Head neck costume movement without helmet

I'm working on an oversized costume with a head that protrudes from chest high instead of being at the top of the costume.  I have been racking my brains to try and come up with a way to connect the head so that it will appear as though it is looking around as I'm moving.  The head is approximately 3lbs and is connected to a 1/2 inch pvc pipe in the back that I can use to connect the head.  Any ideas for how to create this effect would be appreciated.


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    Hi Christopher,

    Do you not want any type of linkage from the performer's head to control the character head?

    Normally I would find some way to link the performer's head to the character, either via direct rod connection or cables.  If the head is not in a position where it can be easily controlled using a direct mechanical linkage you could use cables.  

    Another common option is to have a false arm on the character so the performer can operate the head with one of their arms.

    Knowing the design of the character and your goals may help troubleshoot.

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