We did it!

The slam was attended by 35-40 people in the back room of Sidewinder Coffee & Tea. The audience seemed to be interested, yet a little uncertain of what to expect. Maybe that is good.

We hope to have another puppet slam there in February of 2006.

Getting it together

Well, I have hung posters around Northside, posted messages on boards, and emailed “the press” -whom I doubt will print anything anyway.

Our little puppet slam (slim?) is less than a week away!

I have practiced my song, with and without a puppet on my right hand, and feel that I know it well enough. If I goof up…big deal. 🙂

It should be fun to see what the other puppeteers do.


We had our August puppetry guild meeting this past Sunday (08/14/05), and I expressed that we still need puppeteers to perform at the October puppet slam. No one said “I’ll be there!”.

I am starting to wonder will we have ANY puppets at the puppet slam? What can I do to get people involved?

Another Devil head picture

I sketched this more detailed picture of the devil head puppet on July 24th. It took me a little while to figure out how to post the photo on Blogger!

I plan to make the head around 10 inches tall with exaggerated features, such as one eyeball to be larger than the other. Why? Who knows, perhaps that’s what I think a devil looks like in my mind’s eye.

To the right of the head you can see the claw-like hands that I plan to add to the puppet. I will first sculpt the heads & hands out of modeling clay, next the sculpture will be covered in paper pulp mixed with glue…yum! We’ll see how it goes.

In some puppet releated news, in my case anyway, the Cincinnati Public Library is offering a program called Comic Revolutions over the next three months. I have registered for the two workshops on comic book basics. I hope to learn a little more about scripting both puppet skits and comics from these FREE workshops. All in all it should be fun, and I get to see real live comic geeks!

Want to buy me an early birthday gift? Look no further, for here is a book that I would like to add to my collection: Puppetry: A World History by Eileen Blumenthal. I received a postcard from her publisher a few weeks ago and have yet to find it at the library. Maybe I will see a copy at work?

Faust puppet sketch 1

Here is the first sketch for puppets that I am thinking of building for the puppet slam>>>>>>>

On the left is a devil puppet, with a close up of the puppet head to his right. I can’t decide what a devil puppet would wear…any ideas?

On the lower right is a sketch of a jester. I am lucky that I already own some fabric to dress him in.

Oh, in other puppet related news…I am mailing a photo of Eleanor (my daughter) and I wearing our Oscar the Grouch t-shirts to Sesame Street puppeteer Carrol Spinney!

Faust idea

Yesterday I watched the DVD of the Jan Svankmajer film FAUST and it gave me an idea to possibly perform a scene from it at out puppet slam. The scene involves a jester who has discovered how to summon devils by repeating enchanted words. I think the words were “feezlekay” to summon the devil, and “fozzlekay” to make him leave. I have reserved a copy Goethe’s Faust from the library to research this a little further. I plan to build simple glove puppets, a jester and 1 or 2 devils. I think paper mache heads and hands with cloth torsos would work just fine.

More info about Faust here


Both Linda & Micha agreed with my idea to “simplfy” the slam. So I am going forward (at last) and scheduling the 2005 CAPG Puppet SLAM! for Saturday October 22nd at 7 PM. We are going to have it at Sidewinder Coffee & Tea, a cool coffee house that is right around the corner from Wump Mucket’s secret HQ in Northside.

At last! We’re slammin’!!!

Slimmer Slam?

With just a little over 3 months before our puppet slam, and very few CAPG people stepping up to the plate to help make it happen I have been thinking of changing the scale of the Slam.

Booking a theatre space 3 months in advance seemed silly when only 4 guild members (Aretta, Linda, Micha, and myself) have agreed to participate. I don’t know why we are having such a hard time getting the rest of the guild involved.


I thought of holding the Slam at a much smaller venue, Sidewinder Coffee shop in my neighborhood of Northside. The room can hold 20-30 people, has a small stage, and we would not have to pay to use it. The coffee shop gets money from it’s food & drink sales, the guild can ask a small donation or pass the hat. I mentioned this to Micha, and she likes the idea. Now to sell it to the rest of the gang.