How to Use a Moving Mouth Puppet: Mastering the Art of Puppet Theater

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Learn how to use moving mouth puppets and techniques used by puppeteers in this free online instructional video on how to master the art of puppet theater.

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Hello this is Paul Louis from Puppets n’ Stuff puppets. You can find us on the worldwide web at www.puppetsnstuff.com. We are back with our puppeteer techniques. I am going to show you the proper way to open and close the puppet’s mouth. Also, I am going to show you the wrong way to open and close the puppet’s mouth. A lot of people have a misconception that when you operate a moving mouth puppet, the head flips back like that. Now that is not really the proper way to do this. So my hand inside the puppet’s head is doing this at the moment. What you want to do is, you want to try to keep your four fingers on top in one position, and basically only open and close your thumb. That way it is a more natural open and closed movement for the puppet, because we assume is when we speak our bottom jaw opens and closes. We do not speak like this. So we want to keep it pretty natural, and for the puppet as well, and that is the way to do it. Now, it is pretty tricky, and it is going to take time to learn that. You are not going to learn it overnight, but with practice you will be able to do it. Okay, we will be right back.

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