Now, take a look at some of these sites: I’ve always used www.puppetsinc.com (They used to be called puppetproductions). The ‘innovas’ are the big sized ones (45cm or 18") that we always used for our puppet stories and are a great size for up-front work with puppets. ($160) But they also have some great animal ones. From a professional perspective, these also come with details that many overlook- eg handgrip inside the mouth for comfort, extension rod or glove and more…
Consider, too, the Axtell ones.. http://www.axtell.com They use a certain amount of latex with most of their puppets’ faces which looks good, but are a little stiffer to work with. But their bird puppets are tremendous! If you buy the pre-recorded skits to go with the birds (you just have to practice when to come in and say your part so that it looks as if you’re interacting with the bird) it is very effective!
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