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Looking for any information on the old Court Jesters puppet. Can't seem to find anything.
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There's some information, not much, but some in John Towsen's "Clowns". Typically they are referred to as 'baubles', and as far as I have been able to discern, they were simply carved likenesses of the jester, with no articulated moving parts. Now, unless you're looking to be very authentic, I think you could use a simple toy vent doll, a smaller one, mount the head on a headstick with a lever and string to operate the mouth. You could cover the mechanism with some loose cloth to indicate the fool's motley. Paint the head to resemble yourself and voila, a cool jester's 'bauble' that serve's as a vent figure. I've thought about doing this for Ren Fairs, but never have. It's probably been done at some point by someone, but I haven't seen it.
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I've seen couple of vintage ones over the years which were made from modified "Mr. Punch" heads.

Also, the sublimely talented British figuremaker Geoffrey Felix has made at least a few articulated ones. They are truly works of art.

I actually sculpted one out myself, around 30 years ago, intending to use it I'm my act, but ultimately shelved it because I got a bit busy with other projects.
Maybe I should pull the head out of storage and revisit the idea... The one I was working on had moving mouth, eyes, and eyebrows!

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