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Wizard of Oz - Wizard Head

I'm designing a Wizard of Oz head. Here's the first four initial concepts:

The first is based off a sketch I drew. The wizard head always reminded me of the magic mirror from Disney's Snow White, and since Oz is the all-powerful emperor, I thought of a Mandarin from Imperial China. I had to include your classic bulbous-headed 1939 Wizard, of course; next, what gallery of terrifying inscrutible faces would be complete without an Easter Island Maoi statue? The last one intrigued me most of all: the Wizard puppet from the musical, Wicked. It was originally designed as a cross between Frank L. Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz book illustration of the head and the 1939 Tin Man. While the production head itself is a fairly complex bit of engineering, I've seen clips of amateur productions that feature a blacksuited cast member and a giant cardboard mask with movable lower jaw - simple, yet very effective (especially with red LED eyes). I'll keep you posted on further developments.

Rick Out.

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