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MY INCREDIBLE MAGICAL PUPPETEER JOURNEY TO THE STARS
MY INCREDIBLE MAGICAL PUPPETEER JOURNEY TO THE STARS
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MIKE QUINN - Talk To The Hand

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Mike Quinn

Talk To The Hand!

MY INCREDIBLE MAGICAL PUPPETEER JOURNEY TO THE STARS - A Memoir

Star Wars Puppeteer and Creature Performer, Muppet Puppeteer, Pixar and ILM Character Animator. Projects I've worked on include:

  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • The Muppets (film)
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • The Muppets (ABC TV Series)
  • Jim Henson's The Tale Of The Bunny Picnic
  • Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories
  • Jim Henson's Secret Life Of Toys
  • Jim Henson's The Ghost Of Faffner Hall
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Dreamchild
  • Labyrinth
  • Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars: Episode IX (untitled)
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Rise Of The Resistance (theme park ride)
  • Fraggle Rock (UK, France and Germany)
  • The Storyteller
  • Little Shop Of Horrors
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • Kidding (Jim Carrey - Showtime)
  • Live Muppet performances at The Hollywood Bowl and London 02
  • Glee
  • Good Luck Charlie
  • Shake It Up
  • Lady Gaga TV Special
  • Countless TV commercials and live appearances. 

About The Book

Born in an unassuming terraced house to a working class family in the south east of England, raised in a difficult, lonely, sometimes terrifying childhood and written off by my educators early on, my calling of puppetry not only saved me from oblivion or worse but skyrocketed me into the bright lights of the entertainment industry and the stuff dreams are made of. Holding nothing back, I chronicle my escape by being mentored by my hero, Muppet creator Jim Henson, later reinventing myself as a character animator at Pixar whilst battling chronic depression and ultimately becoming a performer for a beloved fan favorite legacy character in four Star Wars films.

This is my story. 

Coming later this summer, you will be the first to obtain a special edition printing of a signed hard copy of my Autobiography. This will be the only place and time you'll be able to get this quality hardback limited first edition. 

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Mike Quinn as Nien Nunb from several Star Wars movies..
Mike Quinn as Nien Nunb from several Star Wars movies..
Mike Quinn working puppets on assorted films and TV shows.
Mike Quinn working puppets on assorted films and TV shows.

Risks and challenges

The image of the book you see above is a mock-up of the cover. I'll actually do a proper photoshoot for this. The book will have a nice dust jacket and will measure 9x6" and have approximately 300 pages, possibly more. I also wish to include several pages of rare photographs.

At the risk of laying my soul bare for all to see, I present my Autobiography up to present day.
My original thoughts were to wait a little longer, always thinking that I've yet to do my "big thing", such as one of my projects I'm developing that's on the horizon. What encouraged me to do this now and not wait for that time that never comes, was you, my friends, fans and champions.

Although mostly already outlined, I'm writing this now, fleshing out all the key parts of my life. Many stated you wanted to read about the challenges I had to overcome (and still do). So at your wishes and requests, I'm not going to make it a "How To Win At Puppeteer Life" book but offer up a real three dimensional look into the challenges and triumphs in both my life and career.

My biggest fear is that only a very few will be interested. Which is why I've set the funding goal fairly low. I want to write this book to finally have the voice I've earned, tell my story and hopefully help and inspire others. So thank you to all who have cheered me on to get to this point. I hope it enlightens and entertains.

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    You have anywhere up until December 2020 to agree on a location and time.
    Oh, and you also get one "Super Fan Bundle" mentioned above (either handed to you in person or free shipping)!

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    You also get the Uber Fan Bundle with either free shipping or handed to you in person.

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    This gets you five full days of live, in person Film & TV puppetry training in a group of no more than 10 people in Southern California. Location and date to be determined but I will work with you to find a date that works best. You will be responsible for your own travel and accommodation.
    You also get the Uber Fan Bundle with either free shipping or handed to you in person.

    Includes:
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    • Signed Hardcover Book
    • Audio Book Download
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    • Signed Limited 12x8" Print Of Final Book Cover
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