A Portrait of the Puppet Master as a Young Man

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Puppets—they’re child’s play, right? Spend five minutes watching Barnaby Dixon and you’ll surely disagree. At first, it might seem strange for a 26-year-old to be hand-building puppets in his bedroom and shooting videos of his performances for a living

But the puppet prodigy’s creations are completely original and totally addicting to watch. Barnaby started his career solely to make YouTube videos.

But recently hit it big after winning a 50,000 Euro grand prize on the German puppet talent show, “Die Puppenstars.”

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The fingers control the arms and the legs, but there is also a mechanism to move the head, as well as a cable to open the puppet’s mouth.

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