About Terrence Burke

Puppeteer beneath the Wump Mucket Puppets.

Rest in Peace Larry Smith

Rest in Peace Larry Smith

I wish to share my thoughts about the passing of Cincinnati puppetry legend Larry Smith.

So many children grew up in Cincinnati loving his numerous TV shows and live performances. I regret that I don’t share their memories, watching his signature characters Hattie the Witch, Snarfie R. Dog, and Teaser the Mouse, to mention only a few. I am sure that I would have loved his shows.

When I was getting my puppet act together in the early 2000s, I was welcomed with open arms by the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild, which Larry founded in the 1970s. I met him at various guild meetings and events, and would sometimes bump into him around Cincinnati. As I think about him today, I really wished that I got to know him better.

Several years ago, while I was performing in Downtown Cincinnati, a man in his 60s approached me from the audience after my show with a big smile on his face. He looked at me to say, “Man! You are Larry Smith!”. I consider this as a very kind complement, as Larry spent most of his adult life performing puppets.

Rest in Peace Larry Smith. You made children happy by bringing joy and laughter to Cincinnati.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone

Happy Valentines Day 2018!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  We are very fortunate to have such great fans, clients, and friends.  Thank you for all your love over the years.  What is your favorite valentine’s day candy treat?  Candy hearts?  Fancy chocolate?  

Enjoy this silly photo of Unka Unka the caveman and his pal Kitty Quo Quo Quo Qua with too many candy hearts: 

Unka and Kitty are looking forward to sharing their silliness at our shows next month, we hope that you will join us.  To see where we are performing CLICK HERE

Speaking of Unka and his pal, they are working on their new act for our summer 2018 show “Tales from Bucket Gulch”.  From what we have been told, old Unka is searching for gold!  Will he find it?  Not if Kitty can help it.  We are sure that our fans will love what these two have planned.

PBS TV here come Wump Mucket Puppets

PBS TV here come Wump Mucket Puppets

We have been informed that our guest segment on “The Art Show” has been picked up for national distribution on PBS television stations in major markets.

In late summer 2016 two TV crews interviewed me for the segment that was included in the CET public television program The Art ShowCLICK HERE TO WATCH

I am not certain at this time when and where the guest segment will air around the country at this time.  As soon as more info is available, I will be sure to share it.  Many thanks to CET TV producer Don Hancock (who has a few Emmy Awards with his name on them) for letting me know this exciting news.

Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Wump Mucket Puppets  our clients! We are having a Valentine’s Day Special Offer SAVE $25 when you book two of our kid-pleasing puppet shows. Book one of our shows to be performed in 2018 and receive a $25 DISCOUNT on our Halloween or Christmas shows, performed in October or December 2018.

This offer is good for shows booked in February 2018.  Travel fee additional , a total will be quoted when booking a show.

It’s a great way to bring quality arts programs to your school, library, daycare center, or special event. Have a question? Call or text Terrence Burke at 513-370-9803 or through our website contact form CLICK HERE

Who wants a Wump Mucket Puppets sticker?

Who wants a Wump Mucket Puppets sticker?

Our new stickers are here!  5000 of them!  Would you like one?  Join our Facebook page and leave a message.  We will let you know how you too can have a new Wump Mucket Puppets sticker.

This sticker is an updated version of the “puppet burst” artwork that was created by Lara Rumizen a year or so ago.  The new stickers really show the detail of Lara’s art. The Wump Mucket Puppets logo has been tweaked a little bit, adding a shadow and glow to the words to make them more readable.

Wump Mucket Puppets sticker

Wump Mucket Puppets sticker. Art by Lara Rumizen, logo by Terrence Burke 

Meet and greet fun

Here are a few photos from a recent show while we meet our fans.

Our audience means so much to us, and we enjoy meeting with you very much, hearing your thoughts about the show, or give one of the stars a scratch on the back.

Find out if we are performing near you by visiting the Wump Mucket Puppets schedule page.

Sasquatch SLAM dunk!

Here’s a fun photo of Coleman the Sasquatch taken before our performance at The Goddard School in Cincinnati, Ohio this morning.

While Coleman may be a bit short to make a “Squatch dunk”, I will share that I did play on a church league basketball team when I was in high school many decades ago.  Our team wasn’t the best in town, yet we all had fun playing together.  I recall my best game, we were getting stomped on.  Everything I threw towards the hoop went in.  I had a “ball”.  That’s what it’s all about!

Wump Mucket Puppets can bring LOTS of fun to your school, library. or special event.  Please see our contact page to get in touch with us.

Happy Holidays 2017

 Happy Holidays 2017

Please enjoy this short video featuring Coleman the Sasquatch:

What a wonderful year 2017 has been from Wump Mucket Puppets

We have has the pleasure of performing for so many happy children and their families over the year.  Your laughter and smiles are precious gifts.  Thank you for letting us share joy with you through the magic of puppetry.  Have a wonderful holiday season and a fantastic 2018!

                                   -Terrence Burke, creator/puppeteer Wump Mucket Puppets

 

Encore broadcast of our PBS TV debut

Encore broadcast of our PBS TV debut

Wump Mucket Puppets creator Terrence Burke

Did you miss seeing Wump Mucket Puppets on Cincinnati’s PBS television station WCET TV 48 back in January 2017? 

Don’t touch that dial!  There will be an encore broadcast of our PBS TV debut on The Art Show,  Saturday, December 16 at 6PM on CET HD, and once again on Sunday, December 17 at 8PM on CET Arts.

Live outside of the Cincinnati area?  Busy on those nights?  No worries, you can watch the entire show online at anytime here:
http://www.pbs.org/video/art-show-season-6-episode-1/

Wump Mucket Puppets performing at CET PBS television station

Wump Mucket Puppets performing for the CET Kids Klub event in 2014.

Working with the production crew from CET was a fantastic experience for me.  Everyone was great during the two day shoot, and worked hard to make my puppets look wonderful on camera.   I encourage you to show your support of their work, and all PBS productions, by making a pledge of support to CET or your local PBS television station if you are able.

Wump Mucket Puppets photo collage

Original photo collage made to promote the January 7, 2017 broadcast of The Art Show.

After you watch the show, leave a brief message on the Wump Mucket Puppets official Facebook page , and let us know what you thought of our guest appearance.  We love to hear from our friends and fans.  Who knows, maybe one of these days,  Wump Mucket Puppets may have their very own television program! 
Thanks for watching everyone!

Giving thanks in 2017

Giving thanks in 2017

Wump Mucket Puppets - A Puppet Rocker's Blog

It is the Sunday after Thanksgiving 2017 as I write this blog.  Coffee has been made, my children are still sleeping, and our new cat Piper has been fed (more on her in a bit).  2017 has been another year of growth for myself and Wump Mucket Puppets.  

Look at the SMILES! @fallfeastcincinnati #Thanksgiving #FallFeast #Cincinnati #puppeteer #shareJOY

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My puppets have performed for so many people this year, including our fourth year at Fall Feast Cincinnati on Thanksgiving Day.  It was during these performances that I began to think how fortunate I am to be a puppeteer in the age of instant digital entertainment.  It takes time, including many late nights, some frustration (especially with using computers), and lots of hard work to get to where I am now.  What the audience sees onstage is thirty minutes of fun, that has taken many, many weeks of puppet building, script and song writing, and prop building/painting.  And I love every step of producing a puppet show. It thrills me that my audience is enjoying it too.  I am thankful for having the opportunity to perform for so many children.

Our pal Alex loved Q.B. at @fallfeastcincinnati #Thanksgiving #FallFeast #Cincinnati #puppeteer #shareJOY

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So why do I puppeteer?  Why spend weeks working on a puppet that will be performing for only five minutes in a show?  Why do I drive hundreds and hundreds of miles around the country to reach my audience?  The answer is one word, LOVE.  I love what I do.  I love to hear children laugh and clap when my characters perform.  I love having a parent tell me that their child sings my silly songs at home.  I love when my son helps me set up the stage and sound equipment, or when my daughter gives me feedback on a puppet design or song idea.  I love sharing joy through puppetry.

And speaking of love, we have a new family member, our family adopted Piper this past week.  She came to us through Cincinnati Cats, she is eight years old and blind.  Piper has won our hearts with her charm and cuddling.  

Meet Piper, our new family member. She is eight years old and blind. #adoptedcat #blindcat #cat

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