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Mudblood Puppeteers

Those who had to learn puppetry on their own without a puppet family or already created troupe to influence them. Everything changes once attending a Puppetfest

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Latest Activity: Nov 7, 2017

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Discovering puppetry

Started by Puppetgirl. Last reply by Fred Einsle Dec 9, 2011. 6 Replies


Started by Anne Newman. Last reply by Terrence Burke Jul 10, 2011. 1 Reply

By the pricking of my thumbs

Started by hamstermatic. Last reply by Bill Henderson Jan 31, 2010. 1 Reply

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Comment by Terrence Burke on June 21, 2009 at 11:55pm
Hi gang! I have been a fan of puppetry since childhood (I was born in '64). I guess I was very lucky to have parents who helped my interest in puppets at a young age. They signed me up for a puppetry class at the YMCA, and if my memory serves me right...I practically took over the class. I still have the script that I wrote for the class "Snowy Baby and the Seven Hippies", remember it was the early 70's.
As I grew up I became interested in music and science fiction, and my interest in puppetry was put on hold for some time. Oh, I still watched "The Muppets" and many other puppet related tee-vee programs, but my attention was focused more on music. I spent the 1980's and 1990's creating music, publishing a music zine, and producing both a radio program and a cable tee-vee program. All of my projects have been DiY (Do It Yourself) and influenced by the punk spirit that you can do your own thing, and there is no "wrong" way to do it. Just be creative and have fun doing it.
When my father suddenly died in 2001 I felt the need to reconnect with puppetry (my dad took me to a puppetry convention when I was around 8). It was then I joined P of A and my local puppetry guild. Although work and life sometimes get in the way of my puppetry projects, I am still chugging along, marching to the beat of my own drum.
I have slowly created my own puppets, with LOTS of help and support from my wife and children. As I learn things (by doing them by myself) and read about puppets and puppet building I am getting closer and closer to creating my own cast of puppet characters to perform my own shows for my neighborhood. I have even coined a term for my style of DiY puppetry, I call it "punketry". It's great to share this with you all. Puppets Rock!
Comment by Wyohming on August 19, 2009 at 4:31am
Wow a Fettig book! could you surreptitiously copy bits of it? :D What do you say we contact the publisher and ask them to reprint it?!

I recently found some puppets in the loft that i'd made as a child. One was a burglar with a paper mache head and cloth body about 12 inches high and was so small it only just fit my hand back then! Another was a glove puppet of a witch made of felt. I also had a pelham puppet of pinochio which was one of my favourite presents. I have a clear recollection of going into the puppet shop in Gt. Yarmouth and being transfixed by them but only being able to afford the little ones! That shop isn't there any more unfortunately :(. I also loved stop motion animation and of course fraggle rock!

I went to see Ronnie Burkett at the barbican in London in 2005 and was just blown away by his performance of Provinence. That was it.. I had to go back and start making puppets, truly inspirational!

I've been into making stuff forever, as far back as I can remember. I was single in 2007 and wanted to get out an about and decided to go to Prague for the puppet festival there but just before I was about to buy tickets I found out about the PofA one in minnesota and on a whim bought plane tickets and festival tickets (on credit card despite being heavily in debt.. very impulsive!) I found out a week later that I had a friend living a few miles down the road from the festival so I got to stay with him. It was the best thing I've ever done, never had such a great time in my life, was unforgettable, I loved every second and it was the friendliest bunch of people with the highlight of getting to meet Ronnie after his opening talk. Fantastic! (oh and the debts are all paid off now ;) ).

I've been on a few forums but this one is just great. I still get a buzz everytime someone replies to one of my posts or someone I'm in awe of answers a question for me and is so willing to share all their trade secrets.

I'm in the process of starting a business to sell the puppets I make plus other craft stuff and also puppet making supplies that are hard to find in the UK that I'm going to ship over from the US. I already have 4 companies signed up. I hope to launch at beginning of December in the hope of hitting the xmas market.. wish me luck! The motivation is that if this makes any money at all I don't have to go back to my day job after my maternity leave and can stay at home with my little boy!

Comment by Kyle Quinn on May 30, 2010 at 10:51am

I've been making puppets for almost a year now. I was astonished at how little information there is on the internet about making foam puppets. I started from scratch and this is the third puppet I've finished.
Comment by Yippee on June 1, 2010 at 4:18pm
Thank you for allowing me to join another wonderful puppet group on puppet hub.
Comment by Fan of Marionettes on July 13, 2010 at 6:52am
After this group-decribtion I truely can count myself here too.
I can be proud of beeing a selfthaughed puppeteer for five and a half year now. Sure I hve to admit that I don´t belong to a puppeteer-troup...and I also don´t belong to a puppeteer-family.
Comment by Terrence Burke on November 1, 2010 at 9:46pm
Hello to all! Please check out my page to see photos of my 100% D.I.Y. puppet show "Lil' Red Sasquatch Hood".

Puppets Rock!
Comment by PuppetGuy84 on November 17, 2013 at 1:05pm

I grew up in a small town in Vermont (I live in NY now) and had no experience in puppetry. As a kid, I would listen to oldies tapes and would casually puppeteer my hands in sync with the songs, not realizing what puppetry was at the time. No one in my family had any history or experience in puppetry. I was also incredibly shy as a kid, to the point that just saying hi to people I didn't really know would cause a great deal of anxiety. So, it was even more of a surprise when, at age 17, on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic, I volunteered to be one of the puppeteers in the pre-recorded Spanish puppet show we did for local churches, schools, etc. All the more surprising was that it brought out my more extroverted side, helping me interact with people in a much more confident way. Since then, I've been writing and performing puppet shows and have performed in 9 states so far. I also performed for the TV show, Taylor's Attic, starring real-life ventriloquist, Taylor Mason and for a play in Nyack, called Cirkus Jacques, which has since been renamed Cirkus Fiasco.


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