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Great Northern Train, Four Miles West of Minot, North Dakota.

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John Orren and Lillian Drew performing the vaudeville sketch, "A Study in Mimicry" from 1918

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您能够模仿任何声音吗?您能够仿真父母或朋友说话的样子吗?漫画式模仿是娱乐的常见类型,而且是许多喜剧演员的喜剧材料来源。在电台、电视或电影还未普及的年代,很流行模仿动物或机械的声音。约翰.欧伦 (John Orren) 是一个着名的模仿表演着,与茱儿 (Lillian Drew) 搭挡并在巡回综艺歌舞秀内演出。聆听以下他们两人的录音剪辑,看看您能辨识出几种声音;听听看他们几可乱真的表演。

Can you imitate any sounds? Can you mimic the way a parent or a friend talks? Impressions were a common form of entertainment and a great source of comic material for many comedians. When people didn't have radio, TV, or movies, it was popular to imitate animals or machines. John Orren was a well-known mimic on the vaudeville circuit who worked with his partner, Lillian Drew. Listen to this audio clip of the two of them and see what kinds of sounds you can pick out. Do any of the imitations fool you?
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CREDIT: "Great Northern Train, Four Miles West of Minot, North Dakota" 1912?. The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920: Photographs from the Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections from North Dakota State University, Library of Congress/Ameritech collections.
AUDIO CREDIT: Orren, John and Lillian Drew, performers. "A Study in Mimicry (Vaudeville Sketch)." Edison, Recorded 1918. Early Motion Pictures, 1897-1920, Library of Congress.