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Harry Murphy
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LOL!!! David!! That gave me a chuckle! I have an old dragon marionette in a box somewhere. It is a great puppet with folding and unfolding wings that can flap when open. It can breath smoke (if I wanted to smoke a cigarette while working the thing (how about that for risking your life for art!. I think that I may just dig it out and paint it purple! LOL!!!
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mota
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Doug is working on something interesting along these lines...check it out.

http://grindshow.com/GrindShow/Higley_Marionettes.html
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On 2005-12-03 11:24, mandrake01 wrote:
Y'know, having seen that act, I could never bring myself to do it. Even if the guy was in Barcalona and has no chance of ever coming up to Providence and catching me work. Simple fact is it's his act and I couldn't do it as well.


Ah, but if you use your own unique dance moves for the puppet, (Not copying his, of course)and your own unique music choice, and then it would become your act.

A lot of folks use similar puppets, but it's what you personaly make the puppet say and do that separates your act from the other guy's.
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ed rhodes
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On 2005-12-03 12:06, Harry Murphy wrote:
Well you know that this guy (good as he is!) is not the first to do a dancing skeleton act. I got to see the great Percy Press in Blackpool England perform a dancing skeleton back in the late 60’s. Percy had performed his routine off and on for over 5 decades (it had the fly away head, arms, legs, etc). Many of the elements of this sweet act seem to be right from Percy’s.

You already know that Doug Higley performed a version back in the 70’s. I used to use my little ol’ Pelham (mentioned by Doug above) to draw crowds back the late 70’s too. I know of several other puppeteers/performers that have used the dancing skeleton on the street. Heck, after watching this I have pulled out my ol’ Pelham and started playing with it again! Not that I plan to perform it, but may just entertain house quests from time to time.

What I am saying is that if you could build a nice routine and maybe even thrown in your own original bits and moves (not to mention pick your own music) and not be stepping on anyone’s toes!




That's a good point. I just remember the guy who did the "Timmy the Toilet Paper" presenting it at a magic meeting and having everyone come up and go; "OOh, that was neat! I can't wait to put that in my act!"

Yes, if you can take the basic premise and make it your own by going in a different direction, go with it!
"He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." - Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche
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That's the only ethical way to go about it.
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ed rhodes
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Too bad too many magicians think "ethics" is a word in the dictionary!
"He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." - Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche
Doug Higley
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Lots of 'things' afoot. Harry, you might be interested in MarionetteShow.com

I'll be putting up the latest ideas there and most interesting (to me anyway) will be the Street Theater setup I came up with. I designed it to have a VERY small 'footprint' and be a single haul (one trip!) from the vehicle to the location and still be self contained for a full days/nights performances with multiple Marionettes. A buddy of mine who is a pro cabinet maker is building the prototype of cardboard...(I'll have photos) and then we'll adjust the measurements etc. and build the real deal. It will be very simple to build and (I HOPE!) easy to work and give a nice professional touch to a street corner act. I'll share the plans once I know it works as I envision it.

I'm building my own marionettes these days but I did notice that eBay is flooded with Pelhams. Cheap too.

Not wanting to correct Harry but the record...but I used the Skeleton dancer in the 60's...if I had originally said 70's it was a mistake....I was doing GrindShow stuff in the 70's. Smile


AS to doing that guys act...like has been said...Skeleton Dancers have been around since the 1700's!!!! Maybe earlier. What I liked about his performance was the bending over the hat. Very cute and it wouldn't be stealing if adopted by other performers. Just an adoption of a move...who knows where he got it. It's like my Ape that I put on the site http://MarionetteShow.com ...I designed it to do very effective 'knuckle walks' (see photos)...I haven't seen others do that...but it wouldn't bother me if somebody else used the idea to advance their Hat. Gotta have fun eh?

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