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(Kasperl), a character in Austrian and German puppet theater.
The stage character of Kasperle first appeared in the late 18th century in Austria and, later, in Germany. Kasperle is a comic character. At times puppet shows featuring him have risen to the level of pointed lampoon. Kasperle appears in both marionette and puppet shows. In the 20th century the hand-puppet theater has become known as Kasperle theater.