Story Behind This Puppet
BiblePuppet Logo was first prototype
By: Clif Desmond
This puppet was the very FIRST puppet made with the BiblePuppet Pattern
& Instruction ebook, which I published in August of 2001. He was the
prototype and is the very same puppet you see in the BiblePuppet logo
An entire series of BiblePuppet characters were created in order to show
others how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own
professional-looking, moving-mouth puppets that look just as good on
video and camera as any of the other puppets we see all over the
The concept started with the curiosity of an 8 year old with puppetry
back in the 1960’s. There was plenty of inspiration available then as
television offered everything from Shari Lewis and Lamb-Chop to Danny
O’Day (and Farfel), Kukla, Fran and Ollie… Of course if this youngster
watched TV from a local station in Boston he was also very much aware of
the work of Ed Spinney.
There is nothing like learning as you go, experimenting with ideas and
concepts. By age 15 our subject was performing puppet shows at birthday
parties, club houses, schools and churches.
Puppetry is something that stays with you throughout your life. It never
completely goes away. I have often thought about this boy since I was
the one who walked in his shoes back then. There was no internet in
those days. Everything was trial and error, ad-lib, improvisation and
fun…. In fact….. A LOT of FUN!
(All together now)
How Fun is it?
If you have ever been to a puppet show or enjoyed the work of a great
ventriloquist you will understand… However, there are a few in each
crowd that watch, amazed with the skills and the design of the puppets,
a fire is ignited inside and they are inspired to participate. Some of
these will seek to absorb as much information as possible, feeding the
inspiration and puppeteers emerge!
Fun creates more fun. Laughter creates more laughter (and can be
contagious). Puppetry creates creatures that are not real that you will
look at and talk to!
Puppetry is an illusion created by expression.
Today we can use the internet to learn everything to be known about all
the great puppets and puppeteers of yester year as well as the
inspiration from the great ventriloquists and puppeteers of today. These
are the the Jeff Dunhams the Henson people, the Terry Fators… More are
to be revealed in the years to come!
Perhaps that next big puppetry star is you?
BiblePuppet Pattern & Instruction eBook!