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Stix the marionette entertains, delights, and captivates people with his expressions! This art is so old, it's becoming new again. Read more

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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on November 11, 2013.

Stix the marionette entertains, delights, and captivates people with his expressions! This art is so old, it's becoming new again.

Ricky Syers
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About this project

If you are in the NYC area, come meet Ricky, Stix, & Doris at the Humans of New York book release on Tuesday, October 15th at 7PM at the Barnes and Noble in Union Sqaure! Ricky & Stix were recently featured on the prominent website Humans of New York, and are really grateful to be invited by Brandon Stanton to his book release. It's an event not to be missed! 

Everyone remembers the first time they met Stix. Curiously wondering as they approach from a distance, "Is that some kind of ...miniature man..dancing around over there with a bunch of people crowded around?" Some puppets are made for fun, some to be playful and goofy, but Stix is just a person like all the rest of us.

"Hey there, I'm Stix!"
"Hey there, I'm Stix!"

About 2 months ago Ricky Syers started bringing one of his Marionettes, Stix, out to Washington Square Park in New York City for a bit of street performing. What's happened since has been magical! People of all ages, backgrounds, and personalities are delighted to see Stix doing his little dance. Maybe it's his lively attitude that draws people in, maybe it's his unique look, with his tattered clothes & straw hat, maybe it's his interesting 'habits'. One thing is sure; Stix is carving his own path in this big ole' World of ours, and is ready for a grand adventure!

Ricky wants to share Stix, the 'lost art' of Marionettes, and how awesome they make people feel with the whole World. Unfortunately, there's only one Ricky. And for the moment, there's only one Stix; but here's a chance to change that! 

Support Ricky's performance art by helping us create a variety of really fun Stix items, and also build up his website as a portal to grow Stix as a character. We'll be using some of the money to re-purpose RickySyers.com, where Stix and more puppets that Ricky has created have a place to play, inspire others to work with Marionettes, and who know's what else (a feature film? a special live broadcast stix performance?).

Also, we're working on concepts for a beautiful Stix figurine (3D printed in full-color Sandstone), a 2014 Stix Calendar, and a fun 10 minute short of Stix doing his thing. But we need to source the funds for design, prototyping, production, and editing.

Here are some more shots of him in action:

A stroll through the park..
A stroll through the park..
Ricky made a custom Marionette for Doris, one of his favorite visitors!
Ricky made a custom Marionette for Doris, one of his favorite visitors!

And for all of you Doris fanatics out there, here's a quick little video of her that Ricky put together:

Stix, hangin' on his bench
Stix, hangin' on his bench
Ricky & Doris
Ricky & Doris

3D Printing is an exciting technology that makes it possible to create a high quality figurine in a fraction of the time and at a much lower cost. Here is an example of a 3D printed figurine, in full-color sandstone:

Example of a sandstone figurine
Example of a sandstone figurine

Creating the geometric model for Stix will be a long and complicated process, requiring the touch of a true artist. We've begun concepts for his poses, and have partnered with a master 3D printing artist named Brian Chan who will contribute his skill to the design. Here are some quick little concept drawings:

"Woooo!"
"Woooo!"
"Just doin' my dance"
"Just doin' my dance"

Lots of other opportunities are available to actually bring Ricky & Stix out to your event, and even have Ricky build a custom marionette just for you! Please help support Ricky, Stix, and the art of Marionettes by backing this project, and lets revive a truly special and almost lost art that brings people together in a unique way! 

Risks and challenges

We may face some delays in the expected delivery dates of the figurines if the manufacturer has production issues, or overflow during the holidays. With respect to achieving successful design, prototyping, and production, there is no risk as we are working with a designer who has the expertise and time to achieve the task (given the budget), and is someone we have worked on successful projects with in the past.

There is no risk of not completing the stickers, calendars, and also custom marionettes and in-home performances, as Ricky is able to easily facilitate each of those pieces.

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    $2 reward

    2 backers

    TIP STIX: Toss a little something in his hat to keep him moving! And that beard growing. Have his thanks on RickySyers.com :)

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    $10 reward

    3 backers

    STIX IN ACTION: Get a digital download of an exclusive 10 minute short of Stix shot by filmmaker Samuel Orr of MotionKicker.com! See hidden gems of Stix not available anywhere online.

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    $20 reward

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    STIX STICKS: Get a set of 'Stix Stickers' of the famous man himself in different poses (printed by the infamous and high quality StickerGuy.com)! Includes 'Stix In Action' Digital Short

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    $35 reward

    1 backer Limited (249 left of 250)

    A YEAR IN STIX: Get a custom printed 2014 Stix Calendar with 12 never before seen photographs of Stix (taken by Ricky) posed in various settings appropriate for the seasons. These will be a limited edition personally signed by Ricky! Includes 'Stix In Action' Digital Short

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    $75 reward

    1 backer Limited (99 left of 100)

    OWN STIX: Get a custom-designed, 3D Printed Stix figurine so he can come home with you! Produced in full-color sandstone. These first 100 figures will be a limited edition personally signed by Ricky Syers! Includes 'Stix In Action' Digital Short

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    $500 reward

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    BRING STIX & RICKY TO YOUR PARTY: Stix & Ricky will make a special trip to your party, event, or gathering to be entertained and delighted with an intimate demonstration of Stix and his other puppets! (not including travel costs outside NYC Metro area)

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    $2,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    BECOME THE PUPPET: Ricky will come to your event or gathering AND construct a one of a kind, intricately crafted, custom marionette of anyone you desire (your loved one, your boss, etc) which you will have to treasure for all time! (not including travel costs outside NYC Metro area)

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Funding period

- (29 days)