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Types of puppets

The main types of puppets are:

  • Finger Puppet

  • Pop-up Puppet

  • Paddle Puppet

  • Jumping Jack

  • Hand Puppet

  • Rod Puppet and Bunraku

  • Shadow Puppet

  • Hand and Rod Puppet

  • Hand and Glove Puppet

  • Marionette (String Puppet)

  • Ventriloquist Figure

  • Junk Puppet (Found Object)

  • Humanette

  • Cable-controlled puppet

  • Radio-controlled puppet

  • Animatronic

  • Body Suits/Walkabouts

  • Pneumatic (air-controlled) puppet

  • Hydraulic puppet

  • Stop-action Puppet

  • Computer-generated Puppet

  • Waldo-input Computer Puppet

  • Motion Capture Puppet/Digital Monkey