The Magic Caf
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Everything old is new again » » Anyone Know What This Old Routine is Called (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

calimagician
View Profile
Regular user
143 Posts

Profile of calimagician
Hi All--

I am seeking information about an old vaudeville, British music hall gag.

It involves a (for lack of better terms) puppet theatre.

The "entertainer" uses his head and sometimes hands, but the rest of the puppet is small in scale and/or can be described as "miniature".

So basically a smaller sized character that has a human head.

I saw this "bit" in a British magic book many years ago in The Magic Castle library and I want to say "the routine" was being explained by Bruce Posgate.

There were several characters explained in the book as well as workshop drawings on how to construct the theatre.

Any ideas?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Thanks
Spellbinder
View Profile
Inner circle
The Holy City of East Orange, NJ
6438 Posts

Profile of Spellbinder
Jim Gerrish has a "Puppet Show Illusion" in his PVC Pipe Illusions Book 3, on my site. He describes the making of a "human elf" for a Christmas show he did in connection with that Puppet Theater illusion. Is that the kind of help you need, or are you searching for the origin or the name of the book you mentioned?
Professor Spellbinder

Professor Emeritus at the Turkey Buzzard Academy of Magik, Witchcraft and Wizardry

http://www.magicnook.com

Publisher of The Wizards' Journals
Leslie Melville
View Profile
Special user
Blackpool-U.K.
703 Posts

Profile of Leslie Melville
The art is known as 'Living Marionettes'. I first saw it performed at Butlins Holiday Camp at Clacton-on-Sea in 1960; The performer was Tommy Keele and he was the children's entertainer for the season.

Instructions for building the 'fit-up' with routines and scripts, can be found in a book by late I.B.M. (British Ring) Secretary, Bill Stickland, called "Introducing Bill's Magic".

Leslie
Stories....?....That's telling!
Bill Palmer
View Profile
Eternal Order
Only Jonathan Townsend has more than
24306 Posts

Profile of Bill Palmer
I'm not near my books right now, but I seem to recall this routine being in an old book published by Dick and Fitzgerald or Weymann Bros. called Social Entertainer Tricks.
"The Swatter"

Founder of CODBAMMC

My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

www.cupsandballsmuseum.com
DStachowiak
View Profile
Inner circle
Baltimore, MD
2158 Posts

Profile of DStachowiak
Along the same lines, does anyone recall seeing, on early television, comedy sketches performed by drawing faces on the performers' chins, using their mouths as the puppets' mouths, and reversing the image to turn the puppet faces right-side-up? (I hope this description makes sense)
Woke up.
Fell out of bed.
Dragged a comb across m' head.
Bill Palmer
View Profile
Eternal Order
Only Jonathan Townsend has more than
24306 Posts

Profile of Bill Palmer
Yes. Paul Winchell did this as a regular part of his show.
"The Swatter"

Founder of CODBAMMC

My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

www.cupsandballsmuseum.com
hugmagic
View Profile
Inner circle
7576 Posts

Profile of hugmagic
I believe Le Grand David does it in the Larcom Show.

Richard
Richard E. Hughes, Hughes Magic Inc., 352 N. Prospect St., Ravenna, OH 44266 (330)296-4023
www.hughesmagic.com
email-hugmagic@raex.com
Write direct as I will be turning off my PM's.
DStachowiak
View Profile
Inner circle
Baltimore, MD
2158 Posts

Profile of DStachowiak
Quote:
On 2009-05-24 14:38, Bill Palmer wrote:
Yes. Paul Winchell did this as a regular part of his show.
Yes! I do remember Paul Winchell doing it now that you said that. I know it was copied by others, as well, but it was certainly a regular bit of PW's.
Woke up.
Fell out of bed.
Dragged a comb across m' head.
Gerry Walkowski
View Profile
Inner circle
1448 Posts

Profile of Gerry Walkowski
Just in case you missed it, this thread is almost a carbon copby of a similar (recent) topic on THE MAGIC Café.

You may want to check this out, as a lot of this is being duplicated.
DStachowiak
View Profile
Inner circle
Baltimore, MD
2158 Posts

Profile of DStachowiak
Quote:
On 2009-06-01 04:51, Gerry Walkowski wrote:
Just in case you missed it, this thread is almost a carbon copby of a similar (recent) topic on THE MAGIC Café.

You may want to check this out, as a lot of this is being duplicated.

I thought THIS was The Magic Café...
Don
Woke up.
Fell out of bed.
Dragged a comb across m' head.
houdini
View Profile
Loyal user
N.E. Kansas
203 Posts

Profile of houdini
Calimagician: Tim Conway on Carol Burnett show used to do this routine on practically every show of Burnetts. This would have been during the 1980s and possibly tthe 90s. If you can find any old clips of Carol burnett shows on internet there possibly might be the routine done by Tim Conway.
Jim. Thats me on the left,Everyone should know the other guy!
Bill Palmer
View Profile
Eternal Order
Only Jonathan Townsend has more than
24306 Posts

Profile of Bill Palmer
Quote:
On 2009-06-01 11:10, DStachowiak wrote:
Quote:
On 2009-06-01 04:51, Gerry Walkowski wrote:
Just in case you missed it, this thread is almost a carbon copby of a similar (recent) topic on THE MAGIC Café.

You may want to check this out, as a lot of this is being duplicated.

I thought THIS was The Magic Café...
Don


That's spooky. This thread is a duplicate of itself. Weird.

BTW, Supreme published a book called Introducing Bill's Magic which featured Bill Strickland and some of his material. This bit was in there.
"The Swatter"

Founder of CODBAMMC

My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

www.cupsandballsmuseum.com
sleightly
View Profile
Elite user
New Hampshire
500 Posts

Profile of sleightly
Mr. Palmer and Mr. Melville are on the mark... Stickland's book has the best material on it. I featured a "humanette" character in my original musical Fantasmagoria Cabaret (2008) and have quite a bit of research on it. You can see a photograph from the show here:

http://www.fantasmagoriacabaret.com/photographs.htm
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Everything old is new again » » Anyone Know What This Old Routine is Called (0 Likes)
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2023 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.02 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL