File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 27

Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 20:19:53 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] terms for puppet types

A major reason for the metal rods to Pupi heads is the WEIGHT FACTOR. Sicilian puppets tend to be among the heaviest. 

The rod to the right hand (or sword hand) avoids a penulum effect, is more direct---it just makes sense.

As for the small Czech marionettes with a wire to the head, weiht is not such a factor. But the market for little string puppets was for home theaters, and with the wire, the strings are less apt to tangle.

After retiring the Turnabout Theater, which used only strings on his marionetes, Harry Burnett made a "tangleproof" series of marionettes to sell, which used a sturdy  wire to the head..


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