File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 331


Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:27:23 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] flashpot


Hi, Nancy!

That is HILARIOUS!!!

Best,

Spence
http://www.SpencePorter.com/


puppetswithpizazz-AT-gmail.com wrote:
> Ha! I used flashpots for years until...(Here comes one of those stories) I had this chicken puppet with real feathers. I also had a stage that had tassles across the proscenium...and a flashpot. So off went the flashpot, blowing off one of the chicken's fanny feathers, which (unbeknownst to me and my partner) blew up and ignited the tassles, which caused the proscenium (also unbenownst to us) to burst into flames. Finally a teacher came behind stage and said, "Excuse me, but did you know your stage is on fire?"
>       The pig looked up, did a double-take, and shouted, "Good heavens, Clucketta, the roof is on fire! What should we do?"
>     "I don't know about you," replied Clucketta, "but I am outta here!" So as my partner was stamping out falling tassles, I went out and started telling the children what kinds of puppets were being used in the show-and this was the deaf-mute school- and the signer kept signing away and I could hear from the back, "More water!" The alarms went off-I often wondered is the kids could hear them since they never budged-and the firemen arrived in full regalia. I think that it was the best assembly program they ever had! What? And give up show biz? Nancy
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> Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 11:55:10 
> To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Talcum powder
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> 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"). 
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> 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
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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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> 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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