File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 149

Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 19:06:26 EDT
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Luck has nothing to do

In Punch and Judy performing, particularly, it has long been considered that 
placing Mr Punch himself on the left hand was, indeed, bad luck, and southpaw 
Punch professors were reportedly mocked.   

The idea for this came, no doubt, from the fact that Punch is the main 
character in the show, and remains on one hand for the entire performance (for the 
most part), while the other characters who intrude upon him enter on the left 
hand.   Punch is always dominant, indeed.

Being left handed myself, I never paid much attention to the superstition, 
and oddly enough my new Judy feels as awkward on my left hand as my Punch feels 
inappropriate on my right.   The puppets have let me know, it seems, where 
they want to sit, and it has nothing to do with superstition.   Not with that 
PARTICULAR superstition, anyway.

Sean K.
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