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A sock puppet is a puppet made from a sock which is placed over the hand of a puppeteer. When a sock puppeteer fits their hand into the closed end of the sock, the sock puppet can be made to "talk" with the opening and closing of the hand. The puppet's mouth is formed by the region between the heel and the toe, with the thumb forming a jaw. At a minimum the shape of the hand will instantly form the shape of a mouth, but sometimes the mouth is padded by putting in a fairly hard piece of felt (often with a tongue glued inside). Sometimes the region between the toe and heel is cut open with scissors to form a mouth. Elmo, a popular puppet from Sesame Street. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A puppeteer is a person who manipulates an inanimate object—a puppet—to create the illusion of life. ...

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The sock is stretched out fully so that it is long enough to cover the puppeteer's wrist. Often, but not always, the puppeteer will hide behind a stand and raise up his or her hand above the stand so that only the puppet is visible. Many sock puppeteers, however, stand in full view along with their puppets and will hold conversations with their own sock puppets, using ventriloquism. Just creating some sockpuppets in order to post to Wikipedia :) This image has been (or is hereby) released into the public domain by its creator, Carlb. ... Just creating some sockpuppets in order to post to Wikipedia :) This image has been (or is hereby) released into the public domain by its creator, Carlb. ... Ventriloquism is an act of deception in which a person (ventriloquist) manipulates his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere. ...


Sock puppets can be made from socks or stockings of any colour. Worn-out socks may be used, although socks that are too tattered may fall apart during performance, but socks are usually bought brand-new from the store in order to make sock puppets. Various additions can be glued on in order to give your sock a personality. Streamers and felt strings are popularly glued on for hair. Googly eyes (obtained from craft or fabric stores) are glued on for the puppet's eyes. Ladies wearing stockings with suspenders A stocking is a close-fitting, variously elastic garment covering the foot and lower part of the leg, but usually not intended to conceal the leg. ... Two googly eyes Googly eyes are large, bulging or rolling eyes. ...


The process of making sock puppets is popularly taught as a creative activity in elementary schools. Many schools teach children to make sock puppets and then have the children put on shows or plays for the whole school with them, sometimes with all the sock puppets singing.


Uses

Wikipe-tan demonstrating a typical Sock puppet show
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Wikipe-tan demonstrating a typical Sock puppet show

Sock puppets have many uses. They can be used in often elaborate puppet shows or children's plays, much as marionettes would be used. Sock puppets can also appear, like other puppets, on television shows. They can be used alone on the puppeteer's hand to entertain children, without a complex stage or show. Two orange sock puppets named "Fu" and "Fara" are used in teaching German children how to read. People also make and display sock puppets for their own artistic value. Image File history File links Wikipe-tan_sockpuppet_show. ... Image File history File links Wikipe-tan_sockpuppet_show. ... Phillip Huber (L) and David Alexander of the Huber Marionettes perform with marionettes hand-made by Huber for scenes for the feature film Tillamook Treasure 2005 Marionette in Prague A marionette is a type of puppet moved by strings, as in a puppet show. ... Wiktionary has related dictionary definitions, such as: orange Orange has several meanings. ...


Perhaps the best known sock puppeteer was Shari Lewis and her well known puppets Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy. SeƱor Wences' act was also sock-puppet-like, except that he painted the character's face on his bare hand. Kermit the Frog was originally a mere sock puppet on Sam and Friends in 1955. Shari Lewis (born Sonia Hurwitz; January 17, 1933 - August 2, 1998) was a ventriloquist, puppeteer, and childrens television show host, most popular during the 1960s. ... Lamb Chops Play-Along was a childrens television show that was shown on PBS in the United States from 1992 to 1997. ... Wenceslao Moreno (April 17, 1896–April 20, 1999), popularly known as Señor Wences, was a prominent 20th century ventriloquist likely best known for his frequent appearances on CBSs Ed Sullivan Show. ... Kermit singing Its Not Easy Bein Green Kermit the Frog is a fictional character, a Muppet and one of puppeteer Jim Hensons most famous and beloved creations. ... Sam and Friends was an early live-action/puppet television show created by puppeteer Jim Henson and his eventual wife Jane. ...


Sock puppets have also appeared in advertising. During the late 1990s, the ecommerce company Pets.com used a "spokespuppet" along with the tagline "because pets can't drive" in its advertising to much critical acclaim. But while the puppet became a pop culture icon, it did not help the company sell enough products to survive the dot-com crash.[1] Advertising, generally speaking, is the promotion of goods, services, companies and ideas, usually performed by an identified sponsor. ... Electronic commerce or e-commerce consists of the buying, selling, marketing, and servicing of products or services over computer networks. ... Pets. ... A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in marketing materials and advertising. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... The Dot-com bubble (or dot-com speculative bubble) refers to the approximately four years of time (1997–2001) in which stock markets in Western nations had their value increase rapidly and most significantly in the technology and new Internet sector. ...


As sock puppets appear friendly, non-threatening, and clearly non-human, therapists often have their patients speak to a sock puppet when they feel inhibited from speaking to the therapist. For the same reasons, and because oneself and one's sock puppet often feel like two different persons, one can speak through a sock puppet to express thoughts or facets of one's personality that one would not feel free to admit in person or fears would harm one's reputation were they actually said in one's own person. Mr. Garrison's use of Mr. Hat on South Park is a good example of this. Conversely, the American professional wrestler Mick Foley has used a sock puppet called Mr Socko as one of his signature weapons. Spoiler warning: Herbert Garrison, voiced by Trey Parker, is a fictional character in the South Park cartoon series. ... Mr. ... South Park is a Peabody Award- and Emmy Award-winning American animated television series created, written and voiced by Matt Stone and Trey Parker. ... ... Mick Foley (born Michael Francis Foley on June 7, 1965 in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American professional wrestler and author. ... Mick Foley Michael Francis Mick Foley (born June 7, 1965) is an American professional wrestler and author. ...


In the 1993 film Freaked, Bobcat Goldthwait plays Sockhead, a character who is a talking sock puppet. Freaked is a 1993 American film, directed by Alex Winter. ... Bobcat Goldthwait (born May 26, 1962) is an American comedian. ...


The late 1990s MTV sock puppet show, Sifl and Olly, ran for two years and developed a cult following. MTV (Music Television) is a cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... The Sifl and Olly Show is a puppet show that used sock puppets and animation. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Sock puppets are the biggest fear of Homer Simpson, a character on the FOX TV show The Simpsons, as claimed on the show's 114th episode (in the sixth season). To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox network. ... Fear of Flying is an episode of The Simpsons from the sixth season. ...


Canadian music video network MuchMusic is the home of Ed the Sock. Ed is an intentionally gruff cigar-smoking sock puppet who has been a part of the MuchMusic line-up since the 1990s. MuchMusic (often called Much) is a 24-hour national Canadian cable music and variety television channel based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which debuted on August 31, 1984 as one of the first Canadian cable specialty channels on the air. ... Ed the Sock is a fictional character who became a Canadian television personality in the 1990s, best known for his appearances hosting programming on MuchMusic and for hosting his own talk show, Eds Night Party. ...


In 2005 The Lady from Sockholm became the first feature length sock puppet film to hit film festivals. The Lady from Sockholm is an independent film from writer/producer Lynn Lamousin, owner of Kittyboy Creations, an Atlanta production company. ...


In 2003 the online bank Egg used the sock puppet as an amusing device to advertise their credit card, showing a diffident man trying to negotiate his way through potentially embarrassing situations, such as being ripped off by a menacing plumber on callout at his house, producing a puppet that proceeds to voice loudly and sarcastically his real sentiments.


See also

A sock puppet, after which internet sock puppets are named. ...

External links

  • Danielle's Place: Easy To Make Sock Puppets - Instructions on how to make a variety of different sock puppets
  • The Lady from Sockholm - The World's First All Sock Puppet Feature Film
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Sock puppet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (746 words)
When a sock puppeteer fits their hand into the closed end of the sock, the sock puppet can be made to "talk" with the opening and closing of the hand.
The puppet's mouth is formed by the region between the heel and the toe, with the thumb forming a jaw.
Sock puppets are the biggest fear of Homer Simpson, a character on the FOX TV show The Simpsons, as claimed on the show's 114th episode (in the sixth season).
Sockpuppet (Internet) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1095 words)
Although the "sock puppet" concept has been applied to the use of different sender names for the same e-mail account on different computers the use of such alternate IDs to identify a particular computer may not always be for the purpose of deception.
Suspicion of such sock puppets is often harder to verify though, as there are often people who naturally behave in such a manner with the same effects.
A single such sock puppet is a shill; creating large numbers of them to fake a "grass-roots" upswelling of support is known as astroturfing.
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