If you were to look beneath the puppet, you would see how things really work. So, here it is: an x-ray look at a hand puppet.
When manipulating a hand puppet (or glove puppet, as our UK friends like to call them!), a puppeteer uses some sort of fingering technique. I've illustrated the most common ones below for today's post: a simple "Nerf" ball with an opening for fingers.
|Head on the index finger. Thumb and middle finger make up the hands. A pretty common style to use. Biggest drawback is that you can't really pivot the head, you have to pivot the whole body.|
|This one is uncomfortable for me, but it works for others. Index finger holds the head; thumb and pinkie finger make up the hands.|
|I've never used this technique before -- but you can get a great reach for the hands on the thumb and pinkie without having to stretch too much. Downside is the thick neck.|
|My personal choice for most hand puppets. You can control the head nicely with the two fingers; the thumb is one hand, and the ring and pinkie finger make up the other.|
|I find this style a bit uncomfortable -- but what works for one person, might not be best for another.|