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Next-Level Finger Puppet

Barnaby Dixon shows off his new puppet design, and it’s quite clever. It combines the articulation of a marionette with the direct action of a hand puppet. Of course, the skill of the operator is key to making it move realistically, and he’s pretty good at that, too.

(YouTube link)

The only drawback I see is that necessarily long loincloth, which could create design problems in making a specific puppet, but I’m sure that can be worked around.

Dixon did another video since then, in which you can see how he assembles the puppet, and then it dances to music. 

(YouTube link)

Imagine this with a pair of black gloves underneath for live performance, or green gloves for videos. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Impressive invention. It is not every day that one sees the origin of a new art. Needs black sleeves and gloves, like Bunraku puppets use, to conceal the operator.
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OMG!!!!! I want one! Or 2!! This is so cool! The loin cloth issue could be easily hid if it's a female puppet in a skirt or dress. Would love to see more of this young man's invention.
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