Based in East London - just a short walk from the V & A Museum of Childhood - Puppets Magic Studio designs and builds puppets for clients worldwide. Inside a converted factory, bits of disassembled furry shapes and body parts scatter the studio, whilst monotone blocks of foam line up waiting to be transformed into endearing creatures. Among the variety of different objects, abstract forms and brightly coloured fabrics, will probably be a character you will see on the next production for TV, stage or film. Inside this wonderfully creative environment is a team of puppet makers, working away busily as the next new puppet character emerges.
Creative Director, Daniel Byrne, founded the company. Daniel has designed and built characters for endless productions across the world. After training in Fine Art at both Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins School of Art, Daniel set up Puppets Magic, with the intention of combining sculpture and performance to create puppet characters for HD filming. Having worked alongside many puppeteers, he leads the studio team in the direction of building puppets with the puppeteer’s requirements in mind. As he explains, “Puppets are not just objects. They are designed to move and perform. For this reason we ensure our characters are not just visually attractive, but more importantly that they are comfortable for the puppeteer and move in all the right ways. This guarantees our work will give your production the best performance, time and time again”. The studio is capable of designing and constructing a wide range of hand puppets. Every project will have its new creative challenges, whether it’s a moving mouth puppet or a 30 foot stage character. No project is too simple or complex.