PuppetVision Blog Archives: Puppeteers

Remembering Teddy Ruxpin creator Ken Forsse (1936-2014)

Teddy Ruxpin

I was sorry to learn that inventor and television producer Ken Forsse has passed away at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness. Ken was best known as the creator of the popular talking teddy bear Teddy Ruxpin in the 1980s, but few people realize he was also an early pioneer in animatronics and that his famous talking teddy was originally conceived for a puppet show almost a quarter century earlier. Continue reading

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Remembering Lewis Mahlmann (1927-2014)

Lewis Mahlmman

While we were in the midst of building several hand puppets for PuppetVision: The Movie earlier today, I saw some sad news pop up on Facebook…American puppeteer Lewis Mahlmann had passed away. Although Lewis’ name might not be well-known internationally, … Continue reading

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Pauline Benton: Shadow Woman

Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton

I had a nice little surprise waiting for me at my local library today. While returning some books that I had borrowed, I discovered a book I had been eagerly anticipating was finally waiting for me on the pick-up shelf, Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton, a book about the pioneering woman who brought Chinese shadow puppetry to North America. Continue reading

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Interview with Puppet Kitchen’s Michael Schupbach

Interview with Puppet Kitchen’s Michael Schupbach

Union Bowl recently posted this great interview with puppeteer/puppet builder Michael Schupbach of New York’s Puppet Kitchen. In it he discusses how he broke in to television puppetry in the 1990s working as an intern at the Jim Henson Company, which … Continue reading

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Remembering Leslie Press

British puppeteer Leslie Press

Sad news from the UK…British Punch and Judy puppeteer Leslie Press, son of the late (and legendary) Percy Press Sr. has passed away. Continue reading

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Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr

Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr

Zina Nicole Lahr was an extremely talented young artist, puppeteer, designer and special effects artist who died last week in a tragic accident after sustaining a fall while hiking in Colorado. Continue reading

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An in-depth interview with Ronnie Burkett

Ronnie Burkett

Gary Friedman conducts an in-depth interview with Canada’s Ronnie Burkett in Melbourne, Australia. Continue reading

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Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy Heath at Eurofurence

Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy Heath at Eurofurence

UK puppeteers Warrick Brownlow-Pike and Andy Heath gave a great 90 minute talk about their careers in puppetry and their work on the much-missed TV series Mongrels at the Eurofurence 19 conference in Germany. Continue reading

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Interview with Elizabeth Hara

Interview with Elizabeth Hara

The latest episode of the Ladypoints web series features a great interview with American puppeteer and puppet builder Elizabeth Hara. Continue reading

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Secrets of Paco Sanz’s Art

Secrets of Paco Sanz’s Art

Sanz y el secreto de su arte (“Sanz and the Secret of His Art”) is a silent documentary from 1918 about the work of the Spanish Ventriloquist Francisco Sanz Baldoví, one of the most popular Spanish performers in the first half of the 20th century. Continue reading

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