Ragtime Mirror on Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Even a veteran of many trips to Walt Disney World can turn a corner and enjoy a new experience. It happened to me in the Magic Kingdom when I came around Casey’s Corner and found Jim the Ragtime Pianist just sitting down in front of his piano. The piano mirror allows Jim to play and still interact with guests.

For photographers, a mirror or any other reflective surface opens the door to creative opportunities. Jim was curious about my camera and I answered his questions while I photographed him from different angles.

Jim the Ragtime Pianist at Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Jim the Ragtime Pianist asking Scott a question while playing at Casey’s Corner.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 450, EV +0.3.

Moving to the other side of Jim, colorful balloons, tables and even guests surround him as he tickles the ivories on this piano filling the area with the lively beat of Ragtime tunes.

Jim the Ragtime Pianist at Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Filling the mirror with colorful colors surrounding Jim the Ragtime Pianist.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 400, EV +0.3.

When walking around be on the lookout for reflective surfaces like mirrors, counters and water in all its forms.

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3 Replies to “Ragtime Mirror on Main Street USA”

  1. Jim is definitely the highlight of the MK. I dance along with everything he plays. I never do that type of thing back home. But, Disney sets a different feeling!!!

  2. Over the years I’ve come to know Jim as a friend. When you look up the word “Castmember” in the encyclopedia there should be a picture of Jim. Walt would be proud to have him.
    Whenever I take my mother to the MK the first thing she always says to me as we start up Main St. is “I hope we can catch Jim playing today.” Listening & watching him play is the absolute highlight of her visit to the park.
    Thank you for posting your pics of Jim and his mirrored piano.

    ~ Johnny.

    Scott replies: What wonderful sentiments, Johnny! Thank you for sharing.