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Topic: The Best Marionettes!
Message: Posted by: Mr.Crebar (Dec 29, 2007 05:17PM)
I am very interested in puppeteering, specifically learning the art of stringed puppetry. I don't know where to start. I found a website created the the "Puppeteers of America." Looks like a good place to start. However I would also like to find a website that produces high quality "professional Marionettes." Although Im not a professional I would like to see what some nice marionettes look like. I'm having a hard time finding any at all. Thank you all for your help. If there are any other forums/chats rooms that cater to this, I would appreciate any help or advice.
Message: Posted by: Mr.Crebar (Dec 30, 2007 10:36AM)
Also, if there are any out there that actually use marionettes, I would love to hear from you. thanks
Message: Posted by: John Bundy (Dec 30, 2007 07:33PM)
There are not a lot of places to go to buy "real" marionettes. But, here is a good place to start. It is Bob Brown's website.
He does custom work for other puppeteers.

Good luck.
Message: Posted by: Mr.Crebar (Dec 31, 2007 07:33PM)
Great! thanks for the heads up!
Message: Posted by: maps (Jan 3, 2008 09:55AM)
I make and perform professionally with marionettes.You can check out some of my webpage.
Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Jan 3, 2008 11:34PM)
Try Jim Gamble http://www.jimgamble.com
He has a lot of marionettes DVD's, including a puppet making DVD.


Budi Ha Ha
Message: Posted by: Mr.Crebar (Jan 15, 2008 02:34PM)
Why is it so hard to find information on marionettes online via google, youtube, the Café, etc. Is this no longer something a lot of people do? Is the difficulty level high, or is the audience interest low. Keep in mind I am not refering to hand puppetry or ventril. act but rather the use of marionettes. thanks for your responses, and any others would be greatly appretiated.
Message: Posted by: Budihaha (Jan 16, 2008 04:02AM)
On 2008-01-15 15:34, Mr.Crebar wrote:
Why is it so hard to find information on marionettes online via google, youtube, the Café, etc. Is this no longer something a lot of people do? Is the difficulty level high, or is the audience interest low. [/quote]

I don't think so!
Goggle give me more than 5,000,000 entries.
There are a lot of marionettes theatre's website too.

Have you check Jim Gamble website?
He only doing marionettes act, not hand puppet or ventriloquism act!

BTW why don't you joint a marionette mailing list?
Try http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Marionettes/
This is not too active group, but you get some answer for what you ask.
A lot of proffesional joint that mailing list.


Budi Ha Ha
Message: Posted by: James Arnott (Apr 9, 2008 08:50PM)
It is the hardest form of puppetry to master. Most people simply can't do it!
Message: Posted by: pixsmith (Apr 9, 2008 11:50PM)
It's also something pretty difficult to learn from a book. It's one of the few areas in which you still find apprenticeship to be the most expeditious way to learn. There are a lot of good puppetmakers out there -- most don't like building for a lot of other people, for a number of reasons. Primarily, to get a good performance quality marionette, you might be looking upwards of $750 - 1000 for a figure. Further, to perform, you need an act, and it's a little trickier than (and no slight intended) buying a magic trick and putting in the time to learn the routine. Finally, it can be, and is, a lot of effort to carry that stuff in and out of venues. In almost 30 years of performing, mildly capably, I have at least honed that bit of it down to a minimal amount.

If you need some goos references for folks, or have questions about anything, PM me and I will be happy to provide you with some resources. http://www.puppeteers.org the web site for the Puppeteers of America, is a great place to start though.


Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Apr 10, 2008 10:52AM)
Hey Maps...ya think it might help to show a link with your invite?
Message: Posted by: maps (Apr 11, 2008 12:22AM)
My pleasure!
I perform with puppets...Hand/Marionettes and giant puppets professionally and I build all my puppets and props.
We were nominated as best supporting "actor" in our role as Audrey 2.We built and performed the puppet in Little Shop of Horrors.
I just came back from Vietnam and got a silver medal for best performing group.
There's a picture and a little comment of my marionettes in April 2006 issue of Genie magazine.It's on page 78.
I was mentored by Phillip Huber.He manipulated the marionettes in the film Being John Malkovich.