Alright, so we have SIX MORE DAYS till launch, and there's much to do. I'm kind of tinkering here and there trying to get the star of the show looking somewhat decent, and finding ways of shooting the grand ending.
I never actually thought of this before, but... JB weld is magnetic because it has steel in it. Why not use it in combination with earth magnets and fishing line/monofilament to fly a puppet? Much more control over the motion than using hooks or duct tape. You can cut the line shorter to gain height with predetermined increments marked off on it, and even fly the puppet forward and backward, on an arc, or even with constraints by gluing up a piece of wood to keep it in a straight line...Maybe there could still be a hook to take up the slack, or a piece of stikki wax?
At any rate, the final shot of this project needs some serious liftoff, and I think magnets will do the job nicely.