I am a magician and I am somewhat new to vent, I've had the Magic Drawring Board for a while and I decided that I get a real puppet. I've narrowed it down to a few and would like your help deciding. Please keep in mind that I have a budget of $200.
I do understand that the majority of these puppets are the same mold but painted and done differently. Which one do kids like the most. Would they know what a Meerkat or a possum is? And finally I am only 15 so I have small hands so if I were to purchase the weasel, Lemur, or Meerkat would a reccamend using my hand or the stick.
Hi Jack Welcome to the world of ventriloquism or 'vent' as many ventriloquists shortened it to including myself..I am sure you will find a world of fun with your new found love. If you are looking to entertain, or not, with one of those animals I would do some research read up on them, see which one fits your personality more, don't just buy it because its cute, buy it because its something that works for you, as for having small hands Steve Axtell has a foam fitter for your hand, that you place inside the mouth section of the head to keep your hand from sliding and it fits better, it also gives your puppet friend longer life. Good luck with what ever you decide to do and remember you always have friends here that will be glad to assist.
December 31 2010, 11:41 AM
I believe the headstick is an option that would put you over your budget. If your hand is small you may not need it.
I started off by letting my "audience" choose the next puppet. I brought in photos of 3 or 4 puppets (just right click and hit print) and asked the age I wanted to perform for which puppet they liked best. It worked great for me! (They chose the bear, by the way, which is still an audience favorite in my shows.)
January 1 2011, 12:42 PM
Congrats on your new journey. My first Axtell puppet was the Possum. It is a great 1st puppet to use.
However, my favorite puppet is the Meerkat with the headstick control.
I would not invest in the Meerkat, Weasel without spending the extra $90 for the headstick control.
It really makes the puppet come "alive" and you can then make him do all sorts of crazy actions and dances and head bobs.
Axtell is a great choice for a first puppet. If you want to stay under $200 pick the possum. He is affordable and very funny!
January 1 2011, 3:00 PM
Any of the bird puppets along with a Bird Arm Illusion should be at or under $200 (depending on the birdie). Walk anywhere on stage - no stand needed - lots of flexibility and unlimited potential for fun routines.
January 8 2011, 3:29 PM
Thanks everyone for your great responses! Looks like I'm going to pick between the Raccoon, Possum, or Bird + Bird Arm Illusion. THoughts?
Create the Character Before You Buy the Puppet
January 8 2011, 6:10 PM
I'm 15 and I've been doing vent for four years. I honestly don't own any Axtell puppets, but I really think the Possum is an extremely cute character. The best thing to do when trying to buy a puppet is create a character in your mind then find the puppet that you feel matches the character. I learned that the hard way. I asked for a George W. Bush replica figure for my birthday a couple of years ago without even thinking about what type of character I was going to create for him. I've only used him at least 3 or 4 times since I got him. The good thing is Axtell has a lot of options so whatever character you come up with Axtell is sure to have to the puppet that matches your character. Best wishes on your new VENTure! LOL!
January 12 2011, 11:23 AM
Looks I'm going to grab the Raccoon and use him with my Green Machine! Hopefully in the next month or two I will pick up a bird and bird arm illusion.
January 12 2011, 6:26 PM
I didn't want to influence your decision so I kept pretty quiet, which is uncommon for me. But I would have recommended the raccoon. Great choice! The thing I like about it is that with the "bandit" eyes he can be a bad guy or a masked hero, he can be a bad guy learning to be good. And with his healthy habits of always washing his hands he can teach good hygiene as well. He has a lot of potential!
In fact you could try to reward him with a carrot and he could ask if you had washed it first. Then go into a routine.
January 13 2011, 6:33 AM
I did not even think of those things! I am glad I picked the raccoon!