from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who entertains with and operates puppets or marionettes.
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- n. A person who uses a puppet.
- n. Someone who is manipulative and able to get others to do what they want in a puppet-like manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one who operates puppets or marionettes
They may be similar in that particular action other than that it's possibly the same puppeteer is pulling the strings.
"Louise Martin tells us that 'they did not know what to call the manipulator-actor back in that day,' and that Van Volkenburg, with some misgivings, hit on the word puppeteer following from the term for a mule-driver, a muleteer."
The earliest appearance of the word puppeteer in the New York Times was in the May 23, 1920, article, "Puppeteering as a Fine Art," which covers Van Volkenburg and other puppeteers of the time.
Edgerton is not usually credited as the person who coined the word puppeteer, however.
But the fact that, in my case, the word puppeteer also includes designing and building, in addition to performing, was new information.
Puppets can't participate in open discussions unless the puppeteer is pulling the strings.
I am one, but I identify as a puppeteer and more recently as an SF writer.
Randall then goes on to note that the chief puppeteer is David Cameron, "a former executive at what is now ITV."
The things that he did best were the old standard ventriloquist jokes setting it up, for example, for the dummy to call the puppeteer a dummy, which didn't feel old or tired when he did them.
Now we're in the process of finding actors and trying to teach them to puppeteer, which is a difficult task.