Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sound Advice for the Aspiring Puppeteer

"It is advisable in any case that the puppet be outfitted with trousers, short pants, or suitably modest feminine garments that properly gird the loins. By such prudent means many an awkward question from curious youngsters may be avoided. We have already begun to see in some of the modern European puppet theaters monstrous displays of anatomically correct and often grossly exaggerated reproductive apparatus, but such affronts are clearly designed to shock or amuse adult audiences of dubious sophistication, and it is our hope that American puppetry will not be sullied in a similar fashion."   --DeForest Hayden, The Art of Puppetry. Streater Publishing, New York. 1907.

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