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Sneeze-a-lot

Sneeze-a-lot caught sleeping on the job again. This character is very much based on my job history. Practically, unemployable. That’s the real reason why I am a ventriloquist…Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPZJo7yKRFs

Added by All Pro Puppets on September 3, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Molding in resin

Well here is all my cast from this morning. I show first how I just mount my clay hand on 1/8 dowel and build it up just a little to make it cone shaped. Next I measure the side and front of the piece and add one inch to each side for strength. I cut out the foam cord board in the sizes needed. I then hot glue them making sure no gaps are in the seams and spray them with krylon to make sure they the silicon does not stick. I them glue the boxes to board again making sure…

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Added by Daniel Dold on June 21, 2015 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Hungry Hungry!

O....M...G....Little Amy is the messiest eater when she's hungry! Guess who gets to clean that up??

Added by Kailee T. on February 11, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Kid Puppet Workshop: What should an hourly rate be?

I have been asked to lead a kid workshop on puppetmaking. I was going to pre-make some simple sock puppets and teach them how to decorate them. I'm sure what the ages will be and whether or not I will have any adult assistance. They are paying me upfront for the puppets and supplies, so the hourly rate would cover my labor and travel expenses.
Thoughts? As an art teacher, I have done many different kinds of workshops, but none like this.

Added by Michelle Puhl Price on November 25, 2014 at 10:26pm — 2 Comments

Best material for molded marionette heads

I am writing to ask what material members of the Puppet Hub believe is best for producing a molded marionette head.

Thanks,

Christopher

Added by Speedy Puppets on October 7, 2014 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

Unique performance types tried this year

What I am up to - Labor Day Parade - my unofficial mascot (Freddie Fling - puppet avatar Oct 2014) joined me in the parade as "bucket shakers" - seeking donations for charity, sadly got rained on which kept the crowds small. Fun barking at people - can do that without mouth movement of my Real Self - and get an interesting reaction from many. Who says puppets need to only talk or sing. Idea from years back at a show for kids where vendors were selling "invisible dogs". Thought, would be so…

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Added by Fred Einsle on October 6, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A Month of Puppet Posts

It just dawned on me I never mentioned all of the past month of June at my regular blog I specifically had each week's post focus on puppets and related stories.  There's a lot about the coming regional festival in Detroit including my workshop, but also stories and even a look at a show in the repertory of the Center for Puppetry Art in Georgia.  True to blog format, it posts the most recent 1st, so I'd suggest going back to the start of June.  It's at…

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Added by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on July 13, 2014 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Benefits for U.S. Puppeteers

This only applies to U.S. puppeteers, but you still may find them a useful online resource if elsewhere.  Go to the Freelancers Union site at  <https://www.freelancersunion.org/benefits/> and put in your zip code to see what is currently available in your state.  I was pleased especially to see a liability insurance is possible.  For my area health is listed as "coming soon", while disability, term life, and retirement each have…

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Added by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on June 24, 2014 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Web Video Series Seeks Puppeteers in NYC

Catalysta seeks puppeteers for its new Web series, MunchCo Calling!



It’s the story of a corporate CEO whose life is struck by tragedy. On that terrible day, he vows to realign his company according to principles of sustainability and social responsibility. His name? Ralph Munch. The company? MunchCo. His breed? Shih-tzu/terrier mix.



Catalysta.org inspires millennials to pursue careers driven by passion and benefit to the common good. The website will re-launch on…

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Added by Edward Goldberg on May 5, 2014 at 6:44pm — No Comments

HELP SAVE KUKLA FRAN AND OLLIE FILMS

Hello puppetry community,  Please read the following:



From the Kukla Fran and Ollie Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/53962542633/

 

Posted by Mark Milano, the producer of the KFO DVDs:

So I have good news and bad news.

The bad…

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Added by Terrence Burke on April 12, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Please help me to identify, any info. would be greatly appreciated

Any info on this would be great,.I have others with this that have " das Stuttgarten kasperle on them. Thanks, Brook.…

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Added by Brook Robison on March 2, 2014 at 12:42pm — No Comments

SE Regional Festival

We have a great line up so far for this summers festival.  Tomorrow is the cut off for performance and workshop applications. But if you are not interested in performing an entire show, remember there are other opportunities like the Parade, Pottpourri and the Slam.  For more information go to www.puppetjamboree.com Get your registration in and make your room reservations.  

Added by Susan VandeWeghe on February 14, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

Puppeteer needed

Lisa is not on Puptcrit and asked if I would send this to the list.  Contact her for more details.



PUPPETEERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY!

 Puppeteer duo needed to complete National Tour of UNIMA award-winning production of "Aesop's Fables" by the Red Herring Puppets commencing Feb. 17 (preferably Feb. 10)

 The tour is an average of 10-12 shows per week between mid-February through the end of May.  Puppeteers are independent contractors and required to provide a van and pay their own…

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Added by Susan VandeWeghe on January 29, 2014 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Salzburg Marionettes

I just saw Alice in Wonderland by the Salzburg Marionette company, What a great show. I was amazing the sets, the puppets and special effects were wonderful. I able to get backstage, and what a great bunch of puppeteers the showed how it was all done. Wow. If you get the chance to see them, go you will be blown away.

Added by Daniel Dold on October 25, 2013 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Sponsors?

Hi, this is Tami.  I am new here.  I have been developing a creative writing workshop for kids for the past two years.  Unfortunately, I ran out of money to make my workshop extraordinary!  I only have three Axtel puppets.  I want an entire wardrobe of puppets/European marionettes and character costumes!

Does anyone know how to get funding or sponsorship for such an endeavor?  Or, is anyone out there who wants to collaborate?  I have a website…

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Added by tami lussier on October 2, 2013 at 2:46pm — 2 Comments

FRED COWANS PASSING

It is with much sadness that I pass along the news of the passing of longtime friend Fred Cowan.  I received a call from Max (Fred’s Brother) this afternoon, Fred passed away yesterday with his brother at his side.  Fred had taken a down turn downturn in health shortly after my last post about his status and his status fell very quickly from there.  There will be no service except for his family and Max has asked only that I share his passing with you his friends.  My personal hope is that…

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Added by Joseph Emory on September 29, 2013 at 5:23pm — No Comments

The Paper Hat Game @ The Den Theatre, 9/6-22

Well met, fellow puppetheads!

I'm here to tell you about the new puppet show that I'm co-producing with Indy Week Artist of the Year Torry Bend. It's called The Paper Hat Game, and it's coming to Chicago next week.

Here's the breakdown:

What: The Paper Hat Game is a puppet show about a man who rides the L train everyday, and…

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Added by Robin Babb on August 28, 2013 at 8:06am — No Comments

FRED COWAN STATUS

Fred Cowan Update:  I had the chance last week to speak with Fred for a long time last week.  He was very alert and I was so pleased to be able to spend so much time on the phone with him not getting tired or and holding his focus.  I repeated all the "Hello's" sent from those at the Festival and he responded in kind.  Now would be the time for you to drop him a card if you haven't lately.  The staff said he is eating better and interacting more.  All Good News. 

 

If you can't…

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Added by Joseph Emory on August 22, 2013 at 3:31am — No Comments

My new Mike for my puppets

When my skeletons mike when missing, I decided to sculpt and cast it this time to save time if it goes missing again. so I am posting  picture of the cast and finished mike and stand  

Added by Daniel Dold on June 29, 2013 at 8:09pm — No Comments

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