Circus Freak Puppeteer

Every now and then someone builds a prop that you look at and immediately wish you had the talent to pull off the same build.  That’s exactly how I felt when I saw TwistedUK’s Circus Freak Puppeteer tutorial.  It’s not that the frame and motors are overly intricate, but the clay work that went into the crafting of both clowns (and shoes) is what really tells me I’ve no chance of building something nearly as nice as his.  Of course, if you can find some premade items that would work you could always eliminate the clay, but you might not get as good looking of a finished product.  I’m filing this under Motorized Props, but I really feel like there should be a Prop Showcase category because this one definitely deserves more than just a cursory glance.



Items needed to complete this include:

  • Child Mannequin
  • Hair dressing practice head
  • Wiper motor
  • Large piece of chip board 1’thick
  • One pack of DAS clay
  • 3/4′ plastic tubing
  • Sea fishing line
  • 3 blue LEDs
  • 1 1/2′ length of wood
  • 1 sheet of plywood
  • More patience than I possess