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Puppets & Puppetry

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  • Jim Henson

    The Biography

    by Brian Jay Jones

    For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth-century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson.He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters he created: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Puppets and Puppet Theatre

    by David Currell

    Puppets & Puppet Theatre is essential reading for everyone interested in making and performing with puppets. It concentrates on designing, making and performing with the main types of puppet, and is extensively illustrated in full colour throughout.Topics covered include: nature and heritage of puppet theatre; the anatomy of a puppet, its design and structure; materials and methods for sculpting, ... Read more

    $23.86 AUD

  • My Life as a Furry Red Monster

    What Being Elmo Has Taught Me About Life, Love and Laughing Out Loud

    by Kevin Clash

    Hello, Everybody!The furry red monster known as Elmo has charmed his way into hearts and homes throughout the world with his unmistakable laugh, over-the-top enthusiasm, and boundless love. Elmo’s appeal is nothing short of magical. Kids adore him, and parents find him irresistible. What is it about this little monster?Meet Kevin Clash, the man behind the Muppet and the unassuming heart and soul ... Read more

    $11.10 AUD

  • The Chivalric Folk Tradition in Sicily

    A History of Storytelling, Puppetry, Painted Carts and Other Arts

    by Marcella Croce

    Tracing the development in Sicily of a chivalric tradition based on the medieval stories of Charlemagne and his knights, this is an analysis of Sicilian storytelling, puppetry, festivals, cart painting and other folk art. Interviews with puppeteers are documented, and hand painted cart panels and playbill posters are described and illustrated. The diffusion of the chivalric tradition in Sicily is ... Read more

    $28.70 AUD

  • Hand Puppets and String Puppets

    by Waldo S. Lanchester

    Originally published in the 1940s, the author, a master of his craft, has clearly and concisely explained the making of both hand and string puppets, and also clearly shown how they may be used in appropriate settings. With the idea of giving asistance to the novice, and help to the more advanced student, the book is written in plain and concise language the diagrams and photographs should explain ... Read more

    $7.69 AUD

  • Marionettes

    How to Make and Work Them

    by Helen Fling

    This is the complete book of marionette craft — from making heads and constructing bodies to stringing the marionettes on one- and two-hand controls, operating the marionettes, and putting on your own shows. Four books by Helen Fling have been brought together to make this volume. Their wealth of illustrations, tricks, helpful hints and solid, easy-to-follow advice will go far toward making your ... Read more

    $30.64 AUD

  • Puppet

    An Essay on Uncanny Life

    by Kenneth Gross

    The puppet creates delight and fear. It may evoke the innocent play of childhood, or become a tool of ritual magic, able to negotiate with ghosts and gods. Puppets can be creepy things**,** secretive, inanimate while also full of spirit, alive with gesture and voice. In this eloquent book, Kenneth Gross contemplates the fascination of these unsettling objects—objects that are also actors and ... Read more

    $18.47 AUD

  • Becoming a Ventriloquist for Beginners

    by Jack Maisel

    It is slower than slap-stick, making punch-lines all the more important. Unlike regular stand-up comedy, ventriloquism has, over the ages, earned a bad name of being repetitive and old. The tougher thing about ventriloquism is not the throwing your voice part, but it's about coming up with the best set of jokes.... Scroll up... and click on "Buy Now" to deliver almost instantly to your Kobo or ... Read more

    $10.71 AUD

  • The Doll Book

    by Laura B. Starr

    This vintage book contains a detailed guide to dolls, exploring their history, popularity, and evolution the world over. From the dolls of the Native Americans to those of the Chinese, "The Doll Book" covers it all, making it a must-read for serious doll enthusiasts and collectors alike. Contents include: "Antiquity", "Etymology of the Doll", "Some History Dolls and Others", "Puppets and ... Read more

    $11.54 AUD

  • Puppetry for Beginners (Puppets & Puppetry Series)

    by Arthur B. Allen

    This antiquarian volume contains an introductory guide to puppetry, including complete instructions for making your own puppet, information on performing, handy hints and tips, and much more. This accessible and novice-friendly guide contains everything a prospective puppeteer needs to know about his art, and is highly recommended for those with a practical interest in the subject. The chapters of ... Read more

    $11.54 AUD

  • Imagination Illustrated

    The Jim Henson Journal

    by Karen Falk and 1 more

    Jim Henson's iconic puppet characters, fantastic worlds, and warm humor have delighted millions of people of all ages. His incredibly diverse body of work, from the Muppets to the world of The Dark Crystal, reveals his charm and genius to fans old and new. Compiled directly from The Jim Henson Company archives, Imagination Illustrated adapts the diary that Jim faithfully kept throughout his career ... Read more

    $28.15 AUD

  • The Long Christmas Ride Home

    by Paula Vogel

    “Brilliant . . . even more ambitious than Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive . . . it covers more ground and is bolder in its storytelling. Vogel’s language is at its most poetic, eloquent and elegiac. In fact, its vivid imagery rivals the prose style of any great American short story writer. The play sounds like it might have been adapted from a beautiful, undiscovered novella.”—New Haven Register ... Read more

    $18.47 AUD

  • Props

    by Eleanor Margolies

    series Readings in Theatre Practice
    Props are moving objects of attention: they can be part of theatre scenery, equal partners in performance, or autonomous things. This wide-ranging book brings together both theoretical and practical viewpoints on objects in performance, covering actor training, scenography, materials, construction techniques and object theatre. ... Read more

    $61.42 AUD

  • Sid and Marty Krofft

    A Critical Study of Saturday Morning Children's Television, 1969-1993

    by Hal Erickson

    H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost: For a generation of children growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, these were some of the most memorable shows on Saturday morning television. At a time when television cartoons had lost some of their luster, two puppeteers named Sid and Marty Krofft put together a series of shows that captivated children. ... Read more

    $15.72 AUD

  • Burmese Puppets, The Small Dolls of Burma

    by Jonathan Copeland

    Jonathan Copeland tells the fascinating story of an ancient art form that almost became extinct in the isolated, fabulous country of Burma, now Myanmar. He goes into the history and purpose of the shows, explains how they are made, and describes the characters of these amazingly beautiful creatures, which are exquisitely photographed. ... Read more

    $14.56 AUD

  • Zippy and Me

    My Life Inside Britain’s Most Infamous Puppet

    by Ronnie Le Drew and 2 more

    This is the first behind-the-scenes look at the now legendary children's TV programme Rainbow, which ran for more than two decades.Ronnie Le Drew is highly respected as a puppeteer, and has operated many of the twentieth-century's favourite children's puppets – Zippy, Sweep, Muffin the Mule, Bill and Ben, Brains from Thunderbirds – as well as working on classic puppet films such as Labyrinth, ... Read more

    $10.11 AUD

  • A Dummy and I - Fantastic Scripts for Ventriloquists and Puppeteers

    by Anon

    Mastered the art of throwing your voice but not sure what to say? This book contains a wealth of ideas for ventriloquism sketches. Thoroughly recommended reading for the tongue-tied ventriloquist. Containing black and white drawings of a selection of dummies. This book contains classic material dating back to the 1900s and before. The content has been carefully selected for its interest and ... Read more

    $7.69 AUD

  • The Woman Behind the Blue Curtain

    by Pat Reddekopp

    Aletha was a warm hearted woman, fondly remembered by the many people touched by her encouragement, her warm smile and her sense of humor. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was also viewed as a valued friend and prayer warrior. She loved each of the young puppeteers in "God Squad", and had dedicated involvement in missions and other ministries. Her love for God and the study and teaching ... Read more

    $12.31 AUD

  • Aspects of Puppet Theatre

    by Henryk Jurkowski and 2 more

    Henryk Jurkowski's seminal 1988 text, Aspects of Puppet Theatre, was groundbreaking in its analysis of puppetry as a performing art. This new edition of a classic brings the original text back to life, including four additional essays and a new introduction, edited and translated by leading puppetry scholar Penny Francis. ... Read more

    $55.30 AUD

  • Sicilian Epic and the Marionette Theater

    by Michael Buonanno

    This study analyzes the folkloric genres that comprise the repertoire of the marionette theater in Sicily. Here, epic, farce, saints' lives, bandits' lives, fairytales, Christian myth, and city legend offer the vehicles by which puppeteers comment upon, critique--perhaps even negotiate--the relationships among the major classes of Sicilian society: the aristocracy, the people, the clergy and the ... Read more

    $36.62 AUD

  • The Wider Worlds of Jim Henson

    Essays on His Work and Legacy Beyond The Muppet Show and Sesame Street

    by Jennifer C. Garlen and 1 more

    Jim Henson was the creative force behind a huge catalog of television series, films, specials, and other productions, even excepting the Muppets. This collection of essays delves into the rest of Henson's body of work, including projects developed during his lifetime and those that represent his legacy. Covered here are Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Jim Henson Hour, Dinosaurs, ... Read more

    $23.53 AUD

  • Be A Ventriloquist for Fun or Profit

    by Dan Williams and 1 more

    I have shown thousands of people my Ventriloquist acts, and now I want to teach you how to become a Ventriloquist in 3 simple steps. You will learn the easy alphabet and the 'Ventriloquists' alphabet. Discover the illusion of throwing your voice, and how to develop dozens of routines for all audiences. Following the 3 simple steps in Be a Ventriloquist for Fun or Profit, people of all ages can ... Read more

    $4.59 AUD

  • Shadow Puppets and Shadow Play

    by David Currell

    Shadow Puppets and Shadow Play is a comprehensive guide to the design, construction and manipulation and presentation of shadow puppets, considered by many to be the oldest puppet theatre tradition. Traditional shadow play techniques, together with modern materials and methods and recent explorations into theatre of shadows, are explained with precision and clarity, and illustrated by photographs ... Read more

    $27.16 AUD

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ventriloquism

    by Taylor Mason

    The art of "bellyspeaking" isn't for dummies.The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Ventriloquism teaches everyone to speak from their bellies, create and substitute sounds, use all the registers of their voice, and create diversions to attract the listener's ear - whether they invest in a fancy puppet or create their own figure out of a sweat sock.?Includes tips for making, manipulating, and talking with ... Read more

    $23.31 AUD