Mannequin Man's Blog

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by mannequin man - Sun 24th Sep 2017

From time to time, when I come across a shop that has a regular mannequin in its window, or preferably standing outside, I like to set myself a challenge, and see if I can replace that mannequin....

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by mannequin man - Fri 24th Jun 2016

Employed by IKAR GB to create interest on their stand at Safety & Eealth Expo 2016

I had a great three days performing as fall arrest test dummy on the IKAR GB stand. IKAR use orange test dummies in their fall test demonstrations, and I my plan was to look as much line the fall...

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by mannequin man - Sun 12th Jun 2016

Had a great day reprising the role of the Michael the Mechanical Waving Mannequin at the American Car Wash Highgate.

Michael, the real mannequin, who used to stand outside the Kings Cross branch in all weathers, had moved to the Highgate branch. He hasn't been there recently due to mechanical issues.

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by mannequin man - Sun 3rd Apr 2016

On Wednesday I went down to the Essex Fire Museum again as the museum had organised some more family days during the Easter break. We'd concluded, from my previous visits, that the WWII section...

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by mannequin man - Thu 13th Aug 2015

Family Fun day at the Essex Fire Museum

Today was one of the Essex fire museum's family fun days. I had arranged to meet the museum's coordinator at 09:00. I found the museum fairly easily. It's actually on the site of a working fire s...

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by mannequin man - Thu 28th May 2015

Had a great day being a museum dummy at the Dive Museum Gosport

On the way to the museum I passed the car wash where I had performed previously as a mechanical a waving mannequin.

We'd decided on two costumes, one a traditional canvas diving suit and ...

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by mannequin man - Sun 3rd May 2015

Reprising my role as the Machine mart mannequin again, lots of fun was had with the London Marathon spectators

I managed to convince some kids that I was a remote controlled robot, as well as some passers-by of the window. Somebody even joined me in the window to have their picture taken with the "robot"and ...

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by mannequin man - Sat 15th Nov 2014

Spent day in character again as Dickie Mackay, the Mackay's Dickies clothing mannequin and performed for Children in Need

It never fails to surprise me how famous the mannequin is that stands stoically, through rain and shine, outside the Mackay's store.

Dickie the mannequin is notorious in Cambridge, and h...

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by mannequin man - Wed 15th Oct 2014

Behind the scenes of the role reprisal of the Dickie Mackay mannequin for an open day at Mackays of Cambridge.

Had a great day at the Mackays open day, very tiring but very enjoyable.
Arrived early to beat the Cambridge rush-hour traffic and got made-up.

I spent most of the day at the bac...

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by mannequin man - Sat 20th Sep 2014

Amazing response to the YouTube video, 24K views and still rising

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by mannequin man - Wed 17th Sep 2014

Behind the scenes with mannequin man at the SEHAUC Streetworks exhibition at Kent Showground 2014

Arrived early, and had a separate place to change, so decided to use the latex make-up.


by mannequin man - Thu 4th Sep 2014

Amazing response to the YouTube video, 12000 views and still rising

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXgzuxxEos

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by mannequin man - Sat 23rd Aug 2014

A regular fixture outside Mackays of Cambridge is Dickie the mannequin, he has been standing in all weathers for many years now. Recently he has also become a twitter phenomenon, as passers-by are asked to tweet selfies with Dickie. Today however, the normally stoic mannequin, with not much to say for himself, turned the tables on the public while they had their photos taken with him, with amusing results.

Had a great day, as Dickie, standing outside Mackays in Cambridge. Great reactions from the public, and loads of great reactions caught on video
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by mannequin man - Sun 3rd Mar 2013

I thought I'd play a prank on some of the exhibitors as they left the RYA Dinghy Show

The RYA Dinghy show was really well attended on both days. On the second day I decide to use the latex make-up, which give a more mannequin-like effect. Just before the show was about to end, I w...

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by mannequin man - Sun 17th Jun 2012

Just got some black Scleral contact lenses for my latest mannequin make-up

Many years ago I had some contact lenses made up to look like the painted eyes of a mannequin. It actually took three goes, as the company that made them were used to making contact lenses for pe...

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by mannequin man - Sat 21st Apr 2012

I'll be reprising my role (in the window and outside) as this year's London Marathon

Please come along and say hello on the 22nd April at the Machine Mart store, 100 The Highway, Limehouse, London E1W 2AZ

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by mannequin man - Sat 24th Mar 2012

I'll be reprising my role (in the window and outside) as this year's London Marathon

Please come along and say hello on the 22nd April at the Machine Mart store, 100 The Highway, Limehouse, London E1W 2AZ

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by mannequin man - Sat 24th Mar 2012

On Bid TV, Episode. 8, is showing this Saturday

Episode where I'm on Bid TV with Andrew Stone

  • 24th March at 18:00
    Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Series 1, show 8
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by mannequin man - Mon 20th Feb 2012

The first episode in which I appear, Episode. 4, is showing this Saturday

  • 25th February at 18:00
    Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Series 1
    The dance teacher makes headway with his revue show, and ...

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by mannequin man - Mon 30th Jan 2012

Pick TV are repeating Louie Spence's Showbusiness

Starting 19:00 Saturday 4th Feb - Series 1. Episode 1/13

Then repeated Sunday 17:00

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by mannequin man - Sat 7th Jan 2012

They used the clip on the best of on TV today

The clip of me saying "I just disappear" from Louie Spence's Show Business has been show again on on the best of Harry Hill's TV Burp..

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by mannequin man - Sat 22nd Oct 2011

The American Car Wash Company's Waving Mannequin Returns

I thought it would be quite cool to go along to the Kings Cross branch, where the original mechanical mannequin used to stand, before he stopped working, and wear his old outfit; and then see if any...

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by mannequin man - Sat 15th Oct 2011

American Car Wash Waving Dummy #2

Just got back from spending a great day as the waving mannequin outside the American Car wash in Highgate N6 4HX. Spent the whole day waving at passing motorists.

I'm still amazed at how many ...

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by mannequin man - Wed 5th Oct 2011

Bunzl Greenham - Health and Safety North 11

As soon as I arrived in the exhibition hall, I knew it was going to be a hot one. It had been quite sunny the day before and the heat had built up alreday. Together with the stand lighting and ...

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by mannequin man - Tue 4th Oct 2011

American Car Wash Waving Dummy

In my continuing quest to develop my latest character, the automated waving mannequin, I tracked down a few pictures on the internet of one that was outside the America...

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by mannequin man - Sat 24th Sep 2011

Waving car wash mannequin - Gosport Part #2

The drive down was quite pleasant, although I did pass through thick fog on the way. The car wash was on a fairly busy road, so I'd have plenty of people passing.

I had used an older bottle of l...

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by mannequin man - Thu 22nd Sep 2011

Waving car wash mannequin - Gosport Part #1

I've been working on a new character for the last few months and on Saturday I get the chance to try it out for the first time on the unsuspecting public. The character is a waving car wash mannequi...

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by mannequin man - Mon 5th Sep 2011

Working for Bunzl Greenham at the Health and Safety Scotland 11 at the Royal Highland Centre Edinburgh

Just getting ready for job up in Scotland working for Bunzl Greenham, the safety and workplace supplier. I will be a mannequin on their stand wearing various outfits, s...

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by mannequin man - Thu 21st Jul 2011

Clancy Docwra Innovation Event #2

Just put the picture up yesterday from the event. In the picture you can see me just about to be wheeled away, so as not to give the game away to anyone who hadn't seen me yet..

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by mannequin man - Mon 4th Jul 2011

Great day, loads of good reactions, but really hot

I arrived early and my first task was to orientate myself with the site and facilities. There were two main areas where equipment was being demonstrated, a small area with small diggers, and a la...

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by mannequin man - Sat 2nd Jul 2011

Looks like its going to be another hot one for the event at Volvo tomorrow

We've got three real mannequins (arranged through mannakin.com), plus me this time, so great a opportunity to move around and get some good reactions; just...

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by mannequin man - Wed 29th Jun 2011

Clancy Docwra Innovation Event

Had a great day at the Innovation Event held at Clancy Docwra's Head office in Harefield Middlesex. Two characters were required, one where I wore Pyjamas and stood by a sink ho...

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by mannequin man - Sun 17th Apr 2011

Spent the day as a display mannequin at the Machine mart store in Docklands

Great day, with the London Marathon going on in the background. This is starting to be a bit of a tradition, this will be the 2nd year I've done this and I plan to do it next year too. I had wa...

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by mannequin man - Wed 13th Apr 2011

Tonight is the Launch Party for the group "The Daylight Theory"

A Great evening at the Embassy in Mayfair, ending up in the after show part in Jewel.

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by mannequin man - Wed 30th Mar 2011

Well tonight is the final show

Wed at 21:00 GMT on Sky 1, Episode 13 of Louie Spence's Show business aired, hope you enjoyed it. I'm in a bit with Martin Jordan (Gordon Ramsay) in the corridor, haven't seen it yet but it's suppo...

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by mannequin man - Sat 5th Feb 2011

I've just seen a clip from Louie Spence's Showbusiness show 4 on TV Burp

Great news that I'm on the show, but at the moment I can't bring myself to watch it as I don't like watching myself out of character

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by mannequin man - Fri 28th Jan 2011

Today we filmed the final pieces for the finale show at the New Wimbledon Theatre

The funniest part of the day was just as the sun was going down, and we were going to the catering wagon for a segment with Martin (Gordon Ramsay) and me wearing chefs outfits. I was in full make-up...

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by mannequin man - Wed 26th Jan 2011

Today the show is being aired for the first time

Tonight at 21:00 GMT on Sky 1, Episode 4 of Louie Spence's Showbusiness will be aired, enjoy! ...

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by mannequin man - Tue 4th Jan 2011

Today is the preview screening and launch party for Episode 4 of Louie Spence's Showbusiness

I was very fortunate in that tonight's screening is of show 4, which I appear in twice. Apparently one of the best shows, if not the best, but then I'd probably say that.

The Screening was in ...

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by mannequin man - Fri 5th Nov 2010

Day of the shoot

Travelling goes without a hitch and I arrive exactly at 8:00am. After meeting with the director and the cameraman, I go off to the disabled toilet (the performer's default de facto dressing room) to...

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by mannequin man - Thu 4th Nov 2010

Day before the Ad shoot

Tomorrow is a shoot for an ad for an investment company that will be shown on the Bloomberg channel. The director had been looking for real crash test dummies and had found my website. Real crash t...

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by mannequin man - Fri 22nd Oct 2010

CPR dummy for a Tricky TV Wicked Wind-up prank.

Video now on-line Tricky TV

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by mannequin man - Wed 20th Oct 2010

CPR dummy for a Tricky TV Wicked Wind-up prank.

The show is due to be broadcast on the CITV channel at 17:00 on 21st October 2010 ... That's Tomorrow as I update this, just saw the preview on today's show, can't wait.

I'll put the video up...

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by mannequin man - Tue 12th Oct 2010

Had a great time at bid-tv, it worked really well.

Pulse Films asked me if I'd like to appear on bid TV for their 10th Anniversary celebration week; Andrew Stone would be joining the host and they wanted me to be a mannequin in the show. The id...

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by mannequin man - Mon 4th Oct 2010

Pulse contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to be a mannequin on a TV.

Andrew Stone from Pineapple Dance Studios would be there, and I would be wearing some clothing that there were selling.

The shoot will be on 12th Oct in Acton. The plan is that they will carry...

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by mannequin man - Fri 17th Sep 2010

After the successful Hillhead show, Volvo asked me to repeat the same set-up for a show in working quarry in Birmingham

Just got back from Birmingham and it went really well. Rather than a continuous flow of people at normal shows, groups were being shown around, which meant I had to use a different technique. I woul...

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by mannequin man - Tue 31st Aug 2010

Back from the World Statues competition in Arnhem in the Netherlands.

Had a great time and met some great people. The Dutch really appreciate living statues.

Had my reality crew with me for the whole day - doesn't everyone ?

Further Thoughts
I wo...

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by mannequin man - Sat 28th Aug 2010

Flying out to the World Statues competition in Arnhem

I had managed to get book a flight from City airport to Rotterdam, which is ultra convenient for me; and then the world statues had arranged a taxi to pick me up and drive me to Arnhem. It was a big...

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by mannequin man - Wed 28th Jul 2010

Today the film crew came to my house to do the interview that will be a part of the reality show.

They had a large crew of 6 and rearranged my living room in order to create the right background. They wanted "Dave" in the background, as he had featured in part on my story as my 'muse' ? I suspe...

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by mannequin man - Wed 14th Jul 2010

Just been accepted for entry into the World Statues contest.

The World Statues is annually held contest in Arnhem, The Netherlands. This is an international contest where Living Statues from many countries visit Arnhem to compete with one another and generall...

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by mannequin man - Fri 25th Jun 2010

Hillhead video added to mannakin tv

Roz from mannakin.com has added my Hillhead video to mannakin tv ...

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by mannequin man - Thu 24th Jun 2010

Just returned from a show for Volvo trucks in the Hillhead quarry in Buxton. Buxton is a nice place and well worth a return visit!

Volvo approached me with the idea of using me with some real mannequins. The event was a three day exhibition for Heavy Plant and Construction, held in the middle of a working Quarry in Buxton, Derb...

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by mannequin man - Fri 28th May 2010

I was contacted out of the blue by pulse films who are making a reality show as a follow up to Pineapple Dance Studios.

The show will be called Louie Spence's Show-business, and it follows on from the characters introduced at Pineapple Studios in the first series,first b...

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by mannequin man - Sun 9th May 2010

It's the Day of filming

It's a rainy day as I make my way to the studios in Maidstone. I'd allowed plenty of time to get there and about 1.5 hours to do the make-up and get ready. I wasn't due on location until 14:00, for ...

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by mannequin man - Mon 15th Mar 2010

Approached by the Foundation at Maidstone Studios to be a CPR dummy for a Tricky TV Wicked Wind-up prank.

They had seen my CPR dummy character on my website and wanted to use it in a prank for Tricky TV. The filming would take place in the Chequers Mall shopping centre in ...

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by mannequin man - Thu 3rd Sep 2009

When I came across the a picture of the dummy in the arrow safety wear shop I new that I wanted to take his place

From time to time I like to take on the challenge of replacing a dummy that people are familiar with, to see if any one notices. If they don't, then I consider the challenge is met. This was the c...

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by mannequin man - Wed 10th Jan 2007

To get into the drag dummy character, I would lay with the drag dummies just to see if anyone would notice

It was late afternoon, and I'd just finished being the dummy for a crashed vehicle extrication training exercise with the fire fighter recruits, were I was cut out of a car. After the reveal,...

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by mannequin man - Sun 27th Jun 2004

Appearing as a living statue on SMART

When I was asked if I would do it I said of course. It was going to be shot at Television Centre on a Sunday in Studio 1 (yes the same studio used for Blue Peter).

I arrived quite early...

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by mannequin man - Thu 12th Sep 2002

I was at the West Midlands Brigade Training Centre and had just finished doing my CPR training character for the basic life support course

As I was walking back to get changed, I noticed noticed a pile of red and blue dummies, neatly stacked, looking very new.

I asked "what were they used for?" a...

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by mannequin man - Mon 13th May 2002

Dressed in a green coverall, ear defenders, hard hat and safety harness, standing with real mannequins, waiting for visitors to go by and then giving them as scare by jumping out

The set-up was four mannequins wearing safety gear on the bacou-dalloz stand. The mannequins were standing on raised oval shaped plinths, and I would take the place as one of the mannequins for...

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by mannequin man - Thu 21st Mar 1996

Uvex Prescription Eyewear Seminar Royal Coventry Hotel Durham

I was to be part of a small exhibition of new UVEX safety products, just outside the room where the conference was taking place. During the breaks, the delegate would come out and look at the e...

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