I've ordered brake cables and am waiting for them to arrive. In the mean time I thought I'd figure out a way of making a neat control device so I am not pulling five different strings to make the dragon puppet move.
The strings I have are:
1 and 2 to make the tail go side to side.
3 and 4 to make the head move side to side.
5 to make the mouth open - the mouth has a spring on it so it springs back to closed position.