“A Show of Hands” documentary news

“A Show of Hands” documentary news

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For those pals who do not follow our adventures on Facebook (please LIKE us) I will recap what’s been happening with the documentary film that has been made about me:

In late September of 2015 I was contacted by Wright State University film student Sean W. Mangan.  He was interested in making a short film about me, my puppetry, and how it all came to be.  We chatted on the phone, exchanged a few emails, and eventually set-up a schedule to shoot the film.  Over the course of five days in October, Sean interviewed me at home,  shot some footage of my family, and a couple of my puppet shows performed in Kentucky and Indiana.

During the holiday season Sean edited all of his footage into a 10 minute documentary short and gave it the title “A Show of Hands”.  Then it was ready to watch!  On February 12, 2016 I attended the screening at Wright State University’s 16th Annual Doc Night with students, faculty, alumni, and families of the filmmakers.  I am very pleased to say that Sean has captured my story on film in a very honest and heartfelt manner, and believe that others will enjoy it too.

What’s next?  We are trying to juggle our busy schedules and present the film to the public with a screening at the Northside library, where my professional puppetry career began, followed by a Q & A session with Sean and myself, perhaps a puppet or two.  I thank everyone for their interest and patience as we work towards a Cincinnati premier date.  For my out of town family and friends, the film will eventually be available to view online.

Thanks again for all your interest, support, and love over the years.  I think you too will enjoy “A Show of Hands”.  Puppets ROCK!

Wump Mucket Puppets on the radio

Wump Mucket Puppets on the radio!

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We are hitting the Cincinnati airwaves as guests on 91.7 WVXU‘s “Around Cincinnati” program on Sunday, November 8, 2015 between 7 – 8 PM.  This will be G’Wizzl’s radio debut so be sure to tune in and hear Terrence Burke and G’Wizzl chat about all things Wump Mucket!  Listen online at www.WVXU.org

In other Wump Mucket Puppet news…

Film Documentary Update:

The film documentary directed by Sean Mangan is coming along nicely.  I have seen a few bits, and it looks fantastic!  Sean has been editing the footage that he has been shooting over the last month or so to complete a 15-20 minute film.  It’s very exciting to be the subject of a documentary, and I look forward to seeing the finished film.   Sean has been fantastic to work with!  We are hoping to have a screening for our Cincinnati friends, and will be sure to let you know when and where as soon as we can.

New Puppet Star and skit:

A new puppet star is on the way!  My wife (and chief puppet builder) Lara Rumizen has come up with a fantastic design for what we are sure will be a popular new addition to our growing cast of puppets.  Can you guess what sort of fantastic new creature it will be?  Here’s a few clues…  This creature may have been “found” out West or on the prairie.  A statue of this legendary creature was built in Wyoming.  It has even found it’s way onto very popular postcards.   Can you guess what it will be?  Be sure to join the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page as we begin to post photos of this new character!

Our “Frozen Follies” Holiday/Winter show is preparing to roll out to several schools and libraries this Winter.  Be sure to come and see our brand new skit “The Great Marshmallow Harvest”  that stars Coleman the Sasquatch and our new puppet star! Dates and times for performances open to the general public can be found on our website’s SHOWS page.

As always, thanks for your interest in my puppetry.  I hope that you can come and see our show this Winter.  Puppets ROCK!

Documentary Day One

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Documentary Day One

I know that it’s been MONTHS since I updated this little blog.  I shall try harder to keep our friends and fans up to date on the wonderful and wacky world of Wump Mucket Puppets.  I bet  you are wondering what’s all this documentary talk?  Well I hope you are.  Let me explain…

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Wright State University film student Sean Mangan.  He asked if I would be interested in being the subject of a portrait documentary that he was directing for his film making class.  His film’s purpose is to explore a human being’s story and find a way to make it relatable to an audience.  I called him soon after I read the email and arranged a meeting at Wump Mucket HQ (our living room).

Our first meeting went very well.  As it turns out, Sean was referred to me by another puppeteer and friend.  We talked about the time commitment and began to work out a shooting schedule.  During the following week, I emailed several of my clients to obtain permission to allow a film crew to follow me around at their event.  The replies were all very positive, and the clients expressed their support and interest in this film.  Yahoo!

Finally it was time for our first day of shooting.  On October 9th we shot my interview for the film.  Sean and his crew member Eric Dickey arrived with a LOAD of film equipment.  It was cool to see our living room gradually turn into a mini film studio, as Sean and Eric set up all the lights required to get the right look for the film.

I made certain that I had a cup of tea, and a bottle of water on hand, for what turned out to be what I feel was a great interview.  Sean’s questions were very thoughtful.  His film is allowing me to tell my story as a performing puppeteer and explain what life events and challenges I have encountered during this adventure in puppetry.

I invite you to follow Wump Mucket Puppets on Facebook.  I have posted a few photos on that page, and will be adding more as this production continues next week with a camera following me behind the scenes at my puppet show.  Puppets ROCK!

Notes from the Road June 2015 – Chapter 2

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Notes from the Road June 2015 – Chapter 2

Summertime is puppet time!  Here are a collection of thoughts, observations, and special moments in my adventures over the Summer of 2015 as a touring puppeteer.  Here are my notes from the road for June 2015 – Chapter 2…

June 5, 2015 Friday

No shows – Workshop day
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I finally have a workbench to build props, puppets, and more!  Yippee!!!  Over the past 14 years we have used our kitchen and dining room tables as our workspace.  Messier projects, such as paper maché or painting, were done in our backyard or front porch.  It was a bother to lug things in and about our house. 

The workbench proved to be a small pain in the back, after a few hours of “assembly fun”, I needed to leave it alone.  I took Eleanor’s wise suggestion to call it a night to finish it in the morning with a fresh pot of coffee.

Now that we have a place to store our ever growing collection of tools, I know that we can build props and puppets much faster.  Tiernan is very excited about the new workspace too!  He wants to help me build a robot puppet, which Eleanor suggested years ago.  I would like to use L.E.D.s for the robot’s “mouth”, which will be triggered by the puppeteer when it speaks via a pistol grip.  I am sure this was inspire by the robot from the “Lost in Space” TV show that I watched as a boy.  Can you believe that I was afraid of the monsters on that show?!  “Danger! Will Robinson! Danger!”  Here are a few YouTube video clips of B-9 the Robot to enjoy.

Lara suggested that we also make space for a paper maché and painting area near the workbench to keep the messy art in the basement.  This is a GREAT idea!


June 7, 2015 Sunday

No shows – Um Um song idea

The phone interview that I gave to the Chillicothe Gazette on Friday ran today.  It’s great to have media attention to help promote our puppet shows.  Here is a link to the interview:  Chillicothe Gazette interview with Terrence Burke

While helping my children brush their teeth before bedtime, I came up with a jingle idea for a silly “product” that the puppets could pitch in the show:  “Um Um Gum Gum!  It’s Yum Yum for your Tongue Tongue!”  Now I only have to remember the melody.


June 9, 2015 Tuesday

Performed at Campbell County Public Library Newport KY

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Our first library show of the Summer was a HUGE hit!!!  Around 67 children attended, with about 30-40 adults filled the Newport library’s meeting room.  Our host, librarian Miss Joanie was very friendly and really into puppets!  She even wore dinosaur slippers!

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Eleanor helped out today, and as usual, got BIG laughs from the kids while performing the Little Rock with Unka Unka the caveman.

G’Wizzl is quickly becoming the star of our Summer shows.  Unka is “finding” his pirate voice, so his puppeteer (me) doesn’t lose his voice -ARGH!

The new props, pirate asteroid rocket ship and potatoes, are holding up well.  We need another truck to carry them around in as they are carted all over the place.

Wump Mucket Puppets at Campbell County Public Library Newport KY Notes from the Road June 2015

Today’s post-show meet & greet was FAB!  We took lots of photos with our new fans, gave our a few buttons, and many coloring pages.  The little girls LOVE G’Wizzl, and wanted to hug her.  I am very pleased with this puppet.  Lara did am amazing job building her from my doodles.  We make quite a team.

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Our time in Newport ended with meeting a boy named Jack and his father.  When I asked him what his favorite part of the show was, he replied, “Well, the whole show was AWESOME!”  Jack went home with a Wump Mucket Puppets’ fan club button and a few stickers that he said he will put on his “big boy bike”.  Jack knows that Wump Mucket Puppets ROCK!

Notes from the Road June 2015

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Summertime is puppet time!  Here are a collection of thoughts, observations, and special moments in my adventures over the Summer of 2015 as a touring puppeteer.  Here are my notes from the road for June 2015.


June 1, 2015 Monday 

Performed at Ronald McDonald House Cincinnati

Today I performed with my daughter Eleanor at the Ronald McDonald House.   I have been donating performances there four years now.  Every show brings joy to children and families that need laughter and silliness in their lives.
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We had six to seven families in the theatre and we used the house lights to brighten up our stage, it looks great!  Eleanor had never seen the stage with lights on the scrim.

Our Unka and Little Rock bit get’s big laughs as usual, and we can see families gathered on the second floor balcony watching our show.  The puppets love a big audience!

G’Wizzl makes her first public appearance at the end of the show, and is brought on stage by Eleanor.  The young girls in the audience are very interested in our new girl alien character.  This is very special, since it was Eleanor who had suggested that we create her.  While Eleanor is not ready to perform a speaking character just yet, she continues to show interest.
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I accidentally bump my left thumb, which was crunched at a show on May 15th.  OUCH!

Our post-show meet & greet is a magical time.  We took a few photos with the families who enjoyed the show, passed out coloring pages, and chatted with the children.  Cyril and Coleman met with a little girl named Molly and sing “Please and Thank You” for her.  They then joined her in singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
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Magic happened on this night.


June 4, 2015 Thursday

Performed at Little Red School House Greendale, IN
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This was our second performance at this school this year!  I love happy clients!  We always have an excellent audience in Greendale, Indiana.

While loading in, two little girls were peeking out of a classroom and said, “Hi puppets!”.  Today was the intergalactic premiere of our newest skit “Super Space Princess and the Pirates from Zwonk”!

Coleman can ramble (or is that his puppeteer?) and went on about crazy picnic food.  This got sillier when he almost got Cyril with suggesting that he bring potato chips with his picnic lunch.  Cy was expecting a crazy Sasquatch recipe, it got laughs along with a silly joke about ants.  My son Tiernan provided a knock-knock joke about candy, which also brought laughter from the children.
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The segment changes were a little bumpy and need to flow more.  This will happen as the show rolls along.

The Super Space Princess skit goes well, and the audience really likes G’Wizzl.  We have a new star in the cast!  Out first girl puppet!!!

The meet and greet is great!  The children, ages 4-8, are very interested in my puppets and ask great questions about design, voice characterization, and puppet construction.  About ten kids hang around to look backstage, see the props, puppets, etc.  One little girl asks where my daughter is?  I guess she’s seen us perform together elsewhere, since Eleanor has not performed at this school.

While packing the gear into my car, several children run up to the fence that encloses the playground and shout, “Bye puppet guy!”


To Be Continued…

What a week Wump Mucket Puppets

What a fantastic, puppet rockin’ week it has been!  Wump Mucket Puppets are becoming regular guests in Cincinnati media.  We love all the kind attention that we are getting.  Thank you to the producers, anchors, and editors that have helped me share this adventure in puppetry with their viewers, listeners, and readers.  You ROCK!

We return to WVXU
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Our media “blitz” this past week began with an email from WVXU 91.7 FM, Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate, to invite me to come to their Central Parkway studios and be interviewed to promote our May 9, 2015 performance at Northside’s Art in the Park.  Producer Lee Hay has been very kind to our little puppet troupe, making this our fifth appearance on Around Cincinnati.  Be sure to tune in Sunday April 26, from 7 – 8 pm or listen to their stream.  We had a great time chatting with host Anne Arenstein, plus Reg The Loveland Frog makes his radio singing debut!  Here are a few of Wump Mucket Puppets previous apperances on WVXU to enjoy.

Promoting Cincinnati puppetry on FOX19
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How do you follow up a radio interview?  How about a LIVE morning television segment!  As the president of the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild, I am very grateful to the folks at FOX19 to invite myself and our vice president Ryan Moore on as guests.  Anchor Frank Marzullo is fun to talk to.  WXIX has a long history with Cincinnati puppetry, as it was the TV station that our founding guild president Larry Smith helped sign on the air in 1968, and remained one of the top rated shows.  I look forward to future guests spots with Frank and his co-hosts at FOX19.
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Here’s our segment on FOX19 Morning Xtra to enjoy:

Day of Puppetry

As the week drew closer to the Day of Puppetry, my wife Lara and I found the time to get our growing cast of puppets together for a few photos that Cincinnati Magazine has requested for their June 2015 issue to promote Wump Mucket Puppets performance at the Taft Museum of Art on Sunday June 21, 2015.  You must pick up that issue to see our fantastic photo.

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The Day of Puppetry at Happen in Northside was a big hit with all the children and their families who attended.  Thanks to Happen Inc for being our host for three years in a row!  And thank you to puppeteers Ryan Moore and Richard Brown who performed along with me and share the joy of puppetry with our city.


Wump Mucket Puppets Celebrates Five Years

Wump Mucket Puppets Celebrates Five Years

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Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Wump Mucket Puppets as a performing puppet troupe. Yes, this silliness finally got it’s act together on the cold morning of March 18, 2010 to perform for a classroom full of cheerful preschool children.

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I remember that I worried about having at least ten minutes of material to perform in my show.  I also recall how much my arms and hands ached after holding up two puppets for ten whole minutes.  These days I am changing up six to seven puppets for a 30-40 minute show! 

Yet, I will never forget the laughter that came from the youngsters, they were giggling at the silly ideas that began to take shape back in 2001 and slowly grew into a puppet troupe.  It was my daughter Eleanor who said to her teacher “My Daddy is a puppeteer”, that gave me the final push needed to get my puppetry out of our house, and in front of an audience once and for all.

And what an audience you are!  In the past five years I have had the honor to hear thousands of children laugh, sing, clap, and talk to my puppet characters.  A  grandmother has told me that she felt like a little girl while watching my puppetry.  While performing at the Duke Energy Convention Center this past Thanksgiving, a gentleman in the audience shouted, “Man!  You ARE Larry Smith!”.  For those of you outside the Cincinnati area, Larry Smith is a legendary Cincinnati puppeteer who still has many fans who remember his puppetry fondly.  Being compared to him is quite a compliment. 

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While I may not have the chance to meet with everyone who comes to see my puppet shows, please know that your applause, laughter, artwork, and messages mean the world to me.  Thank you very much for being a part of my life for the last five years.  Puppets ROCK!



Wump Mucket Puppets first PSA is here!

Wump Mucket Puppets first PSA is here!

Recycling with Mayor Cranley from CitiCable on Vimeo.

The wait is over!  Wump Mucket Puppets first PSA is here!

The first of five public service announcements (PSA) that were produced by staff and students of Cincinnati State College for the City of Cincinnati Public Services department is ready for your viewing pleasure.
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It was a fantastic experience to work with the crew, and help Cincinnati’s Public Services department encourage the citizens of our city to recycle in a fun way.  Cyril got a chuckle of seeing himself in a video with Mayor John Cranley. 

Be sure to recycle no matter where you live to help keep our planet green and clean.

2015 is rockin’ already!

2015 is rockin’ already!

So much is happening at Wump Mucket Puppets HQ!  Our August New England tour is beginning to fill in, and our 2015 Tri-State (OH, KY, IN) shows are looking great too!
Plus we have several new tunes, skits, and puppets in the works!

Do you know about the TV pilot that Terrence Burke will be puppeteering in?  Oh boy!  It’s a television show that teaches yoga to children called “Stretch of the Imagination”.  More details as soon as we can share ’em.  It’s a very cool production, we promise!

How about a Puppets n’ Pizza Party? 

Wump Mucket Puppets are teaming up with The Kitchen Factory in Northside to perform our zany puppet show for children while they enjoy kid-size slices of yummy pizza.   Saturday February 28th, 2 – 3 PMChildren ages 3 to12 may enjoy pizza and a healthy drink while watching our puppet show for only $7.00. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult menu available.
Call Kitchen Factory at (513) 591-3333
if you have any questions.

RSVP on our Facebook Events Page

We promise to share more exciting Wump Mucket Puppets’ news soon. Thanks for your interest. Puppets ROCK!

2014 FAN-tastic Contest!

2014 FAN-tastic Contest!

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What a fantastic year 2014 has been for Wump Mucket Puppets!  We have performed for so many great people and made lots of new pals.

What better way to show our thanks to our fans than a FUN contest with really GREAT prizes!

Here’s all you have to do:

1.  LIKE our the official Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page <<<click here
If you already have, THANKS!

2. ASK your friends to LIKE the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook Page.  When they LIKE it they must leave a POST on the page’s wall that YOU sent them.
Example:  Hi this is Pete Puppet!  Marion Nette suggested that I should LIKE your page.

3. WIN!  We want to reach 1000 LIKES on our Facebook Page by December 31, 2014.  The more people you get to LIKE our page, the better chances YOU have of winning these GREAT PRIZES!

Our 2014 contest is open to anyone, yet we can ONLY ship prizes to postal addresses in the USA.  Cast and crew of Wump Mucket Puppets and small rodents are not eligible.

Tallies of NEW referred likes to our page will be kept weekly and posted on our Facebook page.  Winners will be notified on January 1, 2015.  Prizes will be shipped within two weeks of notification.

GRAND PRIZE  Palisades Muppets Clifford collectable figure!

Winner is our FAN  who got the largest amount of their friends to like our page. THANKS!
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SECOND PRIZE Rose Art Sesame Street 35th Anniversary Game

Second place winner got the second most amount of their friends to like our page.

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THIRD PRIZE     Leap Year Muppets 500 pc. Puzzle

Third place winner got the third most amount of their friends to like our page.
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Each of these FAN-tastic prizes are from Terrence Burke’s personal collection of fun stuff, and have NEVER BEEN OPENED!

Each winner will also receive a Wump Mucket Puppets Pack O’ Fun, which includes a postcard, a bumper sticker, and five badges with our cast smiling at you!
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So go out and get your friends to become our FANS and YOU CAN WIN!  Our fans know that PUPPETS ROCK!