Animatronic Puppets just became more affordable!

Introducing Magical Puppets

It’s amazing to think that since Magical Puppets was launched back at the Blackpool Magic Convention in 2020 we have gone from having one product to being commissioned to create an animatronic Teddy Bear driving his own remote controlled car and an automatically triggered Terminator Skull welcoming visitors to an Escape Room. As we continue to sell our Deluxe Animatronic Talk-Tech Puppet Stand this makes us the UK’s largest animatronic puppet supplier.

We have now introduced the new Mini version of our Deluxe Animatronic Talk-Tech Puppet Stand.


Have you always wanted an animatronic puppet but been put off by the cost?

Well – animatronic puppets just got more affordable!

I’ve worked with an animatronic puppet for over 15 years but when I came to upgrade mine I was shocked by the huge increase in price. So I did a bit of searching and found Brian Holman, a film and TV prop maker with over 30 years of experience in animatronics. And because he is based right here in the UK you don’t have to pay hundreds of pounds import duty on top of the inflated prices from abroad.

Brian uses the best equipment available – namely commercial grade, high output servos with metal gears which treated properly will give you many years of service without any need for repairs. The servos are way more powerful than are needed for the puppet s and can take pretty rough handling, but you can be assured that we have a 2 working day replacement service when needed. Many professionals have been impressed with the build quality. Not only of the animatronics but also the whole build.

Take our flagship product itself – the Deluxe Animatronic Talk-Tech Puppet Stand – you wouldn’t think it, but the pole incorporated in the stand is made from 4 components – wood, aluminium, Teflon and a plastic covering. This gives a very smooth operation.

And with our new Mini version all the electronics are inside the puppet giving you total flexibility where to locate it.

Compare the movements included and the price to others on the market.


Here is a comparison chart. 

You may have seen a similar animated puppet stand to this supplied by Axtell. There are a few important differences to remember when deciding which one to order.

Magical Puppets


£2100 (excludes shipping, import duty and VAT – see below)

Puppet included

Yes choice of 7 free

Custom ones at cost



1.Mouth Open and Close,

2.Head Left and Right,

3.Head Up and Down,

4.Head Tilt Left & Right

1.Mouth Open and Close

2.Random Head Left and Right

Shipping to UK Import Duty to UK   Shipping abroad


(fully insured)


At cost depending on location

£60 ($78)

£137 + £250 VAT

Total £447 on top of UK purchase price


Standard AA (LR6) size, rechargeable

batteries or mains

Rechargeable power pack


Off Stage

Off Stage and on




More Information

Price – We have priced it to make ours more affordable.

Puppet – We include a choice of bird puppet at no extra cost so you can get started straight away. 

Shipping and Import Duty – Avoid the hidden cost of ordering goods from abroad. £447 on top of the purchase price! Plus the cost of a puppet (£370+). 

Batteries and Power – We supply you with an adapter so you can run the puppet stand from the mains – you may need a transformer to run through depending on your countries voltage . The batteries for the puppet will last over an hour and many hours in the transmitter. We decided to use standard AA (or LR6) ones as rechargeable batteries can let you down when you need them most. You never know when they will just stop dead. Standard AA’s will just work the servos a little slower giving you a chance to change them when convenient. Having said that, if you want to use good quality rechargables you can do, the choice is yours! The transmitter also has a handy battery charge indicator light giving you peace of mind when performing. There is space in the Talk-Tech base for spares. 

Movements – We wanted more than the head left & right and mouth movement that other companies offer, so our Deluxe Animatronic Talk-Tech stand also has a head up and down action. This means the puppet can nod yes in agreement to questions and also move their head in a complete circle when used in conjunction with the left & right movement. Oh, and we included a head tilt too – think about the inquisitive look you get from an animal when you are talking to it . All in all, we are approaching the movements a fully automated Axtell puppet costing £12,000 makes!

Programmable – We can add a servo recorder to your puppet which means you can automate up to 4 servos. However as this only records up to 8 minutes of unique movements it’s not really suitable for a totally solo operated pre-recorded routine. However it is ideal when you are onstage with your puppet and have someone offstage operating it. You can have the servo recorder randomly operating the head up & down and tilt left & right leaving the operator to concentrate on the head turn and mouth. This also means when you want to leave the puppet alone to perform a separate routine or trick then the operator can leave the controls alone and allow the servo recorder to play the movements on the 8 minute recording (which can be looped longer). These small movements mean your puppet is not sitting lifeless onstage. There are fully programmable puppets available from other companies but you would be paying 10 times the price of one of ours! And bear in mind during a pre-recorded programmed script there is no room for change should something unexpected happen. 

Operation – Because of the extra movement we’ve had to use a standard remote-control transmitter and therefore it’s not suitable for use onstage to control the puppet. It is ideal for where the operator is hidden – either in the wings or at the back of the crowd when working outdoors. When I got my first animatronic puppet I also bought small wireless cameras which linked to a monitor. My plan was to be hidden away in a separate room. However, this isn’t a great idea. If a child grabs the puppet or there is another emergency, you cannot get there quick enough! Nevertheless, if working with an assistant, this can easily be done by you if you like. Most of my work is at events where I am at the back of the crowd watching – hidden in plain sight! Even though I am talking into a head mic I am very rarely spotted. And when I am it is usually by a parent who will approach me and tell me their child is at the front and could the puppet please say hello to them – they get a shock when the puppet knows their name! I’ve had such fun over the years bantering with children and adults and often the parents in the know look at you when the children make funny comments to see MY reaction! On the odd occasion an older child spots me I just put my finger to my lips and they keep the secret for the younger ones. Of course, with a partner hidden offstage you can do your own double act with the puppet. 

There is no speaker or microphone included.

You can get a great PA system with a headset microphone for under £200 – just Google “QTX QR10PA Portable Powered PA Unit with Wireless Neckband Mic

Here is a suitable one at a good price

Ordering – You can order your own Magical Puppet with only a £500 deposit with the balance due when your order is ready to post. The price of a Deluxe Animatronic Talk-Tech Puppet Stand is £2400. This includes your choice of 6 bird puppets (See photos at the top). These are designed to be interchangeable and you can also use your own suitable (bottom entry) puppet. We can also supply a choice of the most amazing beautiful puppets which are custom-made to your design and colours and full of character. (See photos above). We make the puppets adaptable to be changed easily. 

Warranty – The servos come with a 3-month warranty and the transmitter has 12 months. We offer a 2 working day turnaround on servos should it be needed. 

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