Puppets on CET Cincinnati PBS TV!

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Wump Mucket Puppets are very proud to be a part of the 2017 season premiere of The Art Show on CET Public Television  Cincinnati’s PBS TV station.  Here is the entire program, we are the first segment.  Thanks to producer Don Hancock and his entire production team for producing such a wonderful program that feature artists.  Please help support your local PBS station if you are able.

The entire production process was nothing short of fantastic, everyone involved are among the best in their fields.  I also wish to thank the staff of The Taft Museum for all of their help while the television crew shot my performance for use in the program.

Thanks for watching everyone.

A Show of Hands trailer

A Show of Hands Terrence Burke Wump Mucket Puppets

A Show of Hands trailer

I am very please to share with my family, friends, and fans the trailer to promote the short film A Show of Hands, directed by Wright State University film student Sean W. Mangan.  The portrait documentary looks into a dark time in my life, and how I found happiness through puppetry.

Please join us for the Cincinnati premier screening on Tuesday, June 7 2016, at 6:30 pm at the Public Library of Cincinnati’s Northside Branch, located at 4219 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223
A question and answer session with the filmmaker and puppeteer, along with a few very special puppet guests, will follow the film screening.  Admission is free and open to the general public.  Please RSVP on our Facebook event’s page:  CLICK HERE

The film will be available for on-line viewing after the screening.

More Wump Mucket Puppets news…

I will be promoting the film all over the media in the next week!  Here’s the schedule:

Friday June 3 WCPO TV 9 – Live TV guest segment on WCPO News  between 12:30 – 1 PM. 

Sunday June 5 WVXU 91.7 FM – Interview on Around Cincinnati 7- 8 PM

Wednesday June 8 WXIX FOX 19 – Live TV guest segment on Morning Xtra 10 AM

There will also be an article appearing in both the print and on-line editions of The Cincinnati Enquirer very soon.

Keep in mind that the live TV segment times are all estimated air-times.  Please give our Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page a LIKE, for updates. photos, and performance dates.

Thank you for your interest in my work.  I hope that you will enjoy the film that Sean has made.

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!

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.

Happy Birthday Burr Tillstrom

Happy Birthday Burr Tillstrom

Today would have been puppeteer Burr Tillstrom‘s 97th birthday.

His show Kukla Fran and Ollie was one of the first puppet television shows that I remember seeing as a boy.  I guess it made quite an impression as I am still a fan to this very day.

To celebrate Burr’s birthday my wife Lara and I created this little video

Thanks Burr!  You made lots of people happy.

Lights! Camera! Puppets!

Lights! Camera! Puppets!

Wump Mucket Puppets Cyril the Sea Serpent and Terrence Burke

Cyril the Sea Serpent with Terrence Burke.

Early tomorrow morning a new chapter in my adventures in puppetry begins.

The entire cast of Wump Mucket Puppets have been hired by the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Public Services to be the “spokes puppets” for the city’s new trash collection rules.

There are a total of five PSAs (public service announcements) being shot over two days in six locations around our great city.  Our co-stars include members of the Department of Public Services, Cincinnati broadcasting veteran Clyde Gray (former WCPO-TV anchor/CGA Public Relations Strategies), and Mayor John Cranely!

When the production is completed, the PSAs will be provided to broadcast television stations, websites, and social media to help inform the public of the changes in trash and recycling collection in Cincinnati.

We are thrilled to be a part of this production, and hope to be able to share a few photos from the shoot on our official Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page.

One final thought,  I seem to recall a few other puppeteers who’s careers got a big boost by appearing in commercials back in the 1950s and 1960s.  Can anyone remember who they were?

Now I can honestly say, “I love trash!”

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10 3-10-14

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10 3-10-14

Wump Mucket Puppets - Happy St. Paddy's Day

It was a chilly St. Patrick’s Day in Cincinnati. My children and I spent some of the day at one of our fantastic parks, and even took in a hike.
Here’s this week’s video, I am rather proud of it:

Thanks for watching everyone. If you have a silly little joke to share with Coleman and his special guests, please leave it in the comments below.

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10 3-10-14

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday #10  3-10-14

Wowie Zowie!  We are now in double digits as we present our TENTH little video in our year long quest to make Monday a FUNday!  Here’s today’s video:

Thanks again to the always helpful and enthusiastic Eleanor for playing along with Coleman.

Do you have a silly joke that you would like Coleman to share with our pals?  Please send it to us and we’ll be sure that he sees it.  Thanks for watching!

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday # 9

Wump Mucket Puppets FUNday Monday # 9    3-3-14

No snowstorm can stop Coleman the Sasquatch and his pal Eleanor from trying to tell a silly joke…

My daughter is such a good sport by helping me make these little videos with Coleman. Yeah Eleanor!

Terrence and Eleanor Burke of Wump Mucket Puppets.

Terrence and Eleanor Burke of Wump Mucket Puppets.

If you have a silly joke to share, please send it to us. We’d love to hear from you. Thanks for watching!

FUNday Monday # 8 2-24-14

FUNday Monday # 8 2-24-14

My goodness!  Wump Mucket Puppets’ FUNday Monday is now two months old!  Thanks to all our pals for watching Coleman and his super special guests every Monday.  Who’s that guy wearing the silly orange hat with Coleman in today’s video?

We are very happy to share some silliness with you, so won’t you share a joke, riddle, or silly poem with Coleman?  Send it in so we can continue our quest to make every Monday in 2014 a FUNday!

Perhaps we should ask for jokes or riddles of a particular theme or idea?  Sound good?  GREAT!  Let’s see who’s wearing their thinking cap (or reading this silliness) by asking our pals to send us a riddle or joke about one of Coleman’s favorite things…  SNACKS!  Please remember to keep your silly joke submission family friendly, we have many young pals.

Thanks for watching everyone.  We’ll see you in March, Puppets ROCK!

Wump Mucket Puppets - Coleman the Sasquatch

Wump Mucket Puppets – Coleman the Sasquatch