Puppetry as a medium of communication, entertainment &education


Frankie Malachi (pronounced mair-ler-kai) is an award-winning professional puppeteer, and the founder and creative director of Mascots and Puppets Specialists and Puppet Party Magic.A sought-after international puppeteer, Frankie has received international recognition for his work, having performed in places as diverse as Vietnam, South Africa, Turkey, Taiwan, Indonesia, Palestine and Israel. Recently, he performed at the PUN International Puppet Festival .

How did you discover your love for puppetry?

While growing up I enjoyed watching Sesame Street and muppet show on TV.

What prompted you to form Mascots and Puppets Specialists?

It’s a great way to reach out to children and adults alike. Generally, people like puppets and it’s a wonderful and powerful medium to use to in education.

How does puppetry differ from other types of art form?

It’s a combination of many fine arts which includes: sculpting, make up, costuming, the theatrics, props making and many other factors that makes this art comes alive 

How can puppetry help in developing the communication and social skills of a child?

A puppet in the hands of a shy child usual comes alive and the child tends to forget their shyness as their imagination is fired within them and they come out of their shell in the guise of play.

What are some memorable reactions you have had from audiences who attend your shows?

An organizer once told me that a teenager student who watched our show was going through depression and was suicidal. However the antics of the puppets made such a deep impact on him that it drew him out of his depression and the thoughts of dying left him completely!

What advice would you offer someone just starting out or looking to break into the field of puppetry?

With the information highway, one can easily Google “puppets” or “puppetry” and there’s a lot of information on how to construct all kinds of puppets n manipulating them.

I wish I had those information when I was younger.

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