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Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 17:07:17 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Topo Gigio pupppeteers


In 2003 there was a DVD release of "Ed Sullivan presents Topo Gigio and 
Friends"
18 episodes were selected from over 50 appearances on the show

I have been researching the  puppeteers who appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 
for a possible article,
Ed was a quite a friend to puppetry. For the 24 season run of the the show, 
over 40 different puppet and vent acts were on Sullivan. Season 17 
(1963-64-still in black and white) featured Topo 8 times, as well Senor 
Wences, British vent Arthur Worlsley, British puppets "Pinky and Perky," 
vent Ricky Layne, a full show devoted to Serge Obraztsov while he was 
appearing in NY and  some other non-puppet act called the Beatles.

SA



----- Original Message ----- 
From: <huntermarionettes-AT-earthlink.net>
To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Topo Gigio pupppeteers



The Topo Gigio puppet was actually patented in the U.S.  I have a copy of 
the patent somewhere.  It includes a very precise description of all the 
mechanics.  I'll try to track that down tonight.  I'll post the patent 
number (if I can find it).  With the patent number, you can download PDFs of 
any patent from the US Patent Office website.

Kurt


-----Original Message-----
>From: Angusson-AT-aol.com
>Sent: Jun 1, 2006 1:58 PM
>To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
>Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Topo Gigio pupppeteers
>
>HI Steve, et al:
>
>I remember Topo Gigio as a kid on TV.   Totally appealing personality and
>full of charm.
>
>It's been a while but I'm thinking he never turned completely around. (Back
>to audience.) Therefore, I'd speculate that he's a rod puppet 'combo' of 
>sorts.
>The size of the puppet and the precise leg movement give me to also 
>speculate
>that perhaps the legs were operated much like a finger puppet. That is to
>say, one of the operators fingers were the puppets legs, with the body 
>attached
>to the back of the hand.
>If you look closely, either a rod or part of an operators hand (for Topo's
>hand) is briefly visible as TG turns away from ED.
>
>Just a thought.
>
>Fred T.
>
>> Does anyone know how many puppeteers operated
>> Topo Gigio? Here's a link to the video. A
>> client wants a similarly operated puppet....here's a video clip....
>>
>> http://www.sofaentertainment.com/sullivan-presents-topo-gigio-friends-p-116.h
>> tml
>>
>>
>
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