Guignol,a French Well Kept secret
If you would like to incorporate a piece of French culture in your home, you may find this magnet souvenir from France to be a nice charming option. Guignol is a widely known character from a popular puppet show that amuses adults and children alike. Some of the best shows can be found in Lyon and if you took it upon yourself to check one of these out you know that it is a very enjoyable affair indeed.
This magnet can also serve as a great reminder of an aspect of French culture that is frequently overlooked, which is its comedic side. When we hear about Guignol, we immediately picture a small French town, on a weekends, people playing music, dancing, tasting good wine. And the children giggling and parents enjoying the jokes that are meant for a more adult audience. It is no wonder that the motto of a Guignol; group from Lyon is "Guignol amuses children and witty adults".
The Origins of Guignol
The French historically have had great puppeteers, particularly when it comes to entertaining children. However, their quality has been so great that over the years parents have found themselves enjoying it almost as much as young people for one reason, wit. They are not dumbed down and utilize interesting and fairly complex characters that are both easily relatable as well as mentally stimulating.
Guignol creator, Laurent Mourguet, was born in this city. He was a man of many talents, mainly pushed by economic need. What took Mourguet to Guignol was advertising, it was how he figure out attracting customers to his dentistry business. But guignol superceded dentistry and he soon became a great guignol master. Not only did he play the puppets but also wrote the plays and directed them including his wife in the representations.