I imagine people might well wonder why a grown man like myself would want to play with puppets for a living. It is an understandable thing to be curious about.
The short answer is that it makes me feel good to be connected to something which carries with it a long history of tradition that has brought laughter, joy and catharsis to countless thousands of people over the span of centuries. The longer answer is that it does something amazing to my insides when I’m performing the show. It brings me to a place that nothing else can. ..not in quite the same way..
It’s like riding a runaway charging bison made up of part laughter and part eminent disaster! Also there is something strangely gratifying about attempting to control something that, by its definition, represents chaos and misrule.
I also enjoy designing landscapes and pruning roses and such, but i have been taking a break from that to make the Puppet business my mainstay. Soon i will likely return to designing on a small scale as the urge pulls me. But, i am quite sure i am “a lifer” with Mr. Punch and puppetry. I’ve been at it now for almost a quarter of a century, so there ain’t no sense in stopping now!
Beyond all that, i feel that i am carrying on a family tradition of presenting Living History. The show’s connection to the past and it’s continuing vibrancy as an art form up to today and on into the future, keeps me excited to help buoy it along to the best of my abilities in this the U.S of A! And of course, being blessed with enthusiastic and responsive crowds that cheer on the madness, make up half the formula for the success of the show. So thanks to you all!