File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 28

Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 08:35:35 -0800
Subject: [Puptcrit] My second note to Ebay Carmen seller

For the record:  Today I emailed the seller of the Carmen puppet on 
Ebay.  This was my second email to the seller.  In my first email, I 
relayed what Alan Cook knows to be true: The Carmen puppet on Ebay 
was made by Douglas Christopher-Burnham.

This is what I wrote today:

Hi again.  I'm the person who wrote before that this puppet was made 
by Douglas Christopher-Burnham.  The Conservatory of Puppetry Arts is 
going to send me a photo of Frank Paris' Carmen and some supporting 
evidence. They probably have a newspaper clipping that shows Frank 
with his Carmen. I would like to email the photo to you, but I would 
need a direct email address.  The curator at COPA, Alan Cook, was a 
long-time friend of Frank's and he even cared for Frank 24/7 during 
the last months of Frank's life.  Alan knows that Frank only made one 
Carmen. I asked you about the reserve on the Burnham puppet only 
because I want to buy it, give Mr. Burnham the credit he deserves, 
and then donate Mr. Burnham's Carmen to the Conservatory of Puppetry 
Arts.  This is an interesting story in puppet history. -Mary Decker


Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 08:28:56 -0700
From: "Steve Millward" <>
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Douglas Christopher Burnham and his Carmen
	marionette on e-bay

Hi Puptcritters,
      Here is  the latest revised description of the Carmen Miranda
puppet on e-bay

On Dec-04-06 at 06:59:16 PST, seller added the following information:
We have received messages from three individuals and one rude person
who assert that this marionette was not made by Frank Paris. They have
offered no empirical proof (pictures) to the contrary, and their
motives can be considered suspect. (One asked about our reserve
price). They have offered several other puppeteers as the "possible"
craftsman. Our research indicates that one named puppeteer is an avid
collector who indicates that he would not part with his "children,"
and plans to donate his entire collection. We can not locate any
information the other named puppeteer.

Here are the facts as we know them. The former owner represented this
marionette as one made by Mr. Paris. A framed obituary was included
with the marionette. As with most original hand made marionettes,
there is no certification, paperwork or markings available. This
particular "costumed" marionette does not appear in the video tape
recording of one of Mr. Frank's 1950's performances. This marionette
is a wood-carved full body marionette, that measures 3 ? feet in
height. The marionette's dress and head-dress is highly detailed. The
strings and controller are original. This marionette was designed for
professional performance use, not display. The craftsmanship in this
marionette is excellent.

One super friendly E-Bayer informed us that early performing
puppeteers would make duplicate puppets as emergency back-ups, to
display different facial expressions or for costume changes to keep
the act fresh. Please bid accordingly. Thanks.

       At least may collectors will think twice or do more
investigating before bidding now.

Steve Millward
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