If you don’t know the blog ‘Humans of New York’, which captures beautiful images of the city’s colourful characters, you need to check it out here. A few days ago on the site, I spied this teeny tiny character:


Today I was wandering downtown and took a walk through Washington Square Park, and who did I spot, but the very same mini marionette – ‘Stix’. So I waited for a show.

The way Ricky Syers, the puppeteer (actually called a manipulator), moved this little guy to show him dancing, walking, breathing and snoozing was just amazing. The details were fantastic – the way he sucked on his cigarette, glugged from a bottle of moonshine or wiped his brow. It was so easy to think that it actually was a mini human.

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Stix is just one of Syers’ 13 homemade marionettes. It’s a dying art, so I’m glad there was such a brilliant – albeit simple – show so close by.

I love Washington Square Park on a day like this, when the weather’s beautiful, the people-watching is top notch and all sorts of musicians are out. It provides hours of entertainment. But by far the best find today was Mr Stix and his moonshine.

Time for a rest

Time for a rest

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