File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 322


Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:04:23 -0700
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talcum powder


Lycopodium powder has many interesting uses.  If you sprinkle on top of a bowl
of water you can put your hand in the water without getting wet.

Preston

Quoting puppetpro-AT-aol.com:

> Thanks, Ray! =C2=A0Very interesting thread!
> Bennington Marionettes used lycopodium in their effects. It worked
> wonderfully if the puppeteers were experienced and well-rehearsed. One story
> passed down among us was when a very ambitious young puppeteer blew the flame
> a little too far downstage, allowing the dragon to burn all but one of
> Siegfried's strings (in "The Ring").=C2=A0
>
> Rolande
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ray DaSilva <ray-AT-puppeteersuk.com>
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 7:06 am
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talcum powder
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> Joe, 'poix' which Mathieu describes is resin. Traditional companies still
> use it. The spores you are thinking of are lycopodium - quite different.
> Harry Tozer described the resin method used by the Catalan puppets which was
> published with a diagram in Paul McPharlin's Yearbook 1934 and later
> reproduced in my book 'The Marionettes of Barcelona'.
> Best wishes
> Ray
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org [mailto:puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org]
> On Behalf Of Joe Dunfee
> Sent: 24 September 2009 11:30
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talcum powder
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> Mathieu wrote:
>  >I wrote an article about it on Puptcrit a few years ago (2006), about how
> an
>  >Italian glove puppet company uses a traditional and wonderful method for
>  >spectacular puffs of smoke.
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> I think what you are referring to is a type of mushroom spore that is
> available in powder form and is blown over the flame.  I have read
> that powdered coffee creamer is a good substitute.
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> Joe Dunfee  joe-AT-dunfee.com
> Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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