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Perry D Winkle
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Here's a youtube video of me working with the Judy Mouse. I probably won't leave it up very long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4MFCCNVoL0
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The movement of the mouse is nice. Couldn't hear anything you said, though, since I guess you didn't have a mic on. I loved how you dumped him into the fez at the end, then plopped it on your head ! Very funny....

:)

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Thanks for that, very nice. And quite convincing. I can see why you barely use the raccoon anymore!
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Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Yeah, I didn't have a mic on that night. Actually, I didn't even plan on being recorded. But watching the recording of my performance was really helpful. I need to smile more! Smile
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Bev is one of our gems in the KC area.

Along with traditional spring puppets, one can find wonderful additions in the mouse/rat type "toys" for cats.

My nearly normal wife, has to ask me occasionally, which toys are mine and which are for Hannah the nearly normal cat.
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Perry D Winkle - that was a nice little vid of Judy. Thanks for sharing.

One of the 1st ever props I ever purchased was a spring rabbit. I got it about 30 years ago and it was made so well I myself though it was a real rabbit. I was only a kid though and did not know of any of the moves and how to manipulate the thing and eventually it wore out.

Over the years the raccoon became available and then did David Williamson and his crafty hystirecal routine and it just became over popular so I never got one. also never thought I'd be able to manipulate one.

I started looking at Judy but as you mentioned there was nothing on her except for a little black and white illustration in magic shop catalogues. Not enough to tickle my fancy.

Eventually I met up with Quentin Reynolds and he handheld me through the many phazes of his '5 minute with a pocket handkerchief' routine and since then I have never looked back and I love it.

It has become a stable routine in all my shows for all ages and it is loveable, cute, hectic, funny, magical, presentable and lots more.

If any one is thinking about adding a critter that moves, I would highly recommend his CD.

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You can often find cat toys in pet shops that you can animate like Judy (it's also fun to do that actually in the pet shop and pretend one of their hamsters has escaped).
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I had a Rocky "knock-off" that I purchased years ago. It looked bad. It operated worse. It was stiff, unnatural-looking and - compared to "Rocky" - was difficult to manipulate convincingly. It's collected dust now for about four years.
Earlier this week, I bought an official Rocky. I should've bought one years ago! The thing is a dream to operate. The basic moves were easy to learn right away and it's very easy to view the thing as authentic and separate from myself or my control. I've taken pieces of routines I've seen used in sales demonstrations and have adapted them to fit my personal style. I've already added to them and, like my other magic, I perform Rocky in front of a mirror. It's been less than a week and I've taken Rocky with me to a couple of public places just to see how 'real' it appears to others. Well, it makes kids laugh and women squeal and men frown and certainly gets the attention that I would expect if I had a live animal in my hands/arms. This Sunday, I'm taking it to church. That should be a riot.

My advice: Do NOT skimp on this particular item. Do not buy a cheaper knock-off. You will not be impressed and your performance will suffer for it. Get a real Rocky and spend some time in the mirror. It won't take long at all to realize what types of movements make it realistic and which ones make it look like a puppet.
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Hi,

I know this is an old topic. But just found the YouTube clip for Judy and wanted to leave a comment... Sadly you can't do that on YouTube.

I'd never seen a performance of the mouse before, and was extremely impressed! Really get sucked in to it being alive.

So my question is, are these mice still available and where can you purchase decent training material?

Thanks again for posting the vid. Very cool!
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Dan Garrett does a lot of work with the mouse, I think he's written a book about it.
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Thanks, Greg. I have not written a book on the mouse (other than in my lecture notes and in the instructions I have written for it), but my handling is on two of my DVD's. A close-up workers version on my "CloseUp Connivery DVD" and a kidshow version on my KidShow Konnivery DVD. Rocky is manufactured by Magic Masters and if you go for one of the cheaper knock-offs, you will probably be disappointed, as shown in many of the posts above. Judy the Mouse is also manufactured by Magic Masters. The magic comes in the manipulation of the mouse. I developed a method of manipulating the mouse on my thumb, as opposed to the classic 'finger puppet' moves. Perry Winkle uses a watered-down version of my handling on the YouTube video he posted. But it gets the job done.
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