Mannequin mans Blog News and Thoughts from a living mannequin http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog.xml 2018-12-25T16:41:24Z Mannequin-man mark@mannequin-man.com http://www.mannequin-man.com/fitzwilliam-college-winter-ball-blue-mannequin-room-living-mannequin-experience.html 2018-12-01T22:19:37Z 2018-12-20T20:48:21Z Fitzwilliam College Winter Ball Blue Mannequin Room Living Mannequin Experience

Blog Fitzwilliam College Winter Ball Blue Mannequin Room

&#13;&#10;<p>OI was contacted by a member of the Fitzwilliam college ball organisation committee, they had seen my website and specifically the section where I hire out myself with real mannequins. <br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The committee had designated a room as a chill out space with sofas to relax on. In addition to this, they wanted to do something &#226;&#128;&#156;arty&#226;&#128;&#157; in the space, some kind of activity that the ball goers could participate in, if they so wished. They thought it would be fun to have mannequins standing around the room, with of course, one of them being a living mannequin, i.e. me.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>One activity proposed was dressing up the mannequins from a dressing up box with hats and scarves. With this in mind, I contacted the mannequin hire company that I&#226;&#128;&#153;ve used previously, as they have some mannequins that are similar looking to me. Unfortunately the cost of hiring these was outside the college balls' budget, so we agreed on some plastic mannequins that were cheap enough to buy outright, although they would be harder for me to blend-in with, and would not be supplied with wigs. This was probably for the best, as I had also been slightly concerned that the hired mannequins might be get damaged given the boisterous reputaion these parties had.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Over the course of a few emails we bounced around a few ideas and eventually came up with the idea of having all the mannequins dressed in white coveralls as blank canvases, putting some coloured pens in each of the mannequins&#226;&#128;&#153; pockets and encouraging the party guests to doodle whatever they liked on the mannequin&#226;&#128;&#153;s white&#194;&#160;coveralls. I as the human mannequin would be wearing the same matching white overalls, standing motionless with the real mannequins, as a human living canvas, changing position throughout the evening, so the guests would never quite know which of the mannequins were human or which were real mannequins.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I initially suggested that the mannequins should all be wearing some shoes, but this turned out to be ouside the budget so we decided to just use disposable shoe covers over the mannequins&#226;&#128;&#153; feet, and I would wear the covers over my shoes so that we all looked the same. I also asked them to provide another mannequin stand base so that I would look the same as the other mannequins.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>With the initial plan, the mannequins were not going to be wearing anything on their heads and this provided me with a bit of a challenge as these mannequins were very bald! And didn&#226;&#128;&#153;t have wigs of any description, and I would be under fairly close scrutiny as the party guests were doodling on my coveralls. Also I understood that the room was going to have normal lighting. I toyed briefly with the idea of shaving my head but decided in the end to try using a bald cap, which I then purchased from Kryolan. I also bought the necessary spirit gum and spirit gum remover.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>A few days before the event I started preparing the bald cap. I very gingerly started cutting away the excess as I didn't want to cut too much away. I left it so that I had a roughly the right shape and size, with holes for my ears to go through.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>After a few more discussions we finalised all the deatils and decided that all the real mannequins and me, the living mannequin, would wear black caps; I still wanted to try the bald cap to see how it would look. The mannequins were then ordered with and extra stand and so were the coveralls from <a href="&#226;&#128;&#156;https://www.dickiesworkwear.com&#226;&#128;&#157;">Dickies Workwear.</a></p>&#13;&#10;<p><strong>On the evening of the Ball</strong></p>&#13;&#10;<p>I arrived at 6 PM in plenty of time as the ball wasn't starting until 9 PM. I was taken around the grounds, which seemed vast at first, and then shown where I would be performing and changing.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I then discovered that the shoe covers hadn't arrived and all the mannequins were barefoot. This left me with a bit of a dilemma, wear shoes and stand out? or go barefoot? I decided that wearing shoes would stand out too much, so I decided I would go barefoot, which would mean making-up my feet too. I&#226;&#128;&#153;ve made up my legs on a few occasions before as living mannequin, but usually I prepare by shavingbmy legs first.</p>&#13;&#10;<p><strong>Make-up</strong></p>&#13;&#10;<p>Around 6:30 I decided to start the make-up and started on my feet, these took about 30 minutes and required 3 or 4 layers of latex to get a good strong colour. Then I started working on my head. I fitted the bald cap as described in the instructions, gluing it down using the spirit gum, I was really impressed with the effect. Then I started applying the liquid latex to the bald cap. After I had finished applying a few layers of latex on my head, I started applying the latex to my face and then started working down to my neck. The whole process took 1.5 hours, half an hour longer than normal.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I had a borrowed one of the manikin&#226;&#128;&#153;s heads in order to be able to match the make up as close as I could. The mannequins that had been supplied were quite brown in colour and my more flesh coloured make-up didn't have the same hue, but I had discovered that the chillout mannequin room was lit with low level blue lights, so the colour difference would not be noticed.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I had agreed to do 8&#195;&#151;20 minutes which is longer than I normally do and I was due to finish at 1:00 PM. I actually stood in the room for two hours without a break. Then took a break for about 30 minutes and then stayed in the room until 12:45.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>In the same room was a chocolate fountain which drew in lots of the guests, their reactions were fantastic, most of them were totally fooled.&#194;&#160;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Unfortunately, not many of the guests actually took up the challenge of writing on the mannequins at least not on me which was a bit of a shame although I did get many people taking selfies with me or coming up and touching me to find out if I was a mannequin or not.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>As the evening drew on, the real manikins had their hats and sometimes the body parts removed or rearranged which was quite amusing, many of them had lost the caps by the end of the evening, or arms and heads; I mirrored this by removing my cap and replacing it awkwardly on my head or at the end of my outstretched arm.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>In conclusion, it was a great evening for me and the college, with a huge number of scares; everyone I spoke to said I was amazing, and it was such a great idea.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>[image live-mannequin-fitzwilliam-college-cambridge-winter-ball-make-up-1.jpg/]</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[image live-mannequin-fitzwilliam-college-cambridge-winter-ball-make-up-2.jpg/]&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[image live-mannequin-fitzwilliam-college-cambridge-winter-ball-make-up-3.jpg/][clear]&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/living-mannequin-make-up-effect-development.html 2018-10-24T19:43:38Z 2018-11-04T20:48:59Z Living Mannequin make-up effect development

History of my living mannequin make-up effects

&#13;&#10;<p>When I first started as a living mannequin, I used to use a water based make-up (Aquacolor from Kryolan); this was great to use and easy to apply with a damp sponge. The only issue I found was that in Summer or under the hot lighting on an exhibition stand, the make-up would start to run as I started to perspire, which would then require regular re-application of the make-up.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[image mannequin-man-make-up.jpg/]After a number of years of using Aquacolor, I started looking for an alternative. Whilst in the Charles Fox shop in London (now Kroylan), I purchased and later experimented with some oil based Kroylan (paint stick) theatrical make-up, or panstick as it is know generically. This make-up doesn't run when you sweat, which is great. In order to give a more plastic mannequin effect, I used it without the fine powder powder that would normally be applied to seal it. This did mean that anything you wore would get make-up on it, especially on the collar. I later discovered some clear sealing liquid that can be applied to minimise this, without losing too much of the mannequin shininess effect.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I continued to use various pan-stick colours for many years, initially quite dark shades, one called beige tan, progressing then to lighter skin tones, as the vogue for mannequin colouration changed with the years.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Then one day I had a requirement to create a CPR dummy character for some basic life support training. I looked around to see what I could find on the internet, and thought initially that I would use the rubber face off a real CPR dummy. I obtained a couple of CPR dummy faces from manufactures, but found that the dummy faces were too small. My next thought was to make my own out of latex.<br />&#13;&#10;I thought of making a mould of my face and then pouring latex in it to make a mask, as they do in prosthetic make-up, but it was all starting to seem a little too complex. Then I thought, what if I applied the latex to my face directly.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[image cpr9.jpg/]Using normal latex on your skin is not a good idea because it contains a lot of ammonia, which will burn your skin, however I discovered that you could buy low ammonia liquid latex. Initially I could only get hold of a bright pink colour. I tried applying this liquid latex to all of my &#13;&#10;face, and the effect was pretty good, although I quickly learnt that if you get the latex in your eyes, they water and ruin the make-up, which used to happing a lot in the early days.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>I looked around again on the internet and experimented with various brands of liquid latex, some very &#13;&#10;odd colours, but eventually I found more skin tones. I tried at one point to used clear latex and to colour it, but if I used a powder for colouration I needed to use a large amount, to achieve a strong colour, which was costly, and if I used liquids for colouration, then the latex would get too liquid/runny and be much harder to apply.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The liquid latex make-up is applied in layers with a sponge. Each layer &#13;&#10;must have dried before the next layer is applied, a hair-dryer can be &#13;&#10;used to speed up the process. The first layer I tend to pat on, while &#13;&#10;the latter layers I tend to wipe on. I usually apply 5 or 6 layers which&#13;&#10; can take from about 45 to 50 minutes for a basic covering. The sponges &#13;&#10;soon start to get sticky and will pull the latex off if you keep using &#13;&#10;them. I normally get through 3 or 4 for each application. &#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[image air-raid-precautions-arp-warden-ww2-exhibit-essex-fire-museum_10.jpg/]These days I don't use panstick for my living mannequin make-up and I prefer to use liquid latex in order to get the most realistic mannequin effect. To achieve the colour I now mix various skin shades with white liquid latex, in order to achieve the exact colour I'm looking for.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I've been asked to supply both totally black and totally white living mannequins. To achieve the white living mannequin effect, many more coats of latex need to be applied to achieve a strong white colour covering. <br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<br clear="all" />&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<iframe id="ytplayer" type="text/html" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gsx0YYWmfoQ?autoplay=0&modestbranding=1" width="300" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/behind-the-scenes-with-the-living-mannequins-screwfix-live-2017.html 2017-12-10T15:36:38Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Behind The Scenes With The Living Mannequins Screwfix Live 2017

Living mannequins hired for Screwfix live event

&#13;&#10;<p>In order to match the real mannequins on the stand, I'd been asked to use white make-up. Screwfix had requested two male mannequins so I teamed up with a living mannequin performer friend of mine, Denis.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>These days I prefer to use liquid latex in order to get the most realistic mannequin effect. One disadvantage with using white latex is that it requires many more coats to achieve a strong white colour covering. Denis had opted to shave his head, (that's dedication) so his latex make-up took longer to apply, whereas I had already made a white latex wig, which made my make-up application slightly quicker.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The event ran over three days and had many thousands of visitors, with a huge footfall past the stand we were on. We each stood on a different corner of the stand. The reactions were amazing, and many selfies with the living mannequins were taken. </p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/living-work-wear-mannequin-for-a-day-in-kingston-upon-thames.html 2017-09-24T17:52:58Z 2018-10-25T19:16:00Z Living work wear mannequin for a day in Kingston-upon-Thames

&#13;&#10;<p>From time to time, when I come across a shop that has a regular&#13;&#10;mannequin in its window, or preferably standing outside, I like to set myself a&#13;&#10;challenge, and see if I can replace that mannequin. Firstly, it&#226;&#128;&#153;s very satisfying&#13;&#10;after taking care to match the mannequin&#226;&#128;&#153;s colour, make-up and pose, to initially&#13;&#10;not be noticed; Then there is the reaction when the mannequin moves; often as&#13;&#10;not, the footfall is local, and they&#226;&#128;&#153;ve seen this mannequin for years, and tend&#13;&#10;to ignore it, but when it&#226;&#128;&#153;s started to wave to you or said &#226;&#128;&#156;Good morning&#226;&#128;&#157;, the look&#13;&#10;on their faces is one of total disbelief and bemusement.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>I came across Kenneth Gee work wear web site and this looked&#13;&#10;perfect. The shop had had three mannequins standing outside for many years. I&#13;&#10;drove up to the shop one day in the summer and spoke to the owner, who said it&#13;&#10;would be fine for me to take the place of one of the mannequins.[image work-wear-mannequins.jpg/]</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>The Shop was a family run business that had been there&#13;&#10;since the 50&#226;&#128;&#153;s, but unfortunately was due to close down in December.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>The mannequins are dressed in various types of work-wear.&#13;&#10;One mannequin was dressed in a red boiler-suit which had a great faded look from&#13;&#10;years of being outside in all weathers. To add to the authenticity, and to blend in, I like to&#13;&#10;wear the actual clothing that the mannequin has been wearing.&#194;&#160; </p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>This was in July, and still a bit hot, so I waited until&#13;&#10;the weather cooled and the forecast didn&#226;&#128;&#153;t indicate rain. It's now September, so the day for me to go there is set,&#13;&#10;Saturday&#226;&#128;&#153;s are their busiest day and there is a popular butcher&#226;&#128;&#153;s next door. I arrive&#13;&#10;just after 10:15 after a lengthy trip around the north circular, where I meet&#13;&#10;the shop assistant. The Shop is cavernous in side, old school, with piles of work&#13;&#10;wear as far as the eye can see.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>After deciding where I could change, and more importantly,&#13;&#10;where I could plug in my hair dryer, necessary to dry the latex, I indicated to&#13;&#10;the assistant that it was the mannequin currently outside in the middle position&#13;&#10;that I wanted to replace; she then brought it in to the shop and stared&#13;&#10;removing its clothing.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>[image kenneth-gee-workwear-shop.jpg/]I then started preparing for the hour long process to apply&#13;&#10;the latex make-up and latex wig. During this process I popped out a few times to&#13;&#10;look the mannequin to compare the skin tone and its general look so as to get the make-up&#13;&#10;as close as I could. I had noticed that the mannequins clearly had had a few&#13;&#10;knocks and bumps over the years. I used a silver pencil to on my nose, chin and&#13;&#10;eye, to mimic where the mannequin had been damaged, and to give a more authentic&#13;&#10;used mannequin look.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>After the make-up was finished, I tried on the&#13;&#10;boiler-suit, it was a bit snug, but it looked great. I purposefully didn&#226;&#128;&#153;t wear&#13;&#10;shoes, as the other mannequins just had socks on, in hindsight, this was a bit&#13;&#10;hard on the feet, but the effect was important.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>The night before, I&#226;&#128;&#153;d made up some gloves with latex, but&#13;&#10;I wasn&#226;&#128;&#153;t too happy with them as they looked a bit too wrinkly.<br />&#13;&#10; So I&#226;&#128;&#153;m ready to go, but there were a few people outside,&#13;&#10;so I waited a few moments until the coast was clear slipped out and stood next to one of the mannequins.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The work-wear shop is next to a butchers, so there was a constant stream of people passing-by; all in all a fun day.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/my-three-days-orange-fall-arrest-test-dummy-ikargb-safety-health-expo-2016.html 2016-06-24T14:39:51Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z My Three Days As An IKAR Orange Fall Arrest Test Dummy at Safety & Eealth Expo 2016

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

&#13;&#10;<p>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 test dummies as possible using latex prosthetic make-up.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I'd spent a few weeks before the exhibition developing the make-up, trying to get a good colour match and making an orange latex bald wig and gloves to complete the dummy look; but you never know with new make-up effects, especially if you are matching other mannequins or dummies, what is going actually going to work on the day, so past experience has taught me, is to always bring a few make-up options.</p>&#13;&#10;<p> I'd found that the orange latex that I had sourced needed lots of layers to get a good orange effect. After a few colour tests, I used a combination of white and orange liquid latex, Kryolan orange pan stick and Kryolan aquacolour. The aquacolour turned out to be the best match to the dummies, after applying the the base layer if latex, I then applied a layer of the orange liquid latex to get the right plastic shiny dummy effect.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p><br />&#13;&#10; </p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-reprising-the-role-of-the-mechanical-waving-mannequin-at-the-american-car-wash.html 2016-06-12T10:11:06Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Reprising The Role Of The Mechanical Waving Mannequin At The American Car Wash

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

&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>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.</p>&#13;&#10;<p> It was really great to see the entusastic reactions from the passing motorists and passengers, most of who would wave back when I waved to then in a mechanical manner then becoming a more human wave as they passed. Some even drove round twice as they went sure if I was a real mannequin or not.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/living-mannequin-blog-more-mannequin-antics-at-essex-fire-museum.html 2016-04-03T11:32:10Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z More mannequin antics at Essex Fire Museum

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;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 got the most interest, so I would be reprising my role as the ARP warden, and taking the current mannequin's place again.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I needed to be ready and in position for for 9:40 am, so I got up early and decided to put some of my make-up on at home to reduce the time it would take at the museum. The areas that take the time are the eyebrows, as they need quite a lot of latex, and therefore time to dry, and fitting the bald cap. The bald caps I make myself, and I have quite a few now; some of them have worked better than others.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The first thing I had to do was mix up the latex. I normally use a Kryolan flesh 4W liquid latex make-up, but this is too dark in this instance, as most of the mannequins in the museum are very pale pink or white. I get round this by&#194;&#160; mixing in a bit of white latex; Unfortunately this make the latex a bit too runny and harder to apply, and I can't seem to find a thicker white latex.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I then worked on my eyebrows, not forgetting to put Vaseline on them first (that's a good way to lose them). After this I fitted the bald cap. I use a bald cap because none of the mannequins at the museum have wigs, and this allows me to blend in. I then applied some more latex around my ears and at the join of the bald cap. After the latex make-up had completely dried, I was ready to go, but I then had to find something to wear on my head to cover up the make-up, as I needed to drive to the Museum, which is about 25 minutes away, so I found myself a woolly hat, pulled right over my ears so that no one would notice the bald cap and make-up, finishing off the ensemble with some dark sunglasses.</p>&#13;&#10;<p> There was quite a bit of traffic on the A13, so I arrived a few minutes after 9:00, which only gave me about 40 mins to apply the rest of the make-up, get into the ARP mannequin's uniform, and get into position. It was a chilly day, so I quickly made my way to the changing area. Then, while the ARP mannequin was being undressed and removed, I finished applying the rest of the latex make-up; When this was fully dried, I highlighted my cheeks and lips with some red make-up to get that realistic mannequin effect. &#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>It was now 9:40 and the first visitors for the tour were starting to arrive. I had to wait until they had moved out of sight, so that I could get into place without being seen. I was going to be standing in a slightly different place this time. On previous occasions, I was standing in the corner which meant I had to climb over a box to get into place; this proved to be difficult sometimes, especially if I wanted to get into position quickly. The new position is more exposed, which will make it harder for me not to be detected, as this position can be seen more clearly from more angles. When the opportunity struck I took my position in the WWII scene with the other mannequins.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[image auton.jpg/]&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p> The tour had been going for about 30 minutes, and I had been standing still for that long, with very little opportunity to move. The the tour finally arrived at the section I was in and the guide started talking about the incendiary bombs end&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I was really pleased that no one had sussed even though they had all been looking directly at me. The guide them came round and stood in front of me and stated explaining about the WWII&#194;&#160; wardens and...<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p> He then asked one of the children to come round because he said he thought one of the mannequins might be real I took this as my cue to suddenly come alive with a big "boo" which went down really well.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>For the afternoon session, I decided that rather than using the mass reveal, I waited until the visitors started looking round the museum on their own. When they went past, I stated waiving, pretended that someone was pulling the mannequin's arm with fishing wire, mimicking some of the tricks played on the youngsters earlier on in the tour, where toy baby Easter chicks were appearing using the same technique.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>This proved to work really well, although harder for me, as I had to stay still for longer. On seeing the mannequin waving, the parents would initially say "Look, the mannequins waving at you", after a few more waves I would smile, and then the parents and children would look puzzled, eventually catching on to what was going on, and then saying. "Have you been there all this time?", "But I was looking straight at you earlier on, I didn't realise because you didn't move at all!" &#194;&#160; &#194;&#160; <br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>This was a very tough day, having to keep totally still for so long, without blinking, was a stretch, but it was also immensely satisfying.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/my-day-as-a-mannequin-exhibit-at-the-essex-fire-museum.html 2015-08-13T10:08:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z My day as a Mannequin Exhibit at the Essex Fire Museum

Family Fun day at the Essex Fire Museum

&#13;&#10;<p>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 station, but there were clear signs to the museum's car park, which I followed and parked up. I entered the museum through one of the open&#13;&#10;shutters. The first thing I noticed was that although the museum is&#13;&#10;not vast, it is packed with exhibits, the most impressive being the collection&#13;&#10;of vintage fire engines. I met the coordinator and we set about a quick tour around the&#13;&#10;museum. <br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The main reason for my visit was to plan ahead for H!, as this&#13;&#10;will be the perfect time to spring a surprise on museum visitors. My goal was to&#13;&#10;find a good position to stand, ideally taking the position of an existing&#13;&#10;mannequin, wearing the mannequins clothing. The position needed to be not too secluded, whilst still in the main flow of&#13;&#10;visitor traffic, but not out in the open, as that would give the game away to&#13;&#10;everyone once the surprise had been spring. I also wanted to get a feel for the&#13;&#10;place and suggested getting made-up as a mannequin to try a few of the&#13;&#10;potential locations and see the visitors' reactions. <br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>After about 10 minutes of looking around the museum, I found two potential locations.</p>&#13;&#10;<h4>Fire Fighter</h4>&#13;&#10;<p>[event firefighter-uniform-exhibit-at-the-essex-fire-museum.html/]The first, in one corner&#13;&#10;was with a collection mannequins wearing Fire-fighter's uniforms through the&#13;&#10;ages; one of the mannequins was wearing a uniform form the 70's, just like Fireman&#13;&#10;Sam, with yellow PVC over trousers, blue tunic and a yellow cork helmet. I&#13;&#10;thought this would be a great position to take for H! because the&#13;&#10;visitors would be taken around and I'd be standing close to the group, so could&#13;&#10;scare the living daylights out of them.</p>&#13;&#10;[clear]&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<h4>ARP Warden</h4>&#13;&#10;<p>[event arp-warden-uniform-exhibit-at-the-essex-fire-museum.html/]The other position I noticed was in the other corner of&#13;&#10;the museum in a World War II diorama showing the uniforms worn by the Auxiliary&#13;&#10;Fire Precautions (ARP) Wardens. The display consisted five mannequins all wearing&#13;&#10;different types of uniform issued from through the war. One mannequin in the centre,&#13;&#10;was wearing a blue ARP boilersuit overall which looked fairly large which I thought would fit me and would not be too hot and uncomfortable wear Since today's audience was going to be mainly small children, I thought replacing the centre ARP mannequin would probably work the best as there was a trailer fire pump in front of the mannequins, which would create distance between&#13;&#10;me and the visitors helping the younger visitors to feel less scared&#13;&#10;when I moved.</p>&#13;&#10;[clear]&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>We then moved the mannequin out of the display and proceeded&#13;&#10;to remove his clothing; and of course, for anyone who has dressed or undressed&#13;&#10;and mannequin, there was the normal comedy moment when the mannequin's arms fell&#13;&#10;off. The boots seem to be stuck fast, but I had my own, so that was not an&#13;&#10;issue.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<h4>Putting on the make-up</h4>&#13;&#10;<p>I then went off to get changed. It took me a bit longer than normal, probably just over an hour, to get&#13;&#10;made-up. I had noticed that all the mannequins were very pale and I had decided to try and match their&#13;&#10;colour as close as I could, so I had specifically bought some white liquid latex, which I had just sourced on the internet. As a base, I used some of my Kryolan skin coloured one liquid latex (W3) to which I added some white to get a lighter shade.&#13;&#10;Unfortunately the result was very runny, it wasn't going on smoothly and wasn't&#13;&#10;very sticky. After 15 minutes I decided to abandon this approach and had to remove&#13;&#10;all the latex that had been applied and start again. This time I tried using some darker Kryolan latex (W4), which is thicker for some reason, as the base and added less white. This worked a&#13;&#10;lot better and the application was much smoother, although the colour was more pink. After a further 30 minutes, I'd finished applying the&#13;&#10;latex to my face but the hair piece, also latex, wasn't sticking at the back; I&#13;&#10;usually use a hair-dryer for this, but the changing room didn't have a socket,&#13;&#10;and there was nowhere else practical to change.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>After waiting for the make-up to finally dry, I started to&#13;&#10;get dressed, first putting on the ARP Warden's boilersuit, then my boots. Then I put on green scarf and the gas mask bag around my neck, finally topping it off with the wardens black, steel helmet. I tried using the strap on the helmet, but it was too tight and squashed the latex too much wrinkling it, spoiling the effect.</p>&#13;&#10;<h4>Getting into place</h4>&#13;&#10;<p> Just as I was about to go out to the museum I heard some children's&#13;&#10;voices outside, "drat", I thought, I'm not going to be able to get into position without being seen. I waited for a while and then tried to make a dash to the corner, but there were some obstacles to get over to get into the scene with the other mannequins, and unfortunately, some of the children saw me moving into place. Children being children, were not being very discrete and were&#13;&#10;giving the game away and soon there was a crowd, all looking at me. During this time I stood motionless, not blinking. Some of them stated shouting, "Are you real?"&#194;&#157;,&#13;&#10;as they began to doubt that I had ever moved. I let the audience disperse slightly and then gave some of the children a wave. A few of the children found me a bit scary, but if I&#13;&#10;waved to them in a friendly manner, suddenly their eyes lit up, and they would wave back enthusiastically, waiting for me to respond. They would frequently come back and wave at me expecting&#13;&#10;me to wave back which sometimes I did, but sometimes I would remain motionless. On numerous occasions there were large crowds of expectant children, all waving&#13;&#10;at me, waiting for some sort of response.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>One of the things that I found very satisfying was when a new group came past and commented on the mannequins, without realising that I was real. As part of the activities, there was a quiz, so families would stand and scrutinise the scene, looking for clues, so I had to hold the pose and not blink for ages.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p>Unfortunate at about 13:00 the heavens opened with a heavy downpour&#194;&#160; which pretty much cleared out the museum, apart from a few families. This was a good opportunity to try out one of the other mannequins position's, specifically the fireman that I had seen earlier. We then started to undress the mannequin, removing his blue tunic and helmet, and then we tried to remove his yellow over trousers; this wasn't easy as the boots were firmly stick again, so they found me some alternative trousers. After changing into the fireman's kit, I took my position with the other mannequins in fire-fighter kit. One child, who had been fascinated with me earlier,&#13;&#10;asked me to play a trick on his father, who had just arrived to pick him up. So I go into the mannequin stance, and waited. The father looked like he was going&#13;&#10;to walk past me, so I jumped out to surprise him, to the child's delight.</p>&#13;&#10;<h4>Conclusion</h4>&#13;&#10;<p>In conclusion, a great day, great reactions, only spoilt slightly by English weather. I also concluded that the Fireman's uniform display would be a great position to stand for H! as I'll be quite close to the audience and be able to give them a good scare, because frankly, that's what it's is all about.</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/mannequin_at_the_gosport_diving_museum_blog.html 2015-05-28T22:49:09Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z My day as a diver mannequin exhibit at the Diving Museum Gosport

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

&#13;&#10;<p>On the way to the museum I passed the car wash where I had performed previously as a mechanical a waving mannequin.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>We'd decided on two costumes, one a traditional canvas diving suit and the other, a modern diver wearing a Subsea 7 overall. I also decided to use the flesh coloured Kryolan latex rather than try and match the white mannequins.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Everyone at the Museum was fantastic and there were some great reactions from the public as I suddenly moved or spoke to them as they stood by the exhibit for a photo.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The most satisfying part for me was when I was dressed as a modern diver, and one of the guides, while I was sitting amongst the other exhibits, calmly pointed me out and said that&#13;&#10;this is one of our modern divers, the couple he'd been showing around looked me up and down for a few minutes, and then moved onto the next exhibit, about five minutes later I got up and started walking past them,&#13;&#10;and they were quite shocked, "We thought you were a dummy" &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog_machine_mart_mannequin_at_the_london_marathon_2015.html 2015-05-03T16:11:28Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Blog - Machine mart mannequin at the London Marathon 2015

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

&#13;&#10;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 got quite a shock when I started talking to them, please check out the video on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyXzulWL4is">YouTube</a><br />&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/dickie_mackay_raises_funds_for_bbc_children_in_need.html 2014-11-21T12:52:49Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Dickie Mackay Raises Funds for BBC Children in Need

Dickies workwear website has article on performance for Children in Need

&#13;&#10;<a href="http://www.dickiesworkwear.com/en/workwear/news/dickie-mackay-raises-funds-bbc-children-need">www.dickiesworkwear.com/en/workwear/news/dickie-mackay-raises-funds-bbc-children-need</a>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/another_day_in_the_life_of_dickie_mackay_the_mannequin.html 2014-11-15T11:43:24Z 2018-10-24T22:01:35Z Another day in the life of Dickie Mackay, the mannequin

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

<p>It never fails to surprise me how famous the mannequin is that stands stoically, through rain and shine, outside the Mackay's store.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Dickie the mannequin is notorious in Cambridge, and held with a great fondness by the locals. There is also a shared belief that he is actually a 'real' person, and whenever I substitute for him, and come to life, this belief is only reinforced as I always hear "I always thought you were a real person".<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>One of the reasons for my visit was to try out some new make-up that better matched Dickies skin-tone. I had bought some clear liquid latex, and a powder colourant additive in ivory. The new make-up worked well visually but needed a lot of the colourant to make the colour strong enough, and took longer to put on as it was thinner, and consequently required more layers to be applied.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>It was pouring with rain, so no opportunity to stand outside to test the new make-up. We did however re shoot some of the building of the tower sequences, that I did last time.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I'd also heard that my piece shot of me dancing for Children in Need with Naomi from <a href="http://www.dance-matters.co.uk">www.dance-matters.co.uk</a> was on their website, and that Naomi would be dancing with Pudsey at the Grand Arcade shopping centre for children in need. Neil Mackay, the MD of Mackay of Cambridge, very generously offered to match any donations to Children In Need, so we popped down to the shopping centre, and I stood taking donations and "surprise selfies" to great reactions.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Great atmosphere, Great Day !<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p><br />&#13;&#10;</p>

http://www.mannequin-man.com/reprising_the_role_of_the_dickie_mackay_mannequin.html 2014-10-15T11:43:24Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Reprising the role of the Dickie Mackay mannequin

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

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;Had a great day at the Mackays open day, very tiring but very enjoyable.<br />&#13;&#10;Arrived early to beat the Cambridge rush-hour traffic and got made-up.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I spent most of the day at the back entrance, surprising people as they came into the shop from the car park with surprises prizes. Later on in the day I met and was interview by Terry Gauci from <a href="http://www.star107.co.uk/starbreakfast.php">Cambridge Star Radio</a>, who was following the Apprentice show format, and had to build a scaffold tower to keep his "job", needless to say, he got fired.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Later on we filmed a dance piece with Naomi from <a href="http://www.dance-matters.co.uk">www.dance-matters.co.uk</a> that will hopefully be shown on Children in need, (didn't know I could waltz). Then I got to build the scaffold platform tower myself, video to follow.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/video_on_youtube_going_viral2.html 2014-09-20T15:00:57Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Video on YouTube going viral - Update

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

&#13;&#10;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXgzuxxEos">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXgzuxxEos</a>

http://www.mannequin-man.com/sehauc_streetworks_event_blog.html 2014-09-17T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z SEHAUC Streetworks mannequin Bunzl Greenham stand

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

&#13;&#10;Arrived early, and had a separate place to change, so decided to use the latex make-up.<br clear="all" />&#13;&#10;

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http://www.mannequin-man.com/video_on_youtube_going_viral.html 2014-09-04T19:42:51Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Video on YouTube going viral

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

&#13;&#10;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXgzuxxEos">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXgzuxxEos</a>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/spent_the_day_as_dickie_mackay_the_cambridge_dickies_sponsored_mannequin.html 2014-08-23T12:36:25Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Spent the day as Dickie Mackay, the Cambridge Dickies sponsored mannequin

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.

&#13;&#10;Had a great day, as Dickie, standing outside Mackays in Cambridge. Great reactions from the public, and loads of great reactions caught on video<br />&#13;&#10;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/mannequinman/videos">YouTube Videos</a>&#13;&#10;<br clear="all" />&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/mannequin_left_on_stairs_wearing_drysuit_at_rya_dinghy_show.html 2013-03-03T11:30:19Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z RYA Dinghy Show - Mannequin left on the stairs

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

&#13;&#10;<p>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 was about to change on my way back to the dressing room, when I noticed that some of the exhibitors, planning an early escape, were using the same stairs to take kit back to the car park.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I thought it would be quite fun to stand on the stairs, as if someone had abandoned a mannequin there and see what would happen and if anyone would to move me. A few people who had seen me walking about caught on, but most people where convinced I'd just been left there, and quite a few were planing to nip off with me, if I was still there on their next trip, very amusing.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2012-06-17.html 2012-06-17T11:30:19Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Scleral Contact Lenses for a great mannequin eye effect

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

&#13;&#10;<p>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 people with eye problems, e.g. unmatched pupil sizes or iris colours; so unfortunately the first two attempts were too realistic, and not what I was after. However, the last attempt produced just what I wanted, and I've been using them ever since.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Recently I've been using a lot more make-up, combined with the solid wig (noticeable in the waving mannequins) to get a more realistic mannequin, and less human effect. The last remaining issue is the eyes. I've tried creating a cover, but so far that has looked too strange, so I though I'd try scleral lenses. Ideally I would have used lenses of the same colour as the make-up, but I was not able to find any, so the next best option was to use black scleral lenses, as these also hide the eye's pupil.&#13;&#10;[image new mannequin head.jpg/]&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;My first experience of putting in the lenses took longer than I expected, I got the right lens in but just couldn't get the left lens in. Changing the order was the answer, I took the right one out, and then the left one went in very easily, quickly followed by the right one. The order will be a personal preference, and whatever works best for you, but once you know the technique, it's relatively easy to get them in and out.</p>&#13;&#10;<p> I think if you've never worn contact lenses before you might find it a bit odd at first, but it's well worth the effort for the overall effect. They also don't dry out as quickly as normal contact lenses, which is great when you are trying not to blink. (If you've ever worn normal lenses and not blinked you'll know the feeling of having Rice Krispies&#195;&#175;&#194;&#191;&#194;&#189; in your eyes after a while).</p>&#13;&#10;<p>As a general tip, I would recommend putting the lenses in first and then applying your make-up. Well all in all I think the overall effect is really good.<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2012-04-21.html 2012-04-21T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Tomorrow at Machine Mart in wapping at London Marathon 2012

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

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;Please come along and say hello on the 22nd April at the Machine Mart store, 100 The Highway, Limehouse, London E1W 2AZ&#13;&#10; </p>&#13;&#10;<dl class="place-box_info__list">&#13;&#10; <dd>&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<div class="place-box_info__list__directions">&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<div id="NearbyTubes"> &#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p class="place-directions_head">&#194;&#160;&#13;&#10; Tube:&#13;&#10; </p>&#13;&#10; <ul class="TubesListV2 place-directions_content__list">&#13;&#10; <li>Limehouse DLR Station <small>(0.5 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10; <li>Shadwell DLR Station <small>(0.7 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10;</ul>&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<div id="NearbyStations">&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p class="place-directions_head">&#194;&#160;&#13;&#10; Nearby stations:&#13;&#10; </p>&#13;&#10; <ul class="TubesListV2 place-directions_content__list">&#13;&#10; <li>Rotherhithe Station <small>(1.0 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10; <li>South Bermondsey Station <small>(1.2 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10;</ul>&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10; </dd>&#13;&#10;</dl>&#13;&#10;<iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=+&q=100+The+Highway,+Limehouse,+London+E1W+2AZ+&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=100+The+Hwy,+London+E1W+2AZ,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=14&ll=51.509349,-0.061678&output=embed" scrolling="no" width="425" height="350" frameborder="0"></iframe><br />&#13;&#10;<small><a href="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=+&q=100+The+Highway,+Limehouse,+London+E1W+2AZ+&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=100+The+Hwy,+London+E1W+2AZ,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=14&ll=51.509349,-0.061678" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2012-03-23.html 2012-03-24T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Machine Mart mannequin at London Marathon 2012

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

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;Please come along and say hello on the 22nd April at the Machine Mart store, 100 The Highway, Limehouse, London E1W 2AZ&#13;&#10; </p>&#13;&#10;<dl class="place-box_info__list">&#13;&#10; <dd>&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<div class="place-box_info__list__directions">&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<div id="NearbyTubes"> &#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p class="place-directions_head">&#194;&#160;&#13;&#10; <strong>Tube:&#13;&#10;</strong> </p>&#13;&#10; <ul class="TubesListV2 place-directions_content__list">&#13;&#10; <li>Limehouse DLR Station <small>(0.5 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10; <li>Shadwell DLR Station <small>(0.7 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10;</ul>&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<div id="NearbyStations">&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<p class="place-directions_head">&#194;&#160;&#13;&#10; <strong>Nearby stations:&#13;&#10; </strong></p>&#13;&#10; <ul class="TubesListV2 place-directions_content__list">&#13;&#10; <li>Rotherhithe Station <small>(1.0 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10; <li>South Bermondsey Station <small>(1.2 km)</small></li>&#13;&#10;</ul>&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10; &#13;&#10; &#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10; </dd>&#13;&#10;</dl>&#13;&#10;<iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=+&q=100+The+Highway,+Limehouse,+London+E1W+2AZ+&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=100+The+Hwy,+London+E1W+2AZ,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=14&ll=51.509349,-0.061678&output=embed" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" height="350" width="425"></iframe><br />&#13;&#10;<small><a href="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=+&q=100+The+Highway,+Limehouse,+London+E1W+2AZ+&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=100+The+Hwy,+London+E1W+2AZ,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=14&ll=51.509349,-0.061678" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2012-03-24.html 2012-03-24T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Repeat on Pick TV - Part 3

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

&#13;&#10;Episode where I'm on Bid TV with Andrew Stone<br />&#13;&#10;<ul>&#13;&#10; <li>24th March at 18:00<br />&#13;&#10;<strong>Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Series 1, show 8</strong><br />&#13;&#10;<span style="font-size: x-small; "><br />&#13;&#10;</span></li>&#13;&#10;</ul>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2012-02-20.html 2012-02-20T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Repeat on Pick TV - Part 2

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

&#13;&#10;<ul>&#13;&#10; <li>25th February at 18:00<br />&#13;&#10;<strong>Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Series 1</strong><br />&#13;&#10;<span style="font-size: x-small; ">&#13;&#10;The dance teacher makes headway with his revue show, and decides to cast his eight-year-old cousin Darcy, while Andrew has a makeover to bolster his bid for pop stardom. The Dreamboys begin their search for the next big bronzed beefcake, and there is an insight into the <strong>world of living statues</strong></span></li>&#13;&#10;</ul>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2012-01-30.html 2012-01-30T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Repeat on Pick TV

Pick TV are repeating Louie Spence's Showbusiness

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;Starting 19:00 Saturday 4th Feb - Series 1. Episode 1/13</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Then repeated Sunday 17:00</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2012-01-07.html 2012-01-07T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Harry Hill's TV Burp (Best Of)

They used the clip on the best of on TV today

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;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.. <br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc8Oofpl6ZI">Harry Hill Clip of mark the mannequin on YouTube @2:48</a> &#13;&#10;<p>There will be more funny looks on the Tube again on Monday.</p>&#13;&#10;<p><br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-10-22.html 2011-10-22T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z American Car Wash Mechanical Mannequin Kings Cross

The American Car Wash Company's Waving Mannequin Returns

&#13;&#10;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 anyone noticed. Apparently he's quite popular, and one of the most photographed mannequins in London, probably because people are intrigued by his beckoning wave.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Firstly, the outfit was filthy from dirt accumulated from may years standing outside. The day-glo material had really faded, and was actually disintegrating, due to many years of sun damage. In order to originally fit the trousers on to the mannequin, they had been cut down the seems of the legs, and then glued back together; So that I could wear them, we improvised, and stapled the seems back together.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;They gave me a similar pair of Wellingtons, and some of the blue gloves, that the mannequin normally wears. I then went upstairs, to start the process of making-up. It normally takes about an hour to get the make-up on, and then about 10 minutes to fit the wig; blending it in with more latex, so there are no visible joins. (In the past, I've lost far too may eyebrows when removing the make-up, so I always now use plenty of Vaseline, and cover them with a layer of tissue if possible, as this aids with the removal.)&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The actual mannequin stood on a large silver box, and as I wanted to emulate him as far as possible, I elected to do the same, although I knew it would make it more difficult to interact with pedestrians, but easier with motorists, which was the point.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Simulating the mannequins movement was quite hard, as he has a beckoning action, with his other arm outstretched (annoyingly, after I looked at the videos, I realised I swapped the arm movements over, and it should have been the left arm doing the beckoning). Doing this for an extended period was very tiring, and sometimes I reverted to the waving action, which actually got more of a response, i.e., people actually waved back.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;In my previous blog I mentioned that the mannequin, affectionately know as Michael, was due to have some refurbishment. I found out that his new outfit had already been bought, so I thought it would be cool to wear it and see if it got a better reaction. Well the yellow colour of the outfit worked really well against the blue wall and the red sign, and I got a lot more notice.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-10-15.html 2011-10-15T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z American Car Wash Waving Dummy #2

American Car Wash Waving Dummy #2

&#13;&#10;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.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I'm still amazed at how many people will wave back at what they believe to be an inanimate object, even if it is waving at them. Also had some great reactions when I waved back in a more human like way or twisted round as they passed, keeping my eyes on them. Had a few hi fives from the guys; a few of which were very shocked when I moved to catch their hand.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Even saw Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon) drive past&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-10-05.html 2011-10-05T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Bunzl Greenham - Health and Safety North 11

Bunzl Greenham - Health and Safety North 11

&#13;&#10;As soon as I arrived in the exhibition hall, I knew it was going&nbsp;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 people, it wasn't going to get any cooler&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The Orange suit you can see here is not breathable, as it is designed to protect the wearer from chemical hazards, so you can imagine it was a bit like a sauna inside. I was also wearing a full face positive pressure respirator. This constantly blew air across my face and made me feel cool, even if I wasn't, which was quite an odd effect.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-10-04.html 2011-10-04T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z American Car Wash Waving Dummy

American Car Wash Waving Dummy

&#13;&#10;In my continuing quest to&nbsp;develop&nbsp;my latest character, the&nbsp;automated&nbsp;waving mannequin, I tracked down a few&nbsp;pictures&nbsp;on the internet of one that was outside the American Car Wash in Kings Cross&#13;&#10;<ul>&#13;&#10; <li><a href="http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/778370">http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/778370</a>.</li>&#13;&#10; <li><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/justincormack/205676246/in/faves-yersinia/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/justincormack/205676246/in/faves-yersinia/</a></li>&#13;&#10;</ul>&#13;&#10;Their waving mannequin was supplied by ADM (cyberquins.com) - &nbsp;<a href="http://www.movingmannequins.co.uk/custom_mannequins.htm">http://www.movingmannequins.co.uk/custom_mannequins.htm</a>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;After speaking to the American Car Wash, I found out that their mannequin "Michael", after many years of waving the public in to the car wash, was in need of some new clothing and a bit of a service.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;So to cut a long story short, I've arrange to go along to the&nbsp;Highgate&nbsp;branch for the day, and act as their waving dummy while "Michael"&nbsp;has a bit of a well earned rest.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-09-24.html 2011-09-24T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Waving car wash mannequin - Gosport Part #2

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.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I had used an older bottle of liquid latex on the wig, so when I finished my make-up, the wig was much darker. To remedy this, I had to quickly cover it in two coats of the more recent latex. This meant I took longer to get ready than I had planned. After fitting the wig, I notice that using more liquid latex, I could blend in the wig with the face and remove any signs of a join, making the effect look even better (more on the consequences of this later).&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;After I finished the make-up, it looked amazing, and I was extremely pleased with the results, and even I found it hard to recognise myself. I also noticed I was getting much stronger reactions from the people around me working at the car wash, than I normally do; some of them were quite spooked, and they didn't like me staring at them.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I'm quite used to this reaction, and to quote the famous bit of me on "Harry Hill's TV Burp" ... "when I disappear", i.e. when I stair through them, and seem not to be alive... but I was getting that reaction without consciously doing anything?&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;There is a hypothesis used in the field of robotics called the "uncanny valley"; this hypothesis says that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes an uneasy response among human observers.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I had a couple of waterproof suits with me, which seemed an appropriate costume for a cash wash mannequin. I wanted to see which one worked best. First I tried a yellow hi-vis one. Yellow hi-vis can blend into green backgrounds, which I think is why rail workers wear orange rather than yellow. I was going to be using my stand and short poles, as I was going to be standing for longer that 20 minutes, and this would allow me to stand for longer periods. &#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I made my way to the spot I had picked out earlier (important to do this before you start), and docked with the stand, and started waving to the on coming traffic. No sooner than I had started, I noticed I was getting really good reactions, most people driving past were looking over, even if I wasn't waving, When I was waving the reaction was even better, they all looked as they drove past. What did amaze me was the number of people, young and old, who are willing to wave back, to what is to all intents and purposes, an inanimate object, al-be-it performing a human action, in a very mechanically stinted way... for all those people I turned it into a really obvious human wave and twisted round to see their reaction as they passed, which was mostly that of amazement.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;What I did learn rather quickly, was that constant waving was very tiring, and I had to swap hands quite regularly. It was quite fun to watch people at the bus stop, and see if they noticed that I'd switched waving hand; With some of then you could tell that they knew something was different but weren't quite sure what.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;After a full day's waving the time came to pack up and remove the make-up. The most difficult bit is normally removing the latex off the eyebrows. In the past, I have been a bit too keen before and lost chunks of them; so now I very carefully use hot water and soap, and ease the latex off. Unfortunately, this time, I'd done a very good job in gluing the wig on to my eyebrows, and couldn't get any warm water in, and I thought I was going to lose them for sure. Fortunately, with some patience, scissors, and warm water, the latex eventually came away, and my supercilious expression was saved.

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-09-22.html 2011-09-22T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Waving car wash mannequin - Gosport Part #1

Waving car wash mannequin - Gosport Part #1

&#13;&#10;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 mannequin. You don't see many of them about these days, but I remember when I was younger, you used to see them all the time, waving to passing motorists, advertising the presence of a car wash; One particular one in at the top of Lea Bridge Road by the Clapton Roundabout in Hackney, sticks in my mind. I believe that they were a hand car washes too; Maybe the rise in popularity of the automatic car wash caused them to disappear. As an aside, for the last couple of years, I had noticed a huge resurgence in hand car washes.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;These mannequins were motorised with a simple arm waving motion, and used to be generally dressed in yellow wet weather gear. I decided to make this character's face and hair all the same colour with the hair, hard and stylised, to look as much like a mannequin as possible.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The first task was to make the wig. I've make a few hard wigs using Papier-m&#195;&#162;ch&#195;&#169;, and generally they have turned out well. Generally I start them out on Dave and then mould them to my own head. This time, I wanted to get a fairly stylised look, so big ridges representing the hair. So after trying a few materials out I struck on the idea of using cling film, twisting it into strings, and layering it on the base. The effect was great but it took many hours to cover the whole wig, so next time I may try untwisting some polypropylene rope as an alternative.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;After the wig was finished, I gave it a few coats of liquid latex, so that it would match my face make-up.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Looking forward to seeing how the new character looks and what reactions I get.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-09-05.html 2011-09-05T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Bunzl Greenham Health and Safety Scotland 11

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

&#13;&#10;Just getting ready for job up in Scotland working for Bunzl&nbsp;Greenham, the&nbsp;safety and&nbsp;workplace&nbsp;supplier. I will be a mannequin on their stand wearing&nbsp;various&nbsp;outfits, so great opportunity for amusement. Will post pictures when I return.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-07-21.html 2011-07-21T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Clancy Docwra Innovation Event #2

Clancy Docwra Innovation Event #2

&#13;&#10;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&nbsp;hadn't&nbsp;seen me yet..&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-07-04.html 2011-07-04T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Volvo employee family day at Head office Duxford #2

Great day, loads of good reactions, but really hot

&#13;&#10;<p>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 lager area with lager trucks and earth movers. I decided to put one of the mannequins in the first area, and the other two in the larger area, where I would stand too.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The 3 Camille mannequins were alreday dressed in their orange overalls, gloves and boots, so all I had to do was place the stands into the correct positions, fit them with their wigs and hard hats, and carry them out to their positions.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Then to my make-up. I had about an hour left before the start, and the latex make-up normally takes about an hour to do. Given the day was to be hot, I decided to go with the pan stick make-up, even though I'd have to keep touching it up throughout the day, but I knew it would be the cooler option (if you sweat too much under the latex, it starts to degrade and comes away from your face).<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>It's 9:55, and I'm made-up and dressed identically to the Camille mannequins, albeit somewhat broader; then I take my place amongst the displays. I'd chosen to stand by a huge dumper truck (the A40F dumper), as that would be very popular with kids and adults alike, as you could climb up and sit in the cab and pretend you were driving it; and yes they were making the "brum brum" noises, and I'm not just talking about the kids.</p>&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-07-02.html 2011-07-02T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Volvo employee family day at Head office Duxford

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

&#13;&#10;We've got three real mannequins (arranged through&nbsp;mannakin.com), plus me this time, so great a opportunity to move around and get some good reactions; just hope its not going to be too hot as I'm planning to use the latex make-up this time, like I did at Volvo FMX event.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-06-29.html 2011-06-29T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Clancy Docwra Innovation Event

Clancy Docwra Innovation Event

&#13;&#10;Had a great day at the&nbsp;Innovation&nbsp;Event held at Clancy Docwra's Head office in Harefield Middlesex.&#13;&#10;Two characters were required, one where I wore&nbsp;Pyjamas&nbsp;and stood by a sink holding a Toothbrush; and the other wearing the new Clancy Docwra uniform. It was quite a hot day, but I decided to use the latex make-up to give a better effect. Most of the activity required me to be outside standing in the sun, so it was not easy to stay cool with the make-up and the safety clothing.&nbsp;Fortunately&nbsp;during the&nbsp;Pyjamas&nbsp;wearing character session there were a few clouds that came&#13;&#10;over to give me the odd rest bite. &nbsp;Pictures coming shortly.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-04-17.html 2011-04-17T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Machine mart Mannequin at London Marathon 2011

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

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;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 wanted to do this for many years, as it's a great opportunity to have fun with all the people that turn up to watch the London Marathon.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>This was the&nbsp;first&nbsp;year I used the latex&nbsp;make-up, which worked really well. (Update: In 2012 I intend to use full latex wig as used in the most recent waving car wash mannequin pictures)&nbsp;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Had loads of fun with passers-by pretending to be a mechanical moving waving dummy. One guy started&nbsp;videoing&nbsp;me on his mobile phone, so I just&nbsp;kept on moving robotically, and didn't let on. I guess he still thinks I was a robot. I also had some fun&nbsp;standing outside the shop, surprising&nbsp;passers-by by smiling or holding out my had, and waiting for some smart Alec to shake it</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Got some great pictures and video which you can see if you follow the event link.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>See me on Facebook mark mannequin man&nbsp;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-04-13.html 2011-04-13T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Daylight Theory Launch Party

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

&#13;&#10;A Great evening at the Embassy in Mayfair, ending up in the after show part in Jewel.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-03-30.html 2011-03-30T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 8 - Show 13 Airing

Well tonight is the final show

&#13;&#10;Wed at 21:00 GMT on Sky 1, Episode 13 of Louie Spence's Show business aired, hope you enjoyed it.&#13;&#10;I'm in a bit with Martin Jordan (Gordon Ramsay) in the corridor, haven't seen it yet but it's supposed to be funny.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-02-05.html 2011-02-05T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Harry Hill's TV Burp

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

&#13;&#10;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&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-01-28.html 2011-01-28T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 6 - The Finale Show

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

&#13;&#10;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, looking like death.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I had mentioned that I didn't really fancy walking past the infants school again, which was on the way to the food truck, as I had a feeling that this was about the time that the kids would be leaving school; and sure enough it was. To make the situation more comical, I was wearing a sandwich board, and I remembered that someone had written on the back "The End Is Nigh". Laughing with the make-up on is not easy!&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-01-26.html 2011-01-26T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 5 - The Airing

Today the show is being aired for the first time

&#13;&#10;Tonight at 21:00 GMT on Sky 1, Episode 4 of Louie Spence's Showbusiness will be aired, enjoy!&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2011-01-04.html 2011-01-04T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 4 - The preview

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

&#13;&#10;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.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The Screening was in the middle of nowhere, and the most straightforward option was a 20 minute walk from Finchley tube station. There was an icy wind blowing, and I soon started to regret my chosen route. I finally arrived, somewhat chilled, but still had plenty of time before the showing. In fact I'm one of the first there, and get introduced to the producer for the first time, and we start to talk about some fears that I have recently had. I had stumbled across an episode of Pineapple Dance Studios (in Oslo of all places), and had noticed that the was a subtle and sometime not so subtle element of sarcasm in the narrative.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;There were some drinks and nibbles, and of course members of the cast a crew including Andrew and Louie. I'd already met Andrew for something we did in one of the next shows, more on that later.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;So the time of the screening arrives, and we all sit down to watch the episode. When I first see myself on the screen, I can only bare to watch through my fingers; a technique I mastered when watching Doctor Who as a child, but fortunately this time, I managed to stay in front of the sofa. It also has to do with a dislike from an early age of appearing in may Dad's Super 8 home movies. The family has reels of film of me briefly frowning and running out of shot; I quickly learnt that the safest place was behind the cameraman.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;So what did I think?.. so nothing on screen is made up, but Michael Buerk's narrative in the first segment did poke fun at me as the implication was I've lived alone with a mannequin called Dave for the past 20 years. With the with second segment, and the humour with Candy Man and my ending comments, you can see that I have a sense of humour, and the whole point is to make people laugh, after all.&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-11-05.html 2010-11-05T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Bloomberg Ad

Day of the shoot

&#13;&#10;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 get ready.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;It takes about an hour to layer on the latex make-up, which goes on without any problems. There is no power socket for a dryer so I just have to be patient and let the latex dry naturally. Once this done, its just a matter of changing into the costume. I had decided not to use my cloth gloves but bring along my matching flesh latex gloves which is just what the director wanted. I also carry a number of spare stickers with me, as they tend to come off the costume with wear.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;After walking through the office to the usually strange looks, I complete the transformation with the new neck piece and red cap. Then we make are way around the corner to the clients premises, where the video is to be shot; again, I get some strange looks, but I'm quite used to it my now.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-11-04.html 2010-11-04T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Bloomberg Ad

Day before the Ad shoot

&#13;&#10;Tomorrow is a shoot for an ad for an investment company that will be shown on the Bloomberg channel.&#13;&#10;The director had been looking for real crash test dummies and had found my website. Real crash test dummies can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds due to the collision instrumentation they contain; also they are not designed to stand or hold objects.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I decided that I wanted to re-design the neck piece, to make it a more three dimensional; I'm very pleased with the results, and its a lot more robust than the old one even though its more restrictive to wear.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Well it's getting late and its an early shoot, so I need to get some shut-eye.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-10-22.html 2010-10-22T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Tricky TV Wicked Wind-up Life Saver - Part 4

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

&#13;&#10;Video now on-line Tricky TV&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-10-20.html 2010-10-20T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Tricky TV Wicked Wind-up Life Saver - Part 3

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

&#13;&#10;The show is due to be broadcast on the CITV channel at 17:00 on 21st October 2010 ...&#13;&#10;That's Tomorrow as I update this, just saw the preview on today's show, can't wait.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I'll put the video up on line&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-10-12.html 2010-10-12T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Mannequin on bid-tv

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

&#13;&#10;<div>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 idea was that I would start of static mannequin and then start moving in a robotic fashion. It sounded fun so I said I'd be up for it.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>The taxi arrives in plenty of time, and I set off to the bid TV studios in Acton. The Studio takes a little bit of finding as it is on an industrial estate, also once we finally find it, there is no one around to let us in; eventually I see someone I recognised from pulse and we are let into the studio.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>I have over an hour to get ready, which is normally plenty of time. We sort out what I will wear and I start on my make-up. I decided to use the liquid latex make-up that I normally use for my CPR character; the only disadvantage is if you get it into your eye, it can all go horribly wrong, as your eyes water with ammonia and then the latex just dissolves, as it did on the Tricky TV shoot; sometimes you just have to pull it all off and start again (Since then I've developed a technique where I leave a gap round the eye and fill this in with the same flesh coloured pan stick. This also means your eyes don't start to hurt after a few hours).&nbsp;&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>The make-up goes on well, and I I&#226;&#128;&#153;m pretty much ready. We now have to decide how to get me into the set during the "live" TV transmission!! I obviously hadn't been paying attention, because they said to me originally, "don't worry if it doesn't work, we can do it again", which lead me to believe that the show was being recorded. So live TV.. and only one chance to get it right....&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>We rope in two stage hands, and find them suitable "moving men" overalls to wear. The options to get me onto the set were 1) being carried on, or 2) being wheeled on, (which is a more controlled option, if you can find a sack trolley robust enough). They find one, but one wheel collapses when I stand on it, after a bit more searching, they manage to find a more robust one, that we decided would be suitable.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>The plan was that I would be moved into position wearing a coat that bid TV are featuring on the show. The presenters are to talk about the coat, and then after 30 seconds, I am to start to move robotically. Pulse would then &nbsp;dub in "Herbie Hancock's Rockit", for use on the &#226;&#128;&#156;Louie Spence's Show Business&#226;&#128;&#157;, but in the studio I wouldn&#226;&#128;&#153;t be able to hear this, so I had previously memorised the tune, and would play it in my head (In the end Pulse used the robotic performer's standard of Kraftwerk).&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>So.. I&#226;&#128;&#153;m waiting in the wings, standing on the trolley. The stage hands are there, we get the signal to go, and they wheel me into shot. Everything works well, and they manage the difficult transition from trolley to floor, that we had practised a few times earlier on, which consisted of one of the stage hands standing in front of me and stopping me from falling over while I&#226;&#128;&#153;m tipped forwards and the trolley is removed, and then pushing me back so I&#226;&#128;&#153;m standing vertically on the set floor.&nbsp;&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>Everything is going well, and I&#226;&#128;&#153;m counting down in my head 30 seconds, ready to start moving&#226;&#128;&#166;. &nbsp;but the presenters are still around me, talking about the coat, which wasn&#226;&#128;&#153;t in the plan&#226;&#128;&#166; so following instructions, I start moving, which startles the presenters a little, but they continue like true professionals; (It's amusing to watch the video to see their reaction). After a couple more sets of robotic movement, the presenters move onto another item, and I simply walk off the set.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-10-04.html 2010-10-04T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 3 - TV Mannequin

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

&#13;&#10;Andrew Stone from Pineapple Dance Studios would be there, and I would be wearing some clothing that there were selling.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The shoot will be on 12th Oct in Acton. The plan is that they will carry me on, and they I will start moving robotic-ally to Herbie Hancock - Rockit&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Sounds fun...&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-09-17.html 2010-09-17T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Another quarry job

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

&#13;&#10;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 would make sure I was in place ahead of the next group, and stand totally motion less during the introduction talk. Then the group would disperse a bit, while they waited to have a go on the machinery, That's when I would pick them off slowly one by one. Of course it always helps when they come right up to you or someone (who knows) sets them up to have a picture taken with you.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-08-31.html 2010-08-31T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z World Statues competition update

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

&#13;&#10;Had a great time and met some great people. The Dutch really appreciate living statues.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Had my reality crew with me for the whole day - doesn't everyone ?&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;<h5>Further Thoughts</h5>&#13;&#10;I would have liked to have won the World living statues competition, but in reality I realised that I had little chance as there was a fundamental difference in what I do as a living mannequin compared to a what were mostly street living statues.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;A Living Mannequin stays still then moves suddenly or robotically, to attract attention, and sometimes quickly enough to cause a big reaction, because the audience don't know they are real, whereas with living statues you kind of know they aren't real, and when you place some token of appreciation in their "hat", they normally "give" you something back, strangely enough, called "the give", which is a small sometimes audience interactive performance.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-08-28.html 2010-08-28T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z World Statues competition update

Flying out to the World Statues competition in Arnhem

&#13;&#10;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 bight sunny morning as I left London; City airport was quite busy with weekend trippers.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I boarded the plane and an hour later I was in Rotterdam airport. I had expected to be met by the taxi driver, but there was no one there. Rotterdam is a small airport like London City, so quick to get through, but its not well connected to a transport infrastructure; there are buses and the odd taxi but no railway station.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I decided to try and ring the driver, as I always make sure I have a contact numbers in case of delayed flights etc. For some reason my phone would not register with the available networks, and it took about half an hour until it finally connected, and at that moment I received and SMS saying the driver was here.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Well the journey to Arnhem was pleasant, but just as we arrived the heavens opened and a taste of what the weekend was going to be like was revealed. I enquired with the driver, and apparently it had been raining constantly for the past week; this didn't bode well for the contest.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The hotel seemed nice and modern; there was evidence that there were other living statues in the hotel from pieces of statue costume stored in the entrance lobby. I checked in and made my way up to my room.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;It had stopped raining so I thought I'd check out the area, have some lunch, and find out where we were suppose to meet tomorrow. I had may with me, and I headed out&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-07-28.html 2010-07-28T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 2

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

&#13;&#10;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' ?&#13;&#10;I suspect some piss taking at my expense will occur here.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The interviewer's questions won't be broadcast, so you have to start your answer with the question you've just been asked, which takes a bit of getting used to and sometimes you just dry after repeating the question; I hope I don't look like a complete dick!&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Apart from that, it all went well. Apparently they got some great video footage of me scaring people at Hillhead... Next event will be the World Living Statues Competition in Armhen on the 28th August. They will be there, filming everything for inclusion in the show.... I hope they get some good footage&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-07-14.html 2010-07-14T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z World Statues Competition

Just been accepted for entry into the World Statues contest.

&#13;&#10;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 generally perform in front of large and very appreciative audiences. There are three main categories Professionals, Amateurs and Children. I have been accepted for the professional competition.... can't wait....&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-06-25.html 2010-06-25T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Video on mannakin tv

Hillhead video added to mannakin tv

&#13;&#10;Roz from mannakin.com has added my Hillhead video to mannakin tv&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-06-24.html 2010-06-24T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Show with real mannequins

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!

&#13;&#10;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, Derbyshire UK.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The idea was to have a couple of mannequins around the equipment and me, dressed in the same clothing.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The two mannequins needed to be realistic, similar with one sitting and the other one standing. They were going to be dressed as road workers, placed around a road laying machine, as if laying a road.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I would take the role of the third mannequin and of course, come alive as visitors passed by, to create some amusement on the stand.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I contacted Roz from mannakin.com, who I'd been talking to only a month or so before about a combined living and mannequin hire scenario. The challenge was to find two matching realistic mannequins, one sitting and one standing.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;We managed to find Lee Sitting and Camille, who were both a good match. I ordered one extra mannequin stand for me and three matching black wigs, so we all looked the same.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;In order to match the make-up, I asked for one of the hands to be sent to me by post (quite gruesome), which I then took along to Kryolan (formally Charles Fox) in Covent Garden in order to match the mannequin colour with the closest matching pan stick make-up.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Three matching sets of protective work wear were ordered, comprising of orange hi-vis overalls, boots, black work gloves, white hard hats and yellow hi-vis padded jackets if it was cold or wet.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The real mannequins were dressed in the safety gear and then placed around the road laying machine, one sitting the cab as the driver, and the other operating the machine at the back; The mannequin standing at the back was placed on a metal stand, using the leg fixing so he could wear the boots, and to stop him falling over, he was secured to the machine by some black tie wraps around his wrist.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;One the first day, I had a closer look at the mannequin's make-up, and matched the cheeks and lips with a darker reddish brown make-up, I then donned all the safety clothing, got a matching tie wrap for my wrist, and placed the matching metal stand at the second operator's position, opposite the standing mannequin; then I took my position, and adopted the pose of the other mannequin and waited for some visitors to scare.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-05-28.html 2010-05-28T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Louie Spence's Showbusiness - Reality show - Part 1

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

&#13;&#10;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 broadcast on 4 February 2010 on Sky1. In the new show all of the the regulars will be present, but in addition, this show will introduce some new dancers/performers trying to make it in show-business.&#13;&#10;I will be in Show #4 due to air 26th of January 2011 on Sky 1.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Pulse want to include me and tell my story as a living mannequin, as although there are many living statues, there are fewer performers that specialise in living mannequins. They will follow me at a couple of my events, videoing me performing as a living mannequin.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I did have to think about this long and hard, as I do value my privacy, and I don't actually have any desire to be famous. I concluded that it would make an interesting story and would be cool to share some of my amusing experiences; after all, how many times do you get an opportunity like this presented to you? so I went ahead, even though I suspected that some of the fun would be at my expense!&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-05-09.html 2010-05-09T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Tricky TV Wicked Wind-up Life Saver - Part 2

It's the Day of filming

&#13;&#10;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 a shot start at 14:30.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The Sat Nav gets me there on-time (I'd already checked it out with Google Street Map, so already knew the turning I was looking for). The studio seems deserted, I suppose as its a Sunday, not much is going on. I press the intercom button on the barrier, announce who I am and why I'm here and the guard lets men in.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I enter the building, which is somewhat cold and has a hospital smell. I'm in the process of talking to the security guard, when the production assistant appears from one of the corridors, clutching a cup of coffee. We chat for a few moments, confirming the timings and specifically when the taxi will arrive to take me to the shopping centre. I return to my car to get my make-up and costume and then get shown to my dressing room. Again my first impression are its cold and damp, like the eerie feeling of unnatural silence your get if you've ever been back to your school (or office) at the weekend.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The assistant brings me a coffee and I start preparing to apply the make-up. I use flesh coloured liquid latex, which I apply in layers with a small sponge (well I get through about 4 or 5). I usually start around the eyes as this is the most tricky as you have to wait for the Ammonia evaporate a little; otherwise it makes your eyes water and this ruins the make-up.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Everything was going well, I'd applied about 5 layers of latex and had about half an hour to spare. I was gradually moving the latex closer to my eyes, something I'd done many times before, when it decided to flow into my left eye. No matter what I did from this moment on, the latex kept going into my eye causing it to water and sting more and more. I decided to remove a complete section and try and re-build it, but my eye keep watering and a spilt appeared in the latex in the corner that would not seal. Well at the point I was panicking a bit; although CPR dummies can appear a bit "beaten up", being a perfectionist I wanted it to look perfect on TV.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I decided to do some repairs with tissue paper, something I had done a few times before, usually to give the effect of a battered mannequin, but I thought I'd give it a go. I dried the area and finally managed to patch up the split. If you look at the pictures you'll probably think what was all the fuss about, it looks fine, and yes it does but I knew it could have been better.&#13;&#10;I've since refined my technique and now I don't go right up to the eye with the latex but fill in with a similar coloured pan stick.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;I'd used up all my time and taxi was due, I then quickly get dressed into the cpr dummy costume and walk out into the reception area. The taxi then takes a further 10 minutes to arrive, but we still had loads of time. We arrive at the shopping centre in the loading bay, and then walk up through the service access ways to where the tent is set-up. We then quickly walk to the tent in the hope that no one notices an animated cpr dummy.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The director explains what he what he wants me to do and it all seems clear. I suggest that it would be better if I were to lay on the trolley rather than on mats on the floor as it will make it easier for people to do the CPR without having to kneel on the floor, and easier to film as they will be higher. I take my place on the trolley and we do a dry run so I know when I'm suppose to go "boo".&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;Then some of the crew are sent out to find some people who want some CPR instruction; this proves difficult as they return initially empty handed. A few moments later, after being a bit more persuasive, they find their first customer.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;All the reactions are excellent, and they have no idea I'm not a real cpr dummy.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2010-03-15.html 2010-03-15T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Tricky TV Wicked Wind-up Life Saver - Part 1

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

&#13;&#10;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 Maidstone.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The idea was that members of the public would be asked if they wanted some CPR training, and led to a tent in the centre of shopping centre. After listening to a brief instructional talk, they would be asked to clasp then hands above the CPR dummy's chest.... that would be my cue to come alive.&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The link to the CITV site is Tricky TV&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;The show is due to be broadcast on the CITV channel in October 2010&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-2009-09-03.html 2009-09-03T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Display dummy in the window at Arrow Safety Wear

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

&#13;&#10;From time to time I like to take on the challenge of replacing a dummy that people are&#194;&#160;familiar&#194;&#160;with, to see if any one notices. If they don't, then I consider the challenge is met. This was the case with arrow safety wear, and they were quite happy for me to replace their window mannequin for the day.[clear]

http://www.mannequin-man.com/my-day-as-a-human-fire-training-drag-dummy.html 2007-01-10T00:00:00Z 2018-12-25T16:41:24Z My day as a human fire training drag dummy

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

&#13;&#10;<div>It was late afternoon, and I'd just&#194;&#160;finished being the dummy for a crashed vehicle&#194;&#160;extrication training exercise with the fire fighter recruits, were I was cut out of a car. After the reveal, I'd asked some of the trainee recruits, who'd only just realised I wasn't a dummy, to push me back into the training centre on a trolley, and then put me back with the other dummies in the corridor, where there were stored in a pile, so that the rest of the&#194;&#160;recruits&#194;&#160;would be none the wiser.<br />&#13;&#10;<br />&#13;&#10;So they they wheel back and throw me onto the pile. Up until then, the costume had looked quite new, so I&#194;&#160;tended&#194;&#160;to stand&#194;&#160;out&#194;&#160;amongst&#194;&#160;the other dummies. This time I'd spent more time getting the costume looking&#194;&#160;authentically&#194;&#160;dirty, with soot and dirt (although&#194;&#160;it&#194;&#160;was&#194;&#160;a moving target).<br />&#13;&#10;<br />&#13;&#10;After about half and hour, some new recruits started to congregate and started gathering ropes and axes together, soon after this one of the sub officers arrived, and address the trainees and I realised this was a class, so I would be here for some time. Unfortunately I was starting to develop a cough, which might give me away. This was a practical lesson on rope tying, hose rolling.<br />&#13;&#10;<br />&#13;&#10;The recruits were practising what they had already learnt and consisted of tying&#194;&#160;ropes&#194;&#160;to chairs and axes; the axe worried me somewhat as I imagined someone getting carried away and hacking off one of the drag dummies limbs, and I&#194;&#160;didn't&#194;&#160;want it to be one of mine; especially at one point as the sub officer left for about half an hour, and the class got a bit more boisterous.<br />&#13;&#10;<br />&#13;&#10;The recruits practising rolling up hoses was interesting to watch too; no sooner they'd rolled up a hose, they'd unroll it and roll it up again; you'd think someone would have come up with a less manual way and automated&#194;&#160;this my now, unless I'm missing some tradition here.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>So I'd been there quite a while, and the class had finished, and I hear someone walking down the corridor, and a guys voice, talking about that big dummy on the top of the pile.&#194;&#160;Next&#194;&#160;I feel&#194;&#160;myself&#194;&#160;being&#194;&#160;rolled over, and&#194;&#160;as this guy sees the weight, printed across the dummy costume's he face,&#194;&#160;he&#194;&#160;exclaims,&#194;&#160;"90 Kgs! What are we going to use that&#194;&#160;that one for?". He then&#194;&#160;roles&#194;&#160;me back over.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>See my drag dummy page&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/television_appearance_as_living_statue_on_cbbcs_smart.html 2004-06-27T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Television Appearance as living Statue on CBBCs SMART

Appearing as a living statue on SMART

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;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).</p>&#13;&#10;<p>I arrived quite early and was directed to a multi story car park up the road. I made my way to reception, and was met by my contact and shown to my dressing room.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[clear][image television_centre_dressing_rooms_2.jpg /]It was like walking into a plush hotel room, the most impressive dressing rooms I've been given so far.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[clear]&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/how-i-became-a-ruthlee-fire-drag-training-dummy.html 2002-09-12T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z How I became a Ruthlee Fire Drag Training Dummy

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

&#13;&#10;<div>As I was walking back to get changed, I noticed noticed a pile of red and blue dummies, neatly stacked, looking very new.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>I asked "what were they used for?" and "who manufactured them?". The answers were that they were used in BA training in the fire house and manufactured by a company in Wales called Ruthlee.&#194;&#160;&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>Seeing an opportunity here for another character, I wrote off to Ruthlee, who very kindly offered and made me a drag dummy costume suit.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>Since then in my drag dummy guise, I've been used in many training exercises, being cut out of cars, used in&#194;&#160;collapsed&#194;&#160;building&#194;&#160;demonstrations, Firehouse BA training etc.&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div><br />&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;<div>See my drag dummy page&#13;&#10;</div>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/mannequin_comes_alive_at_safety_and_health_expo.html 2002-05-13T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Mannequin comes Alive At Safety and Health Expo

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

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;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 the four day show.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>The stand had a good footfall flowing past, but if I soon realised that if I just stood still or only made sublet movements, then people would just walk past and wouldn't notice me. So I developed a technique of jumping off the plinth just as people were walking passed, which had quite a dramatic effect and reaction. <br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;<p>[clear]<br />&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/mannequin_wearing_uvex_workwear_in_the_corridor.html 1996-03-21T00:00:00Z 2018-10-24T21:28:00Z Mannequin wearing Uvex workwear in the corridor

Uvex Prescription Eyewear Seminar Royal Coventry Hotel Durham

&#13;&#10;<p>&#13;&#10;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 exhibition, and then return to the seminar for the next part. I decided that as there were a finite number of people at the seminar, being subtle was going to be the best way of not blowing my cover in the first 10 minutes.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>So I paced the reveals, remaining totally still, and just winking if someone got really close. During the seminars, I could go off and take a rest, but was back ready in position for the next break in the conference.&#13;&#10;For the next break I was a bit bolder, and allowed more people to see with bolder movements.</p>&#13;&#10;<p>Finally, during the last break I was even more obvious, but even so, when the event was over a few people came up to me and told me that had thought I was a real dummy throughout the whole day&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;</p>&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;&#13;&#10;

http://www.mannequin-man.com/blog-living-window-display-dummy-mannequin-in-tool-hire-shop.html 1990-01-02T00:00:00Z 2018-11-25T10:53:38Z Blog Living Window Display Dummy Mannequin in tool hire shop

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