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Unread 02-01-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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Puppeteering/Mechanics - The Labyrinth

Hidey-ho. I'm looking for help with mechanics and puppeteering for a cosplay of the old wise man from The Labyrinth. I want to make his hat a moveable, mechanical puppet that I can control with some sort of controller or a simple lever and string mechanism.

The idea is to make the Wise Man hollow-ish using a wire frame support so that on the inside I have room to move my arms (one of this arms would be a stationary fake arm, obvs.) and could easily control the hat like that. I'd also like to have the mechanics for the face, but if I can't I'll just make a foam latex mask and be the head. Otherwise, I'd have tearduct/wrinkle vision under his eyes or through his mouth and be controlling the blinking eyes, the eyebrows, and the mouth. I'm not sure if I want that much wiring and mechanics going on through.

I'm wondering if anyone has an experience in making something like this and could give me tips, thanks.

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The clip that shows the Wise Man and his hat:
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