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Video: Meet Ricky & Doris

An unconventional friendship in New York City...with puppets!

Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50-year-old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86-year-old community activist. They became friends, and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act, and the two of them can often be seen performing together.


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