File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 7

Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 14:55:03 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Inflating and deflating puppet's stomach on stage -

Amy you could try what many marionette variety artists do with their balloon
blowing puppet. Use a long tube and blow it up through the tube with your
own breath and then you can put some kind of clamp on it to keep the air in
(I use my teeth). Then when you want to let some air out you can do it
either slowly or quickly.  Need more air, just blow through the tub again.

It is very effective.

Mountain Marionettes
The East Coast Super Sonic Puppet Festival

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Amy Feldman" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 3:49 PM
Subject: [Puptcrit] Inflating and deflating puppet's stomach on stage - a

> 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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