By Megan Barnes
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Puppeteer Jim Gamble entertains a packed house of children and their parents at the north Torrance branch library in this file photo. (Scott Varley / Staff Photographer)
It was a fateful encounter with a copy of Woman’s Day magazine that introduced Jim Gamble to the world of puppetry.
An article about a prominent New York City puppeteer and a how-to guide to building marionettes caught the eye of the 14-year-old,
who brought the magazine with him to the local workshop where he spent his childhood making model airplanes.
Gamble was a natural, skillfully crafting several puppets and a set. He had his mother outfit them with costumes, rehearsed a production and gave his performance
at a local birthday party.
Soon his schedule was filling up with bookings. They would keep coming for decades and take him to stages around the world.
Gamble, who entertained generations of children in the South Bay, died Saturday. He was 78.
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