A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man


(groovy electronica music) – Your hands are really dextrous things, we use them everyday
for all sorts of tasks. To make the best use
we possibly can of that is to build a puppet around the hands, so knuckles become knees, or elbows. So, by the end of the
day, it’s all the illusion of movement. My name’s Barnaby Dixion, I’m a puppeteer. That alright? I’m 26 years old, and I
started making puppets, two years ago. This is Dabchick. This is the first puppet I ever made. This is Manu. And it takes two hands
to operate this puppet. And this is the dinosaur, I think this is the most expressive puppet that I have. I make them in my room, really. Each of these puppets represents
maybe two months work, and it’s a process
that’s driven completely by trial and error. The materials to make these puppets, I usually can just get them online, raw bits of metal or plumbers’ apoxy, just things like that, really. Hey, Barnaby Dixon here. I made the puppets
originally with the purpose to create video content on youTube. Check this out. Most weeks I’ll take
Dabchick out for an outing where I’ll film it. Ah, the great British seaside. Soft, wet sand, oh joy of joys! I always do try and make them funny. The proud fury of the waves,
thundering to their port. I do get self-conscious
about having the puppets out and about. Some people just think I’m
an adult playing with a toy. People kind of don’t
know what to think of it. (speaking foreign language) So, recently, I was on
a German talent show, that was about puppets, it was called Die Puppenstars. And I ended up winning this. It was very validating, and so I think, yeah, a lot
of people would think it is quite a weird
thing for a 26-year-old to be in his bedroom, making puppets, but it’s working out for me, so, hah! (laughing) (ambient tone)

100 thoughts on “A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man

  1. idc what anyone says its just great to see someone like him follow what he likes and not stopping cause of what others think, hes a good example for younger kids even though i would still say finish a college or university degree so that if it does not work out you have a backup

  2. i like the raptor puppet and chicken puppet cause the chicken is the only closest animal related to dinos and also i like dinosaurs thats why i have lego jurassic world

  3. It's not wierd when Jim Henson inspired a generation and more with the puppets he designed and created, do what brings you joy because you help bring joy to so many others.

  4. I wish you all the best. I hope they use more puppet in movie theatres and perphaps in live drama theatres ans other media

  5. These are really cool, and unique from any other puppets I've ever seen.
    I emvy anyone who makes a living doing what they love.

    Still trying to get there myself.

  6. I've been following Barnaby since I saw his Glow Bug a couple years ago. The video with the Bug dancing and making music on a drum board, I would recommend watching if you haven't already

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