Maccus The Jester, Harlequin, Dancing Bear Hand Puppets
27.MACCUS THE JESTER HAND PUPPET
Here is a simple animated head named after the Roman god Maccus, ancestor of the most famous puppet of all, Mr. Punch, (No. 38). Cut the two pieces from stiff cardboard and paint them white on one side. Hinge the jaw as shown with a brass paper holder, loose rivet or small nut and bolt. Attach the control wire to the back end of the jaw, using wire that is stiff enough to give good control. Attach a stick to the head, making sure it does not interfere with the jaw movement. Now paint the features. Maccus can cackle, jabber and sing. There's only one trouble: he can face in only one direction!
28.HARLEQUIN HAND PUPPET
Here is the father of all clowns and another ancestor of Mr. Punch. He is assembled just as Maccus was: all five parts of stiff cardboard or thin wood; hinges loose enough to allow free movement; stick placed so as not to interfere with movement; control wire stiff for good control. (Coat-hanger wire is a little heavy, but stiff enough.) Harlequin dances mostly, although he can flag down trains very handily.
29.DANCING BEAR HAND PUPPET
Rod puppets are discussed amongst other Special Puppets, but you can make this dancing bear and his ball as easily as you have made Harlequin. In this case there is no holding stick; the control wires hold him upright, so they must be good and stiff. Note also that this time the legs are hinged on the side of the body toward the audience. The bear can waltz, chase his ball, balance on it, or balance it on his nose. One puppeteer can operate the bear, the other the ball; or, with practice, you can operate both yourself.