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Harris Deutsch
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For the last few weeks, I have been bringing out John, my traditional size 7 figure. Due to his size, (I need to transport a large case just for 1 puppet)he has not ventured out of the garage in quite awhile.

I was pleasantly surprised of the response "he" got, as his personality is not as fully developed as some of my more used puppet. He was a hit at the library, country music venue and a coffee shop.

A few months ago I was thinking about selling him. I actually listed him on my local rings web site. Now I am leaning toward keeping and using him more.

Have you brought back into your act any puppets from your "past"?

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I haven't, but I am still using Henry, my traditional hard figure. There's always a response when I get him out, usually positive, and I often hear a gasp from the audience. Occasionally I'll hear someone who insists on saying aloud 'those things scare me'. I just ignore it and do the act. I've only had one really bad reaction to him in the years I've been using him. I am planning on replacing him in my kidshows at some point with a soft puppet version. I've spoken to the Dummy Shoppe about it. Plans are currently on hold, but it is still the plan. I have three main reasons for wanting to use a soft puppet in his place. One, the reason you mentioned Harris, he's big and requires a large case. Two, I love the expressiveness of a soft puppet, especially with rod arms. Have you ever watched Dan Horn? Man, the possibilities. And three, little kids generally relate better to the soft puppets. Especially if I am at an elementary school, it can be more difficult with that age group to get past the 'those things are creepy' response. I do get past it, but it's an unnecessary obstacle to getting the audience to connect with the character. They connect IMMEDIATELY with Frank the Wonder Dog, a JET soft puppet. Partially because he's a cute animal puppet, but partly because he is a soft puppet, and if you know JET's work, you know how appealing her characters are.
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I'm a hard (figure) guy myself, but I don't perform for kids. When I first bring Oscar (in my avatar) out, I always hear some gasps and wows and more than a smattering of applause. (Thank you, Ray Guyll). I have a few soft puppets, but I just associate vent with hard figures. That's my narrow-minded rut, I know. We each find what works for us and our audiences.

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I had several soft puppets but sold them all when I started using traditional vent figures. Absolutely nothing wrong with soft puppets by any means. It's just that I prefer hard figures which I too associate with what a vent uses. Terry Fator does pretty darn good with both, as does Jeff Dunham, IMHO:o)
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This wasn't met to be another soft versus hard figures. It was about going back into your past to bring a puppet that had not been used "back to life".

Seems as if I am getting more repeat gigs. Consumers seem to like a combination of the known, with a few new(to them)items.

My background in improvisation really helps in this area.

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I had an older figure I wanted to bring back to life, but it was latex and had yellowed from time, it was a shame because otherwise the figure is like new.
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Dave - I had the same thing. Andy was a Wubble character and not only yellowed but literally started to disintegrate.
When I got my Horton character, much of Andy's personality transferred to him. I know we aren't doing the hard vs soft debate but for me as a person who does exclusively kids and families, I find soft puppets better.

I do find the advantages in reduced weight as well. I get my whole show is a rolling duffle bag (like a hockey gear bag)
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I envy you being able to pack light Neale. I'm still using two hard cases for a full performance like a school show. Do you get everything in the duffle, sound equipment and stands and all?
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Neale - that' why (besides preferring hard figures), I've not bought any more latex figures. Mine hasn't even shown any signs of disintegrating, just yellowed.
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