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Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 23:37:20 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] TV opportunity for puppeteers

TV opportunity for puppeteers

I just heard that Martha Stewart is going to have her own reality show. It 
will be something along the line of the Donald Trumps’ “APPRENTICE”.  I 
think I recognize a trend :0)

It is time for puppeteers to produce our own “APPRENTICE” clone ASAP. First 
order of business, we must decide who should follow in the footsteps of “The 
Donald” as the Mentor/Boss.  Consider; Allan Stevens of the Puppet Co in 
Maryland? Karen Larson of Puppet Showplace in Boston? Robert Smythe of MUM 
Puppethteatre in Philadelphia? Who else?

The Apprentices: The first task for the wanna-be puppeteer teams will be to 
write, build, market and perform a puppet show in …say, about 48 hours. The 
BIG question will be how to decide on the winner: Ticket sales? Critical 
acclaim? Audience applause?  What other torturous tasks must the novices 
perform to prove their worth? Birthday parties for one year olds?  Your 

 Re: Extreme Make-Over TV opportunity

 After much soul searching, I have decided to apply for the puppeteer’s slot 
on Extreme Makeover.  However, I will pass on having a makeover myself. As a 
puppeteer, I have grown used to being the one doing the manipulating.  I 
want to be the I am applying for the role of the plastic 
surgeon. How hard could it be? I have lots of experience with ”plastics”. I 
watched a face-lift on PBS. The doctors just lift up the skin, pull out the 
wrinkles, and snip off the excess. I have done that exact same procedure 
numerous times …only variation, I was  stretching fabric over foam. My 
results were neat and pleasing to the eye. Nips, tucks and 
implants...easy...I have been doing them for over 25 years...on puppets!

I am realistic. I know that I will have to forego the hot glue gun 
technique. Imagine the victim/volunteer about to enter for his big reveal… 
The hot TV lights soften the glue and his skin starts to peal off. A young 
woman gets all hot and bothered…. while she melts, the glue also melts and 
her implants slip down to her navel.

To achieve professional results that last, I will stick to contact cement 
and sewing. Hot melt glue was iffy on puppet construction too.

I have to go. I need to search for before and after puppet photos to 
document my work. Wish me luck.


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