File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 325


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:38:43 +0100
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talcum powder


Yes Rolande, I quite believe it. 

A few years ago I saw the traditional Portuguese company Bonecos de Santo
Aleixo using resin in a marionette performance. They had an oil lamp sitting
on a shelf above the proscenium and they simply threw a small handful into
the flame which produced a momentary but quite violent dramatic effect,
which looked very dangerous. The operator told us that the only accident he
had was when his shirt caught fire! 

Here's a link to their website:
www.santoaleixo.com/bonecos_de_santo_aleixo.htm 

Ray

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Sent: 24 September 2009 16:55
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talcum powder

 

Thanks, Ray!  Very 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"). 

 

Rolande

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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

 

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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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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Joe Dunfee  joe-AT-dunfee.com

Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

 

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