Interestingly, on the road to that dream, I’ve been granted a new opportunity about which I am very excited, and that is the chance to work with puppets. And these are no ordinary puppets – these are full blown animatronic characters whose rigs weigh a ton (figure of speech, the heaviest is 175lbs but that’s still pretty darn heavy) and whose control units are so complex that you would need a pilot’s license in order to work one well.
Fortunately, I need know nothing about the complexities of the machines themselves, as I am merely there to provide the voice. The characters are part of a live show performed by magician and entertainer Rob Gaffney. The puppets are an integral part of Rob’s show and all of their movements and speech are pre recorded, so that the whole show can be controlled from a laptop. Should the show be interrupted for any reason – and if you’re a parent of young children, then you know that they will, then the performer can pause things using a discreet remote control unit which is either in his hand or in his shoe. Rob’s a magician, so misdirection is not a problem for him, but then again, the audience are looking at the puppet – not the performer’s feet!
So far I am providing the voice of three characters for Rob. There’s Mayhem the Monster:
There’s Hugo the Pelican:
and a talking story book called Page Turner:
I’m really excited about bringing these characters to life, although to be honest, the animatronics do an incredible job of doing that without me. More importantly, I can’t wait to actually see the show. Whilst the voices are pre recorded, I have told Rob that I would be more than happy to perform live, but of course with such complexity behind the movements and syncing up to the voice, right now being pre recorded seems to make the most sense.
Stay tuned, as I will video the first live show and will post it here. Until then, have a fantastic day.