Something Different

Something Different

Ordinarily I write thoughts on ventriloquism, the business and tips for vents. This week though, I wanted to share something that came to my inbox. It was PR for a UK group called Two Door Cinema Club. I’ll share their PR release, along with some thoughts of my...
If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me

If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me

I was reading a post on company values. I’m a firm believer that if you look just inside your own art that you stagnate. You begin to copy others or become a slightly altered alternative. The more you read, the more you know. The more you study other forms of...
Your Audience

Your Audience

Have you ever gone to a show and been underwhelmed? I know I have. I was performing at a county fair a few years ago. All my shows were well attended. Laughs were coming fast and people were “with” me. People were returning again and again. They would...
Being A Professional Ventriloquist Is Tough

Being A Professional Ventriloquist Is Tough

I was 21 years old when I became a professional entertainer. Today, I am closing rapidly on 57, which means I’ve spent the last 36 years of my life trying to earn a living by making people laugh. Wow, 36 years! I had hair! And a 1974 light blue Ford Pinto...

Another Look Inside The Maher Mailbag

Today I am once again opening my mailbag to share another of the most frequent email questions I get.As with the last time, I have merged several recent emails together to create this. I don’t want anyone to feel as if I am singling them out. Each email I get in...
The ConVENTion Is Here!

The ConVENTion Is Here!

By the time you read this, I will already be in Erlanger, KY.Sounds like I hit the big time, huh?Actually, Erlanger, Kentucky is the epicenter of ventriloquism this week.That is because Erlanger Kentucky is the home of the Cincinnati Airport Holiday Inn, which is the...

The Maher Mailbag – Career Advice

Today I am opening my mailbag to share one of the most frequent questions I get. I have merged several recent emails together to create a form. Each email seems to include these or similar lines: How To Go Pro … I am an amateur ventriloquist. I currently work as...

I Want To Be Famous

If I seem to hit on this subject a lot lately, it is because I see things happen and get emails about how to become famous almost every day. 20 years ago, ventriloquism wasn’t as popular as it is now. People wanted to learn the art to have fun. But today, about...
My Favorite Movies – And What They Taught Me

My Favorite Movies – And What They Taught Me

Everyone has favorite movies.It may be one you saw as a child. Or one you watched last night on television.In this post I want to share some of my favorite movies and what I have learned as a result of watching them.The movies will be in no particular order. I...
I Want It All … And I Want It Now!

I Want It All … And I Want It Now!

Queen sang these lyrics in 1989 and had a hit.The words still sum up today’s culture and the instant gratification that comes from a perceived privilege that many share.Today, people see Darci Lynn win America’s Got Talent and think – I can do this...