I've been reading a new-ish book called "Jim Henson: A Biography," and it's a fascinating look at the guy's career. I especially love how Henson basically stumbled onto puppetry. I always imagined that it was always his crazy dream to pursue, but apparently he more or less stumbled onto puppetry by accident. Long story short, he was more obsessed with the new technology of television, and puppetry was one of the things he discovered early on would get him onto TV. He only really went full on into puppetry when he did a tour of Europe and discovered that, hey, puppetry can be a pretty respected art form. And from then on, magic. I also really admire the aesthetic. It's almost a good thing he really wasn't into puppets in the beginning. Mainly because his style of puppetry was so radically different from the norm (namely how he integrated the camera into creating sight gag special effects) that I think the art would've suffered if he'd hewed close to tried and true practices. As someone who's just a beginner in clowning, it's almost inspirational, especially since I feel like I'm in the same boat: knowing what I want to do to perform, but not knowing the traditional elements in doing it ... and yet, somehow succeeding still with stuff that's probably amateur hour.