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The economy has been so tough - and extra spending money is at a low for many, except for Donald (wink).


Matt, I haven't been effected as so many of you have because, I've given up those things you people insist are important like, food, clothing and shelter. You would be surprised at how much extra money you have, when you don't waste it on such things. Try it for a few months, you'll never look back.

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Oh! So that's the secret!
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I can attest to Donald's statement. I too go without and have never regretted it for a moment. Donald and I know what is most important!!
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Good point Donald...

However...I simply can't sacrifice food for vent figures...

..maybe I can sacrifice my children's education... no more school kids!!! Smile
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On 2013-01-26 13:11, creativemac wrote:
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The economy has been so tough - and extra spending money is at a low for many, except for Donald (wink).


Matt, I haven't been effected as so many of you have because, I've given up those things you people insist are important like, food, clothing and shelter. You would be surprised at how much extra money you have, when you don't waste it on such things. Try it for a few months, you'll never look back.

:)


Food is overrated, anyhow. Smile
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........Food is overrated, anyhow. Smile

NOW, you got it!!!!!!!
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He's back!
And the seller has lowered the price.

Unfortunately, the price is still to high for me.
Drats!

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He looks good, but still missing...something. I don't know what, but it's not exactly right. It's very difficult to accurately copy a puppet, it's difficult enough to reproduce your own work in an exact copy, let alone someone else's style. It usually misses the original makers flair, because the copier has spent hours deliberating on brush marks and the like, whilst the original artist did it so quickly.

Still, a very impressive puppet, and a reasonable price.
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On 2013-04-19 04:17, James Arnott wrote:
He looks good, but still missing...something. ...


Well, one thing he is missing is Edgar Bergen.
I think most figures look a little sad and lifeless
when they are just sitting on a shelf.

I do wish I had two grand sitting around.
Then I'd buy it.
No, wait, I'd have to pay off my credit card bills first.


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The auction just ended. Nobody bought it.

I guess people with money did not admire it as much as I.

I wonder if the guy who made it will be discouraged from
making any more figures in the future.
That would be a shame.


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I think there are two problems he is running into;
1. It is a replica of Charlie McCarthy, we can go back and forth on details, if they are right or not, but for most, it's close enough, and no one is going to buy it to use because it is Charlie McCarthy. Of course someone could buy it and change his clothes, then he would just look like another Marshall clone like others make all the time, but either no one has thought of that, or don't want to think of it that because it is a nice, well done, close enough replica.
2. Nobody knows the maker. Figuremaking is something that requires a long time of building a reputation for most before they can start demanding the top dollars for their figures.
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On 2013-04-20 19:19, Dickens & Dave wrote:
I think there are two problems he is running into;
1. It is a replica of Charlie McCarthy, we can go back and forth on details, if they are right or not, but for most, it's close enough, and no one is going to buy it to use because it is Charlie McCarthy. Of course someone could buy it and change his clothes, then he would just look like another Marshall clone like others make all the time, but either no one has thought of that, or don't want to think of it that because it is a nice, well done, close enough replica.
2. Nobody knows the maker. Figuremaking is something that requires a long time of building a reputation for most before they can start demanding the top dollars for their figures.



Absolutely. My thoughts as well.
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On 2013-04-20 19:19, Dickens & Dave wrote:
I think there are two problems he is running into;
1. It is a replica of Charlie McCarthy, we can go back and forth on details, if they are right or not, but for most, it's close enough, and no one is going to buy it to use because it is Charlie McCarthy. Of course someone could buy it and change his clothes, then he would just look like another Marshall clone like others make all the time, but either no one has thought of that, or don't want to think of it that because it is a nice, well done, close enough replica.
2. Nobody knows the maker. Figuremaking is something that requires a long time of building a reputation for most before they can start demanding the top dollars for their figures.


Probably more #2 than #1.
Not all figures are purchased for the purpose of using it professionally.
All kinds of replicas out there do sell.

Has anyone in Pennsylvania (and on this forum) considered paying the maker a visit?
I wonder how a pro-vent or another figure-maker would rate this Charlie after
seeing it up close.


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I agree, it probably is more 2 than 1 - btw, it didn't sell and has been re-listed for 995. - I'm thinking for that, it might sell. I'd probably buy it if I had unlimited funds and were still gathering figures like I used to.
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On 2013-04-25 20:52, Dickens & Dave wrote:
I'd probably buy it if I had unlimited funds ...


Ditto!

I would not hesitate -- IF I WERE A RICH MAN.

I like seeing all of the replicas out there.
I am even tempted by the copy of Fats.
But I will need a little Magic in my life before I can buy one.

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Has anyone in Pennsylvania (and on this forum) considered paying the maker a visit?
I wonder how a pro-vent or another figure-maker would rate this Charlie after
seeing it up close.


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I had considered it but decided against it as folk in these here parts don't take too kindly of strange body just a stoppin by .
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Not too hospitable, eh? Smile
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On 2013-04-26 04:51, Walden wrote:
Not too hospitable, eh? Smile


Some folks is, some folks ain't. Smile
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Well the seller has dropped the price on him. I'd buy him, but I wouldn't want a figure to sit on a shelf and owning a Charlie McCarthy look-a-like would be a hinderance for performing IMO.
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Hi everyone. I'm actually the person who made the Charlie you're discussing. I appreciate the kind remarks. I actually created him as more of a museum piece, rather than a performance piece. In my opinion, only Edgar Bergen should perform with Charlie. Now, if someone were to do a show AS Edgar (kind of like the Elvis impersonators, etc), I think that would be pretty cool. The reason I can sell this Charlie is because I am not claiming it to be an original Charlie, but rather a Charlie inspired figure. I have been in contact with the Bergen Foundation and, as long as I do not misrepresent the figure, they're okay with it. Not sure why this one is having a problem selling... maybe I need to retake the pics, but the others I sold went pretty fast. I wish I could get the richness of the paint to show up better in the pics. The pics tend to make him look a bit washed out and he's really not. I was very careful to get the right, warm skin tone shades, with a slightly lighter shade, just under the eyes and a greyish tone above the eyes and on the ears.

I think I mention, in the listing, that I'm a portraiture artist, but have always had a love of Charlie, and couldn't find a reasonably priced replica that I was happy with, so decided to make one myself. Having an original leg was a huge help and, I think, adds a little something extra. I've decided to create some 22" kid-sized figures, just for fun. I have some sketches of what I'd like to do and, who knows, maybe this will turn into a little side job for me. I'll attach a funny, practice dummy I made of Anderson Cooper... I named this dummy "Mini Cooper" (lol). He's a 22" figure and I'm pretty happy with the way he turned out. Hope you enjoy! Again, thanks so much for the nice comments!

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