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About Marcus Sampaio
Puppets have always fascinated me! Their expressive faces, life-like movements and magical construction entranced me since I was a little kid. All the great memories of attending marionette shows and playing with hand puppets — fostered by my parents during my childhood — led me to a side career as a puppet performer and later on as a theatre producer. I toured proudly around Brazil with my puppet company A RODA and my friends with wooden hearts carved by artist Olga Gomez.
Today I live in Canada and continue to cherish this passion as a collector of all sorts of puppets (e.g. hand, rod, string, shadow...), rediscovering antique and vintage treasures from all over the world.
Once Upon a Puppet is a place to revive this ancient fascinating tradition, share ideas about puppetry, meet new puppet enthusiasts and help bring some unique puppets to people that share the same love for them as I do. So if you are into puppets, welcome!
Wonderful puppet. Great transaction.
Very good communication! Prompt shipping and item was exactly as described!
I collect frogs and found out about Once Upon a Puppet while searching for Steiff frog puppets. The website is attractive and well organized, and I wound up purchasing 2 other puppets, both ~100 years old and from Punch and Judy theaters. The owner is personable, service oriented, and friendly, the shipping is quick, and even the packaging is prepared with care to demonstrate the added personal touches of a small company aiming to please. Anyone interested in antique puppets should make Once Upon a Puppet their first stop!
Hansel is a beautiful marionette in perfect condition with everything working just great and I'm very pleased with him! Even the box is in wonderful condition considering its age!!
Marcus always offers 1st class soft puppets from Steiff, Kersa, other European companies in addition to wonderful antique carved wooden German puppets. His website is fantastic because it is easy to navigate, has THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS and detailed descriptions.
I know he spends hours and hours on photographing the puppets which he lists for sale. He describes in detail and points out with a red line arrow, any faults.
I have bought many puppets from Once Upon A Puppet and have not once been disappointed with any product. I find his prices are good and fair🤗
They were exactly what we were looking for. My only complaint would be the too fast shipping. I wasn't expecting that kind of service, so I ordered way earlier than I needed.
Everything was great! The puppet head was described accurately, the item was packed properly and mailed promptly. It was a pleasure doing business with this seller. A+++.
I received the puppet on July 6th and Nancy saw it for the first time yesterday. She was ecstatic and fell in love with it immediately. Lumpi exudes personality - what a sweet expression on her face! She's in fabulous condition and we couldn't be happier. As usual Marcus goes above and beyond what any other seller would do. His knowledge of puppets is exceptional and I appreciate learning about the puppets we've purchased. Marcus, you are an amazing person and I appreciate the personal touch. Thanks for letting me know that this puppet was available and helping us grow this ever expanding puppet family.
Love this cat! This is the second Kersa for my collection - Many thanks to Marcus for curating a top notch selection of collectibles!
I am a thrilled repeat customer. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. As always, Once Upon a Puppet is customer friendly, readily accessible and ships immediately. Prices are fair and the merchandise offered is quality. I am glad I found this internet store to enhance my puppet collection. I give them a thumbs up!
Why I love shopping Once Upon a Puppet:
#1 The photography and descriptions are so engaging and helpful
#2 The selection of puppets is wonderful
#3 It's fun to build your own puppet troupe, shopping from the Once Upon a Puppet store
#4 Puppets have their own individual personalities(just try one on and you'll find out)
#5 Each puppet that arrives here, including the latest, Steiff Tom Cat, is even better than I imagined from their photos and descriptions, and that's saying a lot.
#6 You're supporting a small business
#7 You're giving new life to an old puppet!
Another wonderful puppet from a most wonderful seller. This puppet has such a sweet, gentle personality and he's certainly charmed his way into my heart. As usual, he arrived in great condition. I could not be more pleased with the puppet, the service and the seller. Highly recommend this seller to anyone who is interested in puppets.
It's always exciting to receive a small square box from onceuponapuppet that contains the newest member for our puppet family! This adorable fox puppet arrived in excellent condition and he was so happy to arrive at his new home. He has such a joyful, playful expression and can hardly wait to play with his friends. Marcus is a puppet maestro who has the most amazing selection of puppets. His customer service is beyond compare and there really are not enough words to express what a delight it is to work with him. He has never disappointed and I wholeheartedly recommend onceuponapuppet. Thank you Marcus. You really are the best!
Once again, a fabulous purchase from a wonderful puppet seller. It arrived quickly and is in exceptional condition. Marcus is more than a seller of puppets. His knowledge of puppets is extraordinary and there are just not enough words to describe how delightful and satisfying it is do business with him. He is a treasure!
The Jocko puppet is my second puppet from Once Upon a Puppet and I am thrilled with my purchase! Marcus does an outstanding job photographing and describing his puppets in an engaging and detailed way; when my puppets arrive, packaged with care, they are just as wonderful as I have expected them to be.
Of course, the puppets are so much more fun when they interact with each other that you don't want to stop with one!
Supporting this small business has brought me joy and hopefully will do the same for you!