- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1945/01/01
- Latest 1954/12/31
- Materials Latex, Wood, Metal, Bird feather, Nylon, Textile, Mammal leather
- Measurements Height 51.0 cm, Width 22.0 cm, Depth 9.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a television production
- Additional Information Maggie Muggins, CBC-TV, 1954-56
- Caption John and Linda Keogh
John Keogh and his wife Linda (née Aliman) trained with his parents,
Violet and David Keogh, and with Muriel Heddle in the 1930s. Both John and Linda had studied ballet, and Linda was a dancer with the Volkoff Ballet. Following the Second World War, they established The Canadian Puppet Theatre (1945-1968). They performed in department stores and at trade shows, and spent eight years with CBC Television on shows such as Maggie Muggins and Razzle Dazzle. In 1961, they opened a "permanent" summer puppet theatre on Toronto Island but continuing problems with vandalism forced them to give it up. Over the years, the Keoghs travelled extensively across Canada with their Shell Show. Their final public appearance was at Expo 67, and they retired from puppetry the following year.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Marionette
(Alternate name: String Puppet)
This category of puppet is controlled from above using strings. Marionettes are usually fully articulated, with strings linking the different parts of the body - head, torso, arms, legs - to a hand-held "control". Several different types of controls exist, with various degrees of complexity (vertical, horizontal, angled). Marionettes can be made of a wide range of materials: wood, paper, fabric, foam rubber, etc.
Marionette combining two characters - sometimes more - which are usually placed side by side and attached to the same control. This type of puppet is most often used when similar characters must make identical movements; e.g., a corps de ballet.
A marionette constructed and strung in a way that allows it to perform precise and intricate activities (e.g., juggling, performing complex manoeuvres on a trapeze), or to transform (e.g., when one character changes into another). In the latter case, it should be noted that the term "transformation marionette" can also be used.