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« on: December 07, 2006, 11:12:34 am »

Can anybody help me?  Yesterday I saw a video on the internet of a guy playing the guitar while a stick figure puppet did a high-dirve act.  Today, I cannot remember where I saw it.  I checked You
Tube, but no luck.  Please help.

Lost in My Own Thoughts
Ron G.
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2006, 12:34:56 pm »

Hey, Craig... is this the one? I have a slow Internet connection and haven't been able to finish downloading it yet, so I don't know if he does a high dive act or not, but I noticed this the other day when I was looking for another puppet clip on YouTube...



Ron G.
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2006, 01:04:02 pm »

That's flippin hilarious...
Ron G.
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2006, 01:22:18 pm »

45 minutes later, and it still hasn't finished downloading completely for me, but from what I've seen so far it reminds me yet again why I love puppetry so much.

OK, it just finished downloading - I really do love it.


Ron G.
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2006, 01:37:58 pm »

That was way to cool........... I noticed the audience was really getting in to the act of things. It amazes me how a inademate object such as that can be so intertaining.

This reminds me of parents that spend hundreds of dollars of toys for there youngsters for Christmas and they are more interested in the box it came in on Christmas morning.
Thanks guys
Billy D.
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2006, 01:45:05 pm »

That is it.  Thank you so much.  that is why I love this place.
Ron G.
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2006, 02:15:11 pm »

OK... how many rods on that puppet, and where were they attached? One for each arm, and one on the body? Or two on the body to get that movement? Maybe one on the back of the head, and one somewhere on the legs? One puppeteer could handle three rods, but would four be too many? Or would you just hold two loosely while manipulating the other two? I remember Jim Gamble using a foam-bodied rod puppet or two in his videos, and he actually had the main support rod rigged with a sort of pistol grip and a trigger. When he pulled the trigger it would yank on a string which controlled one of the character's arms.

I really like the uni-leg construction on this puppet in the YouTube clip...


Ron G.
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2006, 02:43:04 pm »

I think there are at least two puppeteers manipulating the puppet. Looks to me that there are arm rods, waist, foot, and then neck rods.  The rods for the arms/hands seem to be wood dowels and then the others look like wire.

This is truly a phenomenal piece of work. The concept is inspirational and execution precise!  I would love to see more of this companies work.

I tried following the link that was showing on the video but it looks to be a portal for adult entertainment now.  I would really like to know who did this.  There was one comment that it is about 10 years old and a Spanish production.
Ron G.
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2006, 03:02:37 pm »

OK... that makes sense. I really wondered how one puppeteer could produce that much coordinated movement in a rod puppet like that. You're right that it's an amazing piece of work.


Ron G.

I really need to switch out monitors, so I can see what's going on in that clip a little better.
Billy D. Fuller
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2006, 03:45:27 pm »

Ron I just noticed you have my coca-cola santa as your avatar.. way to go spin
Billy D.
Ron G.
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2006, 04:57:45 pm »

He's supposed to be waving his hand like this...

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...but I guess our board software doesn't allow animated GIFs as avatars, and won't let us host them off site.

Ron G.

Edited to add:

Shawn changed the board settings slightly to allow my Santa to wave his hand.

Thanks Shawn, I like my little Santa!  wave
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2006, 09:17:28 pm »

I thought it was from later eposodes of the Ed Sullivan show.  I am probably wrong, but it does have a 70's to early 80's feel to it.  I am not sure when the Ed Sullivan show ended on network television.

I am a little young, maybe some of you old timers would know!! LOL

« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2006, 06:18:42 am »

that is an excellent clip.
Ron G.
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2006, 09:52:33 am »

I don't have the video up in my browser right now, but from the couple of times that I watched it I got the impression that it was being performed in an intimate nightclub setting - people seated at tables with adult beverages, no children present, etc.


Ron G.
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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2006, 02:50:22 pm »

The Guitar Marionette is an Albanian group. The puppet has two arm rods, a foot rod and a rod at the neck. But the operator gets quite a bit of black-gloved hand help, handling the broken diving board and the ladder, etc. I've tried several times to contact them, but no results. It is quite old, apparently. I think it is mostly a single operator, however, because I can't imagine two operators getting their "you know what" together that well.

Another one you should see (too bad about the dial-ups!) is the Skeleton dancer.


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