puppetry

[puhp-i-tree]
noun, plural puppetries.
1.
the art of making puppets or presenting puppet shows.
2.
the action of puppets.
3.
mummery; mere show.
4.
puppets collectively.

Origin:
1520–30; see puppet, -ry

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puppetry (ˈpʌpɪtrɪ)
 
n
1.  the art of making and manipulating puppets and presenting puppet shows
2.  unconvincing or specious presentation

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Example sentences
Shadow puppetry is an ancient art form that persists as an entertainment medium.
Shows range from political satire to performance puppetry and admission is by
  donation.
Already shaken, the mainstream political parties would be seriously damaged by
  another round of military-political puppetry.
Acrobatics, martial arts displays, puppetry and multimedia effects are all
  incorporated into the show.
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