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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!
I'm very happy about my Steiff penguin puppet. It is hard to find, beautiful, in great condition, and honestly described. Marcus, the dealer, is knowledgeable and caring. It's a pleasure to do business with him.
I ordered 3 Steiff puppets, A Lion a Tiger and a Bear oh my!!! And I received them in excellent condition, better than pictured. Thank you so much I will treasure them all, Christine
I've purchased several puppets from Once Upon a Puppet and have never been disappointed. Marcus is knowledgeable, professional and a super nice guy! I always look forward to my next purchase and will continue to be a loyal client. Thank you!
Amazing little historical character! Perfect transaction! Very fast shipping and outstanding service. Thank you, Marcus! Will be back for more friends!
Once again, another fantastic collector’s item from Marcus- Such a darling puppet. Guaranteed quality at Once Upon A Puppet! Thank You, again!
Timely, lovingly wrapped and boxed. A beautiful puppet in excellent shape. I'm delighted.
Beautiful item, friendly, helpful dealer. Thanks Marcus, for my Steiff Foxy puppet!
These little Guignol puppets are nothing less than historical gems. Shipping was fast and easy and it's clear that Marcus cares about each of his customers, providing personalized service and communication. Once Upon a Puppet is a beautiful collection.
I bought this wonderful hand carved Princess which was created by an inspired German artist in the 50s. It is unbelievable how fantastic this puppet was made. I do not regret this purchase!!!! If you are looking for a great puppet, I think you will find it on this website.
I bought this puppet and two others. It is a pleasure to purchase such objects which I plan to use in an art project. They were very well described and promptly shipped by the seller
beautiful dolls swift shipping .THANKS!
It was a great purchase! I love this glove puppet very much. The Bross puppet was in a very good condition and everything was as described.
I can highly recommend this shop for collectors or puppeteers as well. Thanks for all !
Best Regards, Martin
Another smooth transaction. As a repeat buyer I am never disappointed with the quality and rarity of the puppets sold here and at a very reasonable price. If you are a collector of puppets or just great vintage items this is the go to shop to check out. Owner is very professional and friendly and always has great communication and customer service. Thanks
Easy seller, very quick to delivery, item exactly what I had hoped!
Hansel is so beautiful with ID and like new condition as if he just came out of a toy store! I love him!!