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Astoundingly Lifelike Horse Puppet


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The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa made this amazing life-size puppet. Three puppeteers control the beast in such a way that it looks, acts, and sounds just like a horse. It's a wonder of both design and choreography.

-via The Presurfer | Troupe Website

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Thank you Miss Cellania for your post. The movie War Horse, coming out on Christmas day is based on the brilliant play first seen in London, now still running on Broadway. TED has a wonderful talk about the mechanics behind the horse.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/handpring_puppet_co_the_genius_puppetry_behind_war_horse.html

As a member of the Broadway community (and somewhat jaded stagehand) many of us were all stunned with this production. It is difficult to amaze most seasoned stagehands with theatrical "magic". It shows the excellence of craftsmanship that makes our work fulfilling.

There will be a tour of this production and I hope that many people across the country will get to experience this amazing gift.
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This horse is from the play, Warhorse.
I went to see Warhorse in London. It was absolutely amazing. Within moments you stop noticing the puppet handlers and the horses become real to you, though you are still overwhelmed by how cleverly it is done. It is a mix of human and these amazing horses, including a foal. The story is very good; sad but engaging and occasionally funny, the horses are astounding, the sets minimal but very effective and clever. It is one of the very few plays I'd love to see again. Hard to get tickets. though, as it is popular because it is so good and tickets are expensive.
I've seen many, many plays and this is one of the very best I've seen.
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That's a musical or theatrical production. Saw an ad for it on tv. Reminds me of Walking with Dinosaurs, but possibly with more of a story...?
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