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Bob Baker and marionettes

In the last decade, I’ve led dozens of tour groups on my Disneyland tour of downtown Los Angeles. We explore the heart and soul of the city as if it’s everybody’s favorite theme park. “Fantasyland” is the Bob Baker Marionette Theater. It’s a palace of puppetry, a museum of marionettes, and a castle of creativity.

Up until about six months ago, Bob Baker—who’s 90—performed his signature act for my tour groups. It featured a special marionette he made in 1939 of tap dancer Bill Robinson.

Since 1961, people have been coming to …

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