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NIGHT VISION PUPPETS trademark organized in 1974 as "The Puppets of Lothlorien" in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

Upon the discovery that most people (back in those days) had never read JRR Tolkien and the rest could not pronounce the name, the cast decided to go with "NIGHT VISION PUPPETS" trademark in 1977.

Much of the rationale behind the new name was based on experiences encountered during a non-paid but fun-filled tour of Mexico and the U.S.   As Dayton's official "Ambassadors of Goodwill," the puppets performed in English and Spanish, primarily in small, remote villages and low-income areas.

For 3 years the puppets appeared weekly on WKEF TV's (Dayton) "Shock Theatre," a late night horror movie show with local skits and parodies. The troupe also has spent time living in various parts of Ohio, Hilton Head, S.C., and the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus.  They have performed in Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Cyprus.  They currently reside in San Francisco, USA.



Creator/ director/ puppeteer John Higgins has conducted workshops and seminars for museums, recreation departments, art councils, universities, and schools.  He holds a PhD in communication, specializing in electronic media.

(According to his friends and family, he is quite talented and undoubtedly schizophrenic.)

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Mexico 1977: Dayton Ohio's "Ambassadors of Goodwill" proclamation



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