Which is pretty weird.