The Maestro, The Worms, Hush Columbo Hand Puppets
89.THE MAESTRO HAND PUPPET
His head is a large ball of styro-foam with ping pong ball eyes inserted, a cardboard nose glued in place and a crepe hair wig flowing wildly. The body is a large, loosely draped cloth, hiding the operator, who holds the head aloft with one hand and directs the orchestra with the other.
They are fun to operate and very effective, especially when the second hand is actually used as a hand, usually clad in a white dress or garden glove. One problem which arises is, "Where is the puppet's other hand?" The question can be avoided by draping heavily to suggest that the second hand is concealed in the folds of a dress or cape, as with the Maestro, or by adding a scarf on one side, as in the case of Hush Columbo.
90, 91.THE WORMS HAND PUPPET
They are made from two green or rose-colored socks. They argue endlessly over whether or not they are the two ends of the same worm and if so, as to which of them is the nether end!
92.HUSH COLUMBO HAND PUPPET
His head is of cast papier-mache with ping-pong eyeballs, movable if you wish. His shell is cast papier-mach6. Masking must be draped loosely down between the narrow space between the puppet and the operator, who is directly behind the puppet.