- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1956/01/01
- Latest 1966/12/31
- Materials Plastic, Mammal wool, Synthetic fibre, Latex, Canvas
- Measurements Height 28.0 cm, Length 94.0 cm, Width 61.0 cm, Depth 27.5 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Puppets on the Small Screen
- Additional Information For puppetry, television provided a new setting and a new way of reaching an audience. Today, first contact with puppets is often through children's television programmes. Entertaining programmes often include an educational component. A friendly, engaging character might help us learn to spell, or might make us laugh while, at the same time, prompting us to think about something serious. Excerpt from exhibition text: Strings, Springs and Finger Things: A New Puppet Collection at the Museum, May 1996 to August 1998
- Caption Character from a television production
- Additional Information Razzle Dazzle, CBC-TV, 1961-1966, Howard the Turtle Presents, 1977-1978
- 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 Mouth Puppet
(Alternate name: Moving Mouth Puppet)
A type of hand puppet in which the mouth is articulated. It is usually made of flexible materials, allowing the thumb to be inserted into the lower jaw while the remaining fingers control the upper jaw. The puppet's jaws can thus be opened and closed, simulating speech.
Definition inspired by the Kenneth B. McKay book, Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant, published by the Ontario Puppetry Association. Copyright 1980
Mouth and Rod Puppet
Mouth puppet in which the arms are controlled with rods. Manipulation can either be undertaken by a single puppeteer who controls the mouth with one hand and the two rods with the other, or by two puppeteers, allowing a greater range of arm movement.
Mouth and Human-Arm Puppet
The term "human arm" is used when one of the hands of the puppeteer become a hand - and thus an integral part - of the puppet. The puppeteer controls the head - or the mouth, in the case of a mouth puppet - with one of his or her hands, while the other hand becomes the hand of the puppet itself. Sometimes, two puppeteers share animation of the puppet, thus giving the puppet two "human" hands. When the puppet is a marotte, the French term marotte à main prenante is preferred.