File puptcrit/puptcrit.0602, message 331


Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 15:14:05 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org, puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Inflating and deflating puppet's stomach on stage -



Phillip Huber's bubble gum girl inflates at the end of her song, but it only happens once.  I believe it is done with ribs inside her costume (kind of like an umbrella) rather than air.  Moving enough air quickly enough into an inflatable structure may be almost impossible for what you want.    

You didn't mention what kind of a puppet this is, but for a rod puppet something along the lines of an umbrella mechanism could probably do what you want.  

Kurt


-----Original Message-----
>From: Amy Feldman <amykfeldman-AT-yahoo.com>
>Sent: Feb 28, 2006 2:49 PM
>To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
>Subject: [Puptcrit] Inflating and deflating puppet's stomach on stage - a	question
>
>Hello All,
>
>   Has anyone had any experience trying to inflate and
>deflate a puppet's body part on stage in real time?  I
>have a head made from latex (gee, I guess that
>explains it all) rather my puppet has a head of latex,
>arms of soft foam rubber and upper chest also of foam
>rubber. I wanted to attatch a ballon for the stomach
>and inflate and deflate it to show the yoyo trend of
>many dieters to gain and lose weight quickly. It is
>problematic if it is done multiple times as the ballon
>must be tied and popping it would make the air come
>out too fast. A beach ball does not deflate quicly
>enough and does not give the shape I wanted. I am
>realkly at a loss. Not of pounds, unfortunately but of
>ideas.  Any thoughts, Oh Puppeteer Heroes and Heroines
>of mine? I am in awe of all you people and have been
>an avid fan of this site for a few years. All the
>best.
>Amy Feldman  
>
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