- Oct 1, 2018
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that's awesome, it's great when a kid thinks of a puppet as a real living creature but it's even better when an adult doesI've shared this story many times before, it's not necessarily "weird" so much as it was unique and rewarding. Any puppeteer will tell you that when kids are able to connect with the puppet you're performing and you, as the puppeteer, become virtually invisible to the kids, you know you're doing your job right. I once had this experience with a grown man: my first year doing pledge drivers for PBS, we had a man from the local zoo in the studio with us on the puppet set to talk about the various different animals he brought that day (an owl, a tarantula, a gecko), and even cameras weren't rolling on us inbetween our pledge breaks, this man was talking to Steve D'Monster like he was real and I was virtually invisible - so that told me that I not only was doing my job right, but that I was doing it very, very well if a grown man was able to connect with the puppet on my hand.
oh I have dealt with that before. Once I was doing a show at the library and a little boy kept digging through my puppets and props and stuff and I asked his mother to take him away and she just sat there and said "oh he will stop eventually" until I had to literally trap him out of the stage by pulling the walls to the side to keep him outI think my weirdest experience was when I puppeteered at a birthday party, and one of the kids kept wanting to pull the puppet's arm off, and their parent didn't even say anything about it; in fact, they encouraged them to continue doing so! I eventually had to break character to tell this kid to get the **** off my puppet lol.
Luckily I had sewed it on pretty well, but from that point forward I use doll joints to secure puppet arms!