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Hand Puppets by Raven Kaliana: Hand puppets ©2013, 2008, 2016, 2014 by Raven Kaliana.  Photo credit: David Bull ©2013Hand puppets ©2013, 2008, 2016, 2014 by Raven Kaliana. Photo credit: David Bull ©2013

Hand Puppets

Hand puppets generally require only one puppeteer and are used in many children's television shows and commercials. Hand puppets can pick up and carry props (i.e., Punch & Judy), so they can be quite interactive and comical. The direct contact of the puppeteer with the puppet makes them seem quite alive and compelling, despite their simple design. Most live hand puppet productions use a puppet stage to hide the puppeteers.  They can also  be operated in full view of the audience, if the puppet is carried over the arm of the puppeteer to hide the 'cuff.' Inside a puppet booth, tne puppeteer can work two hand puppets at the same time, so they can work well for one-person shows and touring productions.