Jake the Peg Halloween prop
I'm looking to create a hinged leg to use in a "Jake the Peg" Halloween costume prop. If you've never heard of Jake the Peg, here's a link to the famous Rolph Harris skit.
I know he's using a false hand on the right side (his right) so that he can control the extra leg, but I'm unsure on how to create the hinged effect. (It's the bending of the leg that makes it so realistic!)
I was thinking of using something like a bike handlebar end with a handbrake lever to pull a cable that would draw the leg up, but how would I get it to spring back to the straight position? (And when it's in that position, it would need to support some weight like a cane)
What should the leg be made of?
There has got to be a better way to do this. The illusion is fantastic, but there are no articles anywhere on how it is done.
Thanks for any help anyone may have.