Hello Gloving Universe!
I’m back for the second edition of my Video Breakdown Series. Today, we are going to look at the Featured Show of one 2015’s most popular glovers, [IM] Puppet. For those of you unfamiliar with this kid, allow me to fill you in on his astounding gloving abilities.>
As a disclaimer, everything that follows is just my interpretation of the show, and I am in no way telling anyone how to, or how not to perform a gloving light show. THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO GIVE A LIGHT SHOW….unless your gloves are really dirty… that’s just nasty.
Imogen Heap – Just For Now (Gosteffects & Rule of Eight Remix)
Puppet has always reminded me of an anime character. He seems almost fictional with everything he does, and his song choice only personifies that character. I like it. Everyone needs a shtick, and Puppet plays his to a tee. This is someone whose inner child is happily fed regularly.
Color Set Choice:
10 x eLite Chroma 24 chips
Fingers: Strobe – Silver (H), Red (L)
Thumbs: Strobe – Red (H), Blank
I am REALLY BIG on simple sets. I firmly believe that if you rely on your set to fascinate your audience, you are limiting yourself greatly. A simple set, two, three, MAYBE four colors with a little variation, allows you to focus on the actual moves and illusions without limiting yourself or risking color vomit. Now, this is not to say that sets with a lot of color and variation aren’t amazing. They are just a little more polarizing.
I love this show for a few simple reasons.
Puppet is trying to impress you with a thousand technical concepts. He makes everything super digestible because he balances the cool tricks with simple, yet theatrical movements. Those make for awesome moves that are much more special.
There are a few moves that touch on the vocals, not to mention the “IM” thrown up for Infinite Movement. Little touches like that make the show unique.
His gaze. Sad to say, not a lot of glovers put effort into their entire persona. Puppet literally stares you down in a dark, almost cold and soul stealing fashion. I’m not sure if that is just his glover face or if it is on purpose, BUT IT WORKS!
One thing I really want to point out is Puppet’s level of musicality in this show. Not only does his timing match the song, but so does his progression. He builds and builds with the song. Then he comes in heavy and dives right back out as the song calms down without losing his overall flow. That takes an immense amount of concentration, planning, and a serious knack for freestyling.
I also want to acknowledge something that Puppet does in this video that many glovers don’t have the confidence to do, stop. Right around the 3 minute mark, Puppet slows down, stops and waits for the next sound to hit. Some glovers feel like they always need to be moving, and that is absolutely not the case. Think about any epic dance performance ever. There is at least one point in the act where the dancer abruptly stops to snap you back to reality and blow your mind.
Fantastic show Puppet. I cannot wait for the next one from you!
I haven't been good at these things since the PlurLife.com days when everyone just put their "festival resume" with all of the events they have been to. Long story short, I have been gloving since November 1st, 2008 and I have seen gloving go from finger lights and glow sticks to international publicity and Shark Tank notoriety... and I have an opinion about everything. (You have been warned)