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Phillip Huber
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  • Cookeville, TN
  • United States
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Cookeville, TN, USA
Relationship to Puppetry
Puppeteer, builder, designer, historian
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
My mother gave me a handpuppet when I was 3 years old.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Frank Paris, Bob Bromley, Walton & O'Rourke, Bil Baird, Sue Hastings, Tony Sarg, Rufus & Margo Rose, Paul McPharlin, Bur Tillstrom, Richard Teschner, Martin Stevens, Virginia Austin Curtis, Albrecht Roser, & far too many to list here.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
Pierrot or Taffy
My Company/Troupe/Group
The Huber Marionettes
Affiliations/Professional Organizations
Puppeteers of America, UNIMA-USA, Los Angeles Puppetry Guild, Chicagoland Puppetry Guild, Orange Co. Guild, SAG, AFTRA, EQUITY, AGVA
2nd Website
Phillip Huber, a world-renowned marionette artist, is best known for his marionette manipulation in the 3-time Academy Award nominated film BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. However, his puppetry career has taken him around the world with performances in nightclubs; LIDO, Paris, CASINO DE MONTE CARLO, Monaco; MAGIC CASTLE, Hollywood, television, THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno, LE PLUS GRANDE CABARET DU MONDE (France), VARIETE (Chile); stage shows, BUSKER ALLEY with Tommy Tune, THAT’S CHRISTMAS with Sandy Duncan, CHRISTMAS WITH FRIENDS & NABORS with Jim Nabors, IT’S MAGIC with Harry Anderson, THE ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD directed by Walter Bobby; DON’T TRUST ANYONE OVER THIRTY by Dan Graham, and luxury cruise ships all over the world.

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My answer to a question: Do puppets have souls?

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 10:24am 4 Comments

The puppeteer supplies "soul" and "heart" to a puppet with his charactarization & performance. It is the very quality I look for in good puppetry.

The puppet is indeed a prop or even more specific - a tool. It is created with a certain look & abitlity to achieve movement. Those two qualities, by themselves, don't mean much. A beautifully made puppet can still be manipulated with simple mechanical moves & complete a performance. Such a performance does little to capture or…


Disney film : "OZ; The Great & Powerful"

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 11:57pm 2 Comments

For the last 5 months of 2011 I was busy performing a marionette of China Girl for the new Disney film of "OZ; The Great & Powerful" that is due in USA theaters March 2013.

With the help of special effects studio,  K.N.B. Effects Group, I built 2 marionettes of the character. They were identical except for variations in stringing that allowed them to do different specialized movements. As I have found in several instances of marionettes made from the same patterns, they each had…


Planning a Good Puppet Show

Posted on March 26, 2010 at 4:46pm 4 Comments


BY Phillip Huber…


Festival Sesi Bonecos Do Mundo 2009

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 10:43pm 2 Comments

I am on my way to take part in a wonderful international puppetry festival in Brazil, Festival Sesi Bonecos do Mundo This will be the third time I have performed for this festival which is held every year in a different Brazilian city. The first time I appeared was 2006 in Sao Paulo where I and several other puppeteers entertained 40,000 spectators at once in an outdoor park with the help of a director & 3 camaramen capturing the puppet close-ups that were projected on giant screens placed… Continue

Comment Wall (64 comments)

At 10:34am on May 20, 2009, David C. Herzog said…
Well look who's here!!!!!! Thanks for joining I think you will be glad you did
At 2:11pm on May 20, 2009, Michelle said…
Hello Phillip;
Great to see you on the Hub. We saw your work a few years ago at a national festival and you gave us some good advice about tuning marionettes. Thanks again for that and I hope you enjoy puppethub.
The Puppet People
At 2:24pm on May 20, 2009, Steven Widerman said…
Hey Phillip, welcome to Puppet Hub!
At 2:33pm on May 20, 2009, Manuel Moran said…
Hi Phillip! Thanks for adding me! I need to talk to you about the UNIMA's North America Commission and their participation in the Fetival exhibition. When is a good time to talk on the phone?
At 3:18pm on May 20, 2009, Vixie said…
I actually rented Being John Malkovich just to see the marionette work in it. Its work like that which shows why I find marionettes to be such a fascinating form of puppetry. Sadly, I have very little experience working with them, the bulk of what I have done involves hand and rod puppets, but I am starting to feel inspired to branch out, and being here on the Hub is inspiring me. I do hope you will post more pics and video, as well as offer pointers to those of us looking to branch into this great area of puppetry.
At 4:53pm on May 20, 2009, Vixie said…
I tend to be very hands on, so I figure the best way to learn is by doing. I do watch puppets whenever I can, and soak up knowledge, but I really need to have something in hand. My point here is I want to get a marionette or two made, and am not really sure where to go, or even what a reasonable cost is. From that starting point, I want to work with it and get advice on ho to improve the manipulation. I have made a marionette with the help of a friend, but I can't count on that as a source for building. I'm hoping once I have something in hand, I can work and learn more about the manipulation.
At 9:20pm on May 20, 2009, Brad Lowe said…
HI Phillip,
Good to see you here on the Hub!
I just found an old VHS promo tape of yours when I was cleaning up my puppet studio (barn). Hope you are doing well and keeping busy.
Hope to see you soon.
Take care my friend!
At 11:38pm on May 20, 2009, Brad Lowe said…
Phillip, that demo reel looks great, Don't feel bad, my reel needs an update, it is over 10 years old, but if It can still sell shows, what the heck? The puppets look the same but I sure don't :oP
Your reel shows off your awesome puppetry skills! I just love Sir Cedric and Mary Annette. I was trying to remember the song that Mary performs. What is the name of it?
I hope one day soon you will come to Detroit to perform or just hang out. You are always welcome! it sure would be great to see you again.
At 12:33am on May 21, 2009, Michelle said…
Hello Phil;
We were at the 2005 or 2006 Festival in St.Paul. It was the first time they held it at the college. It was my husband and I first festival so we were kind of out of most of the social loops. Though we had a great time we did find it to be a bit clicky.
You and I talked at the party, at the end of the festival and again thanks for the advice. Though we have worked with Marionettes for almost 20 years there always more to learn. I wish we could make it this year but we are already booked and also building a new show. If you are performing there hope you have a good show. Thanks.

The Puppet People
At 10:57pm on May 21, 2009, lollypuppets said…
Hello Phillip

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