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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!
Tiger arrived promptly and in perfect condition. Thanks!!!
Kersa Rabbit is such a jolly little soul! Arrived is perfect condition like he is brand new. Thanks to Once Upon A Puppet for curating a top notch assortment of puppets!
The puppets that I have purchased from Once Upon A Puppet have all been wonderful- Marcus provides quality puppets and is a wealth of knowledge. Lion cub arrived looking spectacular and is a puppet that I am thrilled to have. I highly recommend this shop for anyone starting their collection- or continuing one!
Beautiful teddy bear and rabbit topsey turvey toy ! Each side reveals a well made vintage toy made with mohair . Very rare find!
She is just as lovely (if not more) as pictured; arrived quickly and safely packaged up. Marcus is always delightful to communicate with and his puppets are exactly as pictured and described. I look forward to my next purchase with much anticipation!
I am thrilled with my Gnome Hand Puppet. I am an avid puppet collector and I enjoy shopping at Once Upon A Puppet. They always offer a quality puppet at a fair price. Often times they present hard to find antique puppets. When the toys are received they are always as pictured and mailed to the buyer promptly. My experience has always been positive.
I like to buy from Once Upon A Puppet because the owner always provides a history and time frame of puppet purchased. Puppets are always as pictured, and if there are imperfections they are pointed out. There is never a surprise when puppet is delivered. Mailing is fast and reasonably priced. I am a repeat customer because owner sells antique and vintage pieces that are hard to get that I can add to my puppet collection. I highly recommend this Seller. You can buy with confidence. Owner provides a fulfilling sales experience. A+++ . Ed
So pleased with this 1930s marionette sailor. Thank you!
From the beautiful photo documentation to the personal communication, my total experience with OnceUponaPuppet was the best. The description was accurate and the delivery very prompt. I'm very pleased with my purchase and I couldn't have asked for more from this fine vendor.
Outstanding service, utter dedication. Perfect! Will order again I'm sure.
My order from this shop arrived very quickly, and in the most lovely package. The puppets are stunning! More beautiful in person than in the photos. And Marcus was very kind and attentive. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about puppetry, and generous in sharing his expertise. Thank you!
Marcus was knowledgable and promptly responded to questions I had about a puppet. He also went out of his way to provide historical references. My purchase arrived quickly and was packed with great care. I could tell Marcus genuinely cared about his craft and the people he interacts with. I would definitely purchase from again.
Received my very rare Kersa Puppet and couldn’t be happier. Very fast delivery now that Christmas is over. Merchandise received exactly as pictured. A very smooth and pleasant buying experience with Once Upon A Puppet. I highly recommend .
I am so happy with my purchase of The Doctor. His condition is exactly as I expected (as depicted in the photos and written description). Marcus was very communicative and is excellent in his communications and service to purchasers. I look forward to future dealings. Thank you again.
It is always a pleasure to deal with Marcus. He offers quality puppets at a reasonable price. He ships promptly and communicates well during the sales process. Puppets received are always as shown.I highly recommend this Seller. Sales are always smooth and he aims to please. I am a collector and have bought several of his puppets.