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NIGHT VISION PUPPETS trademark organized in 1974 as "The Puppets of Lothlorien" in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

Upon the discovery that most people (back in those days) had never read JRR Tolkien and the rest could not pronounce the name, the cast decided to go with "NIGHT VISION PUPPETS" trademark in 1977.

Much of the rationale behind the new name was based on experiences encountered in the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza during a non-paid but fun-filled tour of Mexico and the U.S. in 1977.  As Dayton's official "Ambassadors of Goodwill," the puppets performed in English and Spanish, primarily in small, remote villages and low-income areas.

For 3 years the puppets appeared weekly on WKEF TV's (Dayton) "Shock Theatre," a late night horror movie show with local sketches and parodies. The troupe has spent time living in various parts of Ohio, South Carolina, and the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus.  They have performed in much of the U.S, as well as in Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Cyprus.

In fall 2008, puppeteer/creator/director John Higgins was artist/scholar in residence at Sidestreets in Nicosia, performing with puppets and conducting digital storytelling workshops. He returned with the puppets in fall 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting digital storytelling workshops with Cypriot universities, civil society organizations, and the Cyprus Community Media Centre. The last (so far) performances with the "walking stage" were in October 2010 in the Fulbright Center in the UN Buffer Zone and then the Buyuk Han, in Nicosia.

The puppets show up occasionally on video skits online. Higgins and the puppets currently reside in San Francisco, USA, with one of their biggest fans: MJ.

     

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Creator/ director/ puppeteer John Higgins has conducted workshops and seminars for museums, recreation departments, art councils, universities, and schools.  He holds a PhD in communication, specializing in electronic media.

(According to his friends and family, he is quite talented and undoubtedly schizophrenic.)

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SELECTED CREDITS:

image Fulbright Scholar, Cyprus Fulbright Commission, Nicosia, Cyprus (August-December 2010);
image Residency with Digital Storytelling at "Sidestreets," Nicosia, Cyprus (October-November 2008);
image 30 Year Anniversary Festival, "Summary of Love" (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, October 1997).
image United Nations's 50th Anniversary Bicommunal Celebration (Ledra Palace, Nicosia, Cyprus, 1995);
image Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, 1991);
image Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute (1987, 1988);
image Residency at Evansville (Indiana) Museum of Arts and Science (1979).

image Appeared weekly on Dayton late night TV show, Shock Theatre with Dr. Creep (1977-1980);
image Toured internationally as Dayton, Ohio's "Ambassadors of Goodwill" (1977).
     

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