THE HORSE OF MANY COLORS: PROBLEMS AND LOGIC
In The Wizard of Oz, the Horse walks out of the scene, and then reappears again, as himself, only a different color; thus, his namesake.
1. The first problem: how?
Answer: They used multiple white horses for this shoot and dyed the fur of each one a different color.
What is the white horse?
romance elegance grace strength form beauty radiance love fantasy
(who in their right mind would dye this horse?)
Does white radiate all color?
Theoretically, black absorbs and white reflects all color. White is the color of many colors. It is also the color of absence. (It is: a whiteout, the color of a storm, a flash of light).
2. One could argue that a horse that is blue, as in Oz, is no longer a horse, as horses are not ever blue. If it is no longer a real horse, then it cannot be a real horse that changes colors, unless we are living in a fantasy.
Oz is a fantasy,
the horse is real.
Scenario: A human and a dog dress up as horses. They are owner and pet, female human owner, male dog pet. The dog is significantly shorter than the human (being that he is on four legs and average medium-dog-size, this is logical). The human, woman, is also of average size. The horse costumes are made of one-sided, white painted, plywood cutouts of horses, sized proportionately to whichever creature will wear it. They perform in a beautiful wooded environment, free of any other modern civilization: “nature.” They have two sets of actions. First, the big horse and little horse stand in the wooded area facing one another. At times, a human-woman hand reaches for the dog mouth (from behind the horse costumes) to give him a treat for standing still and looking at her. They also run across a field of tall grasses, the small horse trails behind the bigger one.
Question: Is a horse made out of plywood and strapped to a human or a dog as much a horse as a real horse dyed blue? What makes a horse?
3. A plywood horse takes on the personality of the creature donning the costume, through sound and movement. Also though, the creature donning the costume takes on the personality of the plywood horse, through form.
The scale creates a mama and baby horse. This is true even if neither is really true.
4. If you wear a costume, how much of yourself slips into it, how much slips out?
The person and the dog are not quite concealed by the horses: human legs emerge from below the horse’s belly, a dog’s neck and face turn behind the horse’s head.
There is a line in magic between wonderment and deception.
5. A horse that is multiple species is the same as a horse that is multiple colors, but maybe, actually, much more.
White is the color of purity. And ghosts. Also, plywood is completely flat; white makes it even flatter. What are flat white horses doing in a rich lush landscape? It is a romantic joke.
A horse of multiple species might be a horse that is also a person and also a dog. You have to believe, one might say. But it’s not the case. Belief, as a concept in magic, is actually the wrong pursuit. Belief will de-rail you. Belief is too big too tackle. Who cares about belief? It is about what is. This is a discussion of a horse that is a woman and a horse that is a dog, and a woman who is a woman, a dog who is a dog, and a couple-a horses who are a couple-a horses. Those things are given. Those things are known.