Marionettes a’ la planchette, or jig puppets in English, have beena European street entertainment for centuries. No one knows their origins as they seemed to be all over the continent and most likelymade it to the shores of America as well. A fully articulated marionette, it has a single string through the chest that attaches tothe performers knee while the other end loops onto an upright.he puppet then dances on a wooden board while the musician plays.The string does tend to eventually break so in the 19th century it wasreplaced with a wooden stick (known as limberjacks) but this lost the ability to play an instrument at the same time. They can still be foundon the streets of European cities today. Robert performs with them athistoric sites and Irish/Celtic festivals using a variety of characters andinstruments.
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