About Terrence Burke

Puppeteer beneath the Wump Mucket Puppets.

Puppet Booth, Stage, Box, whatever…it’s coming together.

I have had a bit of trouble deciding how to hold the three frames of my PVC puppet booth together. I started building the stage about 2 years ago, life happened in between.
A few nights ago, or was it early in the morning, it hit me (as many of my ideas eventually do)…drill holes into the PVC and keep it all together with larger washers & wing nuts! To think, I was thinking about using velcro.

A quick stop at the hardware store and a morning in the backyard were all I needed to get this stage of the “stage” together. I am happy with it’s progress and feel that it should hold up to an outdoor performance.

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE? Oh, please excuse me for neglecting to mention that I have been requested to perform at Winton Montessori School on Saturday May 15 2010. I will probably run through my 10 minute show six or seven times between Noon and 3 PM that day.

So with that deadline approaching I am staying on top of getting this stage together. I’ll spare you any boring photos of an unfinished stage, and leave that for the finished project.

Cyril visits the Cincinnati Zoo

In an attempt to be creative with my puppets, and spend time outside with my children, I brought the Cyril puppet to the fabulous Cincinnati Zoo and made this little video:

The video could have been longer, however some bird in the butterfly garden decided that Cyril made a great target for it’s crap! Oh, I was ticked off!
Luckily the bird crap came off and I learned a lesson:

Never try to make a puppet video where there are captive birds!

I love a parade!

I took my children to the Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day Parade. We were planning to sit back and enjoy the lovely weather while watching the annual event when this pesky sea serpent showed up and took over my right arm!
Here’s the video clip:

We had a ball!
Too bad The Reds lost today. 🙁

My first fan art!

No amount of money could replace the feeling I felt when my wife told me that the students that I performed for last month created thank you cards, complete with pictures of my puppets!

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I was really touched, and impressed with their artwork. The children must have been paying attention to my little show, because their art really captures the likeness of Cyril, Coleman, and G’Wazzl G’Wook.

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What is special to me is that these children were my first audience that were there to see my puppets. All of my previous performances have been in puppet slams with other puppeteers.

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It is very obvious that I made some sort of connection with them in the ten minute show. That connection is priceless. It may be foolish, yet making money through puppetry has never been my motivation.

Cyril, TjB, and G'Wazzl

Here is some of the children’s art:

Cyril and his tail fan art

Cyril fan art

G'Wazzl & Cyril fan art

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Coleman & Cyril fan art

Cyril & Coleman fan art

G'Wazzl fan art

PUPPETS ROCK!

The Wump Mucket Puppets had a great time performing at Winton Montessori School in Cincinnati today!

Here’s a picture of Cyril and Coleman singing for the children:

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The great news is that they would like me to come back and perform for more children!!!

The Tail!

The Furry Guy/Coleman rebuild has been put on hold since the puppet was taking a little longer than I have time.

The performance at Eleanor’s school is two days away, and with much help from my AMAZING wife here is Cyril’s new tail:

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The funny thing about this tail is that the idea has been around for nearly 7 years! Lara refined the design and quickly sewed the fabric together. I think it looks great.

Coleman/Furry Guy v.2 rebuild has begun!

With much help from my very crafty (and lovely) wife, the rebuild of the “Coleman” (AKA “Furry Guy”) puppet has begun. I had cut out the fabric last October, yet cut it much to large for a puppet that is supposed to be a small Sasquatch.

Lara’s sharp eye spotted this and helped get the body of the puppet to look like something Sasquatchy. Now I must build the mouthplate and get it into the puppet’s head, after that it’s the eyes.

I am still up in the air about the puppets arms. Lara thinks he should not have arms, while I think it should. We’ll see.

Furry Guy inspecting his new skin
Furry Guy, who has been renamed Coleman, inspects his new skin

Getting this (puppet) show on the road…at last!

I now have a deadline to get my little puppet troupe out in front of an audience other than my family. My daughter’s teacher has asked me to perform for their class on March 18th!

Yesterday I found that wrapping a large piece of fabric around my synthesizer stand will make a pretty good hand puppet booth.

Tonight I am mashing notes, ideas, and early morning thoughts into a script.

Cross your toes, because the Wump Mucket Puppets WILL ROCK!