Tips for Using Marionette Puppets

Put on a show with marionette puppets. While it may look easy to manage puppets, you'll need to hone your skills to manipulate marionette puppets flawlessly. Try these tips to perfect your skills before taking your puppets to the stage.

Get to Know Your Puppet
The biggest key to working with marionette puppets is practicing with each particular puppet. One puppet is different in shape and weight than another, which means each string may result in different movements. Most simple harlequin-style marionettes have nine or more strings attached to the puppet's body parts.

Examine the Control
Above your puppet, you'll hold a control unit to which all of the strings are attached. Take a look and see where each body part connects at the top including the arm, head, shoulder, elbows and back.

Holding the Control
You should hold your control at the top keeping one finger below the first dowel of controls.

Moving the Control
The movements for marionette puppets are smaller than you might think. A slight tilt or rocking of the control can give your puppets general movement side to side or up and down to bring it to life. If you need more controlled movements, use your finger to pluck the strings that are attached to the corresponding body part. As stated before, making marionette magic is all about practice and getting comfortable with the controls.

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