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By WGN News

We remember what puppets meant during our childhood, but Wednesday in Chicago, puppetry took on a whole new life.

It took master puppeteer Blair Thomas two years to bring together this event: 10 days, 12 different locations and 50 different events focused on puppet theatre.

Wednesday saw the rehearsal of “The Selfish Giant,” a performance Thomas will be directing during Chicago’s first ever International Puppet Theatre Festival, which officially kicked off Wednesday.