Just in case you have never thought of this idea, it is a great one.
Our good friend, Rabbi Meyers just sent us a video of his new puppet introducing his new ventriloquism site on Facebook.
Most of you have Facebook pages, but how many of you have pages just for your puppets. That is the unique angle of what the Rabbi has done.
We have often addressed the idea of learning about the character of your puppet. It is important that you know as much about your puppets character and who he/she is as you can.
However, there is one other aspect that you may not have thought of. That is your character. Is your puppet the straight man to your wisecracks? You don’t want to be just your plain old ordinary self when you are on stage do you? If not, who do you want to be? It is important that you also have a stage persona while you are performing.
Imagination: That place that we can escape to in order to hide from the nastiness of reality; a better place. A land that does not really exist, but should.
These are three possible definitions of the word Imagination. I did not even look the word up, because I know what it means to me. It really is the world that you must be attempting to create for your audience every time you go on stage. Everybody knows what reality is. For a lot of people it is a place that really stinks. It is a place to get away from. The usual. The humdrum. The everyday.
Whether or not your audience realizes in so many words, it is the world of make-believe that made them come to see you and your characters. It is a break from the nasty now and now (until we can get to the sweet by and by).
This is the time of the year that most everyone is digging out from their credit card bills from Christmas. You are just now beginning to see a little light at the end of the Proverbial tunnel. (And no it is not a train coming at you!)
As our way of helping you celebrate the coming of spring, we have decided to offer an incentive to get your year off to a good start.
Just want to remind you that this is a good time for the annual maintenance on your puppet(s).
Take each one of the little fellas out and look them over. If you have an accumulation of fuzzballs on the fabric, take a razor and gently shave the fuzzballs off of them.
Look over all the parts of the puppet where your hand touches and look for “soiled” places on the fabric. Get a clean rag and moisten with warm water. Put 2 or 3 drops of dish detergent on the rag and very gently scrub the soiled area on the fabric.