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This article is about the person who controls a puppet. For puppet master, see Puppet Master. For other uses, see Puppeteer (disambiguation).
Puppeteer with hand puppets.
Leslie Fleming, seen here with her character Bleeckie, is among a generation of puppeteers to focus on the web as a primary distribution point for their work. The director of tourism and cultural services for Walker County, Texas has attributed the character's popularity to helping boost tourism numbers to the area.[1]

A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object, such as a puppet, in real time to create the illusion of life. The puppeteer may be visible to or hidden from the audience. A puppeteer can operate a puppet indirectly by the use of strings, rods, wires, electronics or directly by his or her own hands placed inside the puppet or holding it externally. Some puppet styles require puppeteers to work together as a team to create a single puppet character.

There are a wide range of styles of puppetry but whatever the style, the puppeteer's role is to manipulate the physical object in such a manner that the audience believes the object is imbued with life. In some instances the persona of the puppeteer is also an important feature.

The relationship between the puppeteer and the puppet-maker is often assumed to be similar to that between an actor and a playwright. This may be so, but one of the characteristics of puppetry is that very often the puppeteer assumes the joint roles of puppet-maker, director, designer, writer and performer. In this case a puppeteer is a more complete theatre practitioner than is the case within other theatre forms.

Puppetry is a live medium and this distinguishes it from animation in which animators make a puppet appear to move by using a stop motion film technique in which the puppet is moved tiny fractions between each frame.

List of notable professional puppeteers[edit]

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Famous people who worked in puppetry[edit]

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  1. ^ Brock, Tori (4 February 2012). "Tourism numbers up for Walker County". The Huntsville Item (Huntsville TX). Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Homepage of Simon Buckley, puppeteer". Simonbuckley.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Homepage of Ronnie Le Drew, puppeteer". Ronnieledrew.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  4. ^ http://ech.case.edu/cgi/article.pl?id=JHH
  5. ^ Barnes, Mike (2010-09-28). "Hollywood puppeteer Van Snowden dies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Egan, ed. (2011). John Waters: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers). University Press of Mississippi. p. 249. ISBN 978-1617031816. 

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