Thank You

Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States. I wanted to take a moment to give thanks for each and every one of you. The ventriloquism community has been very generous to me. I appreciate your encouragement and support. It makes everything I do worthwhile and I count you all as a blessing in my…

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When Everything Goes Right

Everyone has those shows they’d like to forget. When nerves hit them unexpectedly. When the audience didn’t respond as hoped. When they arrived late due to traffic. When they forgot something. The list goes on and on. But sometimes, everything goes right. The staging is right. The audience is set up to create the best…

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Advice From The Master

Last week I mentioned checking out Clinton’s blog again. I found an article that he wrote and felt it was worth sharing here again. THROAT MOVEMENT Question:  I am new to ventriloquism … and wondering how to prevent my throat from moving when I am working with my puppet.  I am certain there must be…

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Do Things Ever Change?

Every once and awhile I will go back and read Clinton Detweiler’s blog. For those who don’t remember him (and there are some) he was owner and operator of Maher Studios. He closed the studio in 2006 because it was no longer profitable. Although he continued to build and sell figures, along with the Maher…

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Stuff …

We’ve all got stuff. George Carlin used to have a routine about stuff. (Although he used a different word.) We fill our place with stuff. Then we need to get a bigger space so we can get more stuff. As a ventriloquist, chances are you have stuff too. I do. Maybe it is the puppet…

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You’re Like That Guy On TV …

It is bound to happen. After a performance, someone will approach you. Then you will hear: or Welcome to the popularity of ventriloquism. Not since the 1960’s has ventriloquism been so visible. Jeff Dunham’s dominating ratings on Comedy Central and YouTube made him an international sensation. The visibility of America’s Got Talent turned Terry Fator…

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Behind The Scenes

I was watching a movie. At the end, the credits began to scroll. I hung around to watch. There were some funny clips that kept popping up along the way. They made me want to stay until the screen dimmed and the lights came up. That time made me appreciate the number of people that…

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The Importance Of Review

There is a site called MasterClass.com. One day as I was looking through FaceBook, an advertisement popped up. They were offering a comedy writing course by Steve Martin. If you aren’t familiar with Steve Martin, you should be. He was one of my idols. I loved his comedy. I memorized his albums as a kid.…

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But Terry Fator said …

Terry Fator went on-stage at the 2016 Vent Haven ConVENTion and talked about originality. At the time, a puppeteer accused him of stealing his idea. The accusations bothered Terry and he wanted to address the situation. I listened to Terry’s talk and completely agreed with him. Unfortunately some decided to twist the sentiments and words. They…

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What?

A FaceBook forum a post about my article: A Real Show, created a very interesting conversation. Some agreed and some thought maybe I was delusional. (For the record, so does my wife …) John Arvites wrote to the vent community in that post:   What do you think makes a vent act a good show?…

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