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==Designer/Builder==
 
==Designer/Builder==
 
*''[[Sesame Street]]'' - Workshop Supervisor; designed [[Elmo]], built [[Two-Headed Monster]], [[The Martians]], various monsters (including [[Kermit the Forg]]), many animals
 
*''[[Sesame Street]]'' - Workshop Supervisor; designed [[Elmo]], built [[Two-Headed Monster]], [[The Martians]], various monsters (including [[Kermit the Forg]]), many animals
*Variety show appearances
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*Variety show appearances
**built [[The Snowths]] (with [[Don Sahlin]]) for ''[[The Ed Sullivan Show]]''
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**built [[The Snowths]] (with [[Don Sahlin]]) for ''[[The Ed Sullivan Show]]''
 
**sketch ideas for "[[A Change of Face]]" skit version on ''[[The Dick Cavett Show]]''<ref>Falk, Karen. ''[[Imagination Illustrated]]''. p. 88</ref>
 
**sketch ideas for "[[A Change of Face]]" skit version on ''[[The Dick Cavett Show]]''<ref>Falk, Karen. ''[[Imagination Illustrated]]''. p. 88</ref>
 
*''[[The Great Santa Claus Switch]]'' - Puppet construction
 
*''[[The Great Santa Claus Switch]]'' - Puppet construction
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*''[[The Muppet Movie]]'' - Muppet designer
 
*''[[The Muppet Movie]]'' - Muppet designer
 
*''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]''
 
*''[[Christmas Eve on Sesame Street]]''
*''[[John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together]]'' - Lead designer/builder for [[Jesus Christ|Nativity Muppets]]
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*''[[John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together]]'' - Lead designer/builder for [[Jesus Christ|Nativity Muppets]]
 
*''[[The Great Muppet Caper]]'' - Muppet designer/builder; supervising aquatic Miss Piggy, other tasks
 
*''[[The Great Muppet Caper]]'' - Muppet designer/builder; supervising aquatic Miss Piggy, other tasks
 
*''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]'' - Muppet designer
 
*''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]'' - Muppet designer
*''[[Fraggle Rock]]'' - Muppet designer
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*''[[Fraggle Rock]]'' - Muppet designer, built [[Gobo Fraggle]] with [[Tim Miller]].
 
*''[[Follow That Bird]]'' - built [[Miss Finch]]
 
*''[[Follow That Bird]]'' - built [[Miss Finch]]
*''[[The Muppet Show: On Tour!]]'' - Underwater puppet design; adapting [[:Category:Muppet Stage Show Characters|walk-around]] versions of Muppet characters<ref>[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2013/09/11/9111984/ 9/11/1984 – ‘In Chicago for opening of The Muppet Show on Tour- LIVE.’]. [[Jim Henson's Red Book]]. Sep. 11, 2013.</ref>
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*''[[The Muppet Show: On Tour!]]'' - Underwater puppet design; adapting [[:Category:Muppet Stage Show Characters|walk-around]] versions of Muppet characters<ref>[http://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/2013/09/11/9111984/ 9/11/1984 – ‘In Chicago for opening of The Muppet Show on Tour- LIVE.’]. [[Jim Henson's Red Book]]. Sep. 11, 2013.</ref>
 
*''[[Puppetman]]'' - built [[Earl]] (with [[Jitka Exler]])
 
*''[[Puppetman]]'' - built [[Earl]] (with [[Jitka Exler]])
   

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Wilcox performing on Sesame Street with Caroll Spinney and Frank Oz.

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Wilcox working on Betsy Bird.

Caroly Wilcox began working in the New York Muppet Workshop in 1969, as work on Sesame Street began. Wilcox originally worked as an occasional puppeteer (assisting on Ernie and performing in such skits as "First and Last") as well as building and designing. According to Quilting with the Muppets, she also made occasional cameos as the school bus driver.

Wilcox became the workshop supervisor for the Sesame Muppets, and remained in that post until her retirement in 1990. Her 1979 design sketch for a red monster would eventually become a star character as Elmo.[1] As with the other designers, not all of her ideas reached fruition: she conceived and drew "Snuffy's Baby Brother," to be operated by one smaller person and "having only two legs when young (tadpole like). Mature is 4."[2]

She was also a key designer/builder for The Muppet Show and movies, notably directing the creation of a special Miss Piggy puppet for use in the underwater scenes in The Great Muppet Caper.[3] In many cases, her task involved the practical side, adding annotations to help translate character sketches by Jim Henson into physical puppets, noting how a performer should operate a character, and even coordinating the options for shooting the parachute drop in Great Muppet Caper. Wilcox was viewed as the expert Muppet maker; she trained many of the Muppet builders.

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Sources

  1. Falk, Karen. Imagination Illustrated. p. 180
  2. Falk, Karen. Imagination Illustrated. p. 115
  3. Jones, Brian Jay. Jim Henson: The Biography. p. 321
  4. Jim Henson's Red Book. Puppeteer assignments
  5. Falk, Karen. Imagination Illustrated. p. 88
  6. 11/8-11/1971 – ‘Go to Chicago to Silvestri. See flocking’. Jim Henson's Red Book. Nov. 8, 2012
  7. 6/21/1977 – ‘Judy Collins (MS)’. Jim Henson's Red Book. June 21, 2012.
  8. 9/11/1984 – ‘In Chicago for opening of The Muppet Show on Tour- LIVE.’. Jim Henson's Red Book. Sep. 11, 2013.
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