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Need a different way to construct a marionette knee joint or a new approach to a technical problem with a string puppet? This book, filled with ideas garnered from the world's most inventive puppeteers, should eliminate the need to peruse endless piles of books while searching for the elusive solution. In this single volume can be found the two major theories of marionettes plus hundreds of practical ideas and useful tips for designing, constructing, stringing, and manipulating the most regal of puppets...the marionette.
"This well-illustrated and well-researched book contains everything
the puppeteer needs to know about marionettes."
Joan Weller, Humanities & the Arts
Author: Luman Coad
Total Pages: 151
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-11-9
The Storybook Puppet Theatre is the oldest continuously operating puppet theater in the United States. Up to seven new productions are created each year by the theater's director. This book shows step-by-step how to make fabric puppets in the "Fairyland way." Three types of felt heads are illustrated plus making a hand puppet, a rod puppet, and a marionette - all from fabric. Patterns for the three styles of heads plus the three types of puppets are included. 
 
"If any puppet-making blueprint has acquired what could be called a pedigree,
it's the pattern developed at Fairyland."
Paul Eide, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Randal J. Metz
Photographs: Carl LaRue
Total Pages: 177
ISBN-13:  978-0-921845-37-9
Originally published as a twenty session correspondence course by a founder of the Puppeteers of America, this well-written step-by-step guide is timeless and covers the entire process of conceiving, writing, designing, construction, rehearsing, and promoting a marionette or hand puppet production. The entire original text and illustrations are augmented with later revisions as well as some of the Lesson 20's which were written to address each student's questions. Includes a reprint of a 1947 Popular Mechanics booklet. More than 180 line illustrations.
 
"It is a happy day this material is once again visible and available to nudge young
puppeteers to find their own way of seeing and doing shows."
George Latshaw, Puppetry Journal
 
Author: Martin Stevens
Total Pages: 219
ISBN-13: 978-0-921845-16-4