A War Horse on Hennepin

Joey the War Horse stands in the foyer of the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis

Joey the War Horse met the press this morning in the lobby of the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis.  Joey is a full-sized horse made of cane and cloth who is controlled by three puppeteers who guide his every move. What is remarkable is that while those three humans are in plain sight, such is their skill audience members quickly forget they are there and marvel at the magnificent animal standing before them.

Joey is so realistic, he seemed to fool two Minneapolis Police Department horses who were on hand for the photo opp.

Minneapolis Police Department horse Crystal meets Joey the War Horse on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis

 We will have a feature about Joey, and the people who operate him, on All Things Considered tonight. You can also watch my colleague Jeff Thompson’s video of the event here