What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 2)

Last week I told you the story of how Mayble came to be with us. As a dog person, I was used to the furry excitement of an animal that wanted to be part of you. Not so much with the cat. At least, not in the beginning. Neither of us was sure about the…

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What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 1)

In my procrastination post, I mentioned watching TV with a cat on my lap. I’ve always been a dog person. Our dog passed away the summer of 2015. Because I travel a lot, I didn’t want another dog. It wouldn’t be fair to leave it alone. My wife wanted a cat. I did not. “Cat’s…

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What Is The IVS?

The International Ventriloquist Society What is it? Who is it for? Why should I be a member? Well, I hope to answer some questions today! First, click below to: The PDF will open in a separate window and you can double click to download and read it at your leisure. Throughout Maher Studios history, there has been…

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Taxes For Vents

My friend David Weyrick sent me some topics for potential blog posts. (Thanks David!) This one jumped out because of the timing, so here it is: TAX TIPS FOR VENTRILOQUISTS In the United States, tax day is April 15th. Please keep in mind that I am not an accountant and can not provide tax advice…

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MVR – The 2017 Vent Haven ConVENTion

Maher Ventriloquist Radio

The 41st Vent Haven International Ventriloquist ConVENTion is this summer from July 12 – 15 in Hebron, KY. Today I talk with a guest who will share some inside news and information on everything that is happening this year. Plus – a deadline is fast approaching if you want to be considered for the Junior…

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Wow, This Is Tough!

Clinton Detweiler used to update his blog almost every day. He would write about puppets and figures he was working on. Sometimes he would show pictures. Other times he would post an article by Mark Wade, Dale Brown or another well known ventriloquist. When Clinton passed I tried to create a daily blog over on…

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Maher Certificates Awarded

Maher Studios is proud to congratulate Jim Foster and Rosa Carlisle. Both have completed the mid-course exam to receive their certificates for the first part of The Maher Course of Ventriloquism- Detweiler Version. Both Rosa & Jim are also members of the International Ventriloquist Society. The Maher Course has been the gold standard ventriloquism course since 1934.…

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Working Multiple Markets As A Ventriloquist

I was talking with a friend the other day about a corporate program. A few minutes later, I mentioned booking a library show for June. He gave me a confused look and asked a question: How could I be working both library shows and doing high paid corporate dates? They are two different markets that…

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How is your summer shaping up?

Some of you may be thinking – summer? It’s February. Yes, but if you want to do shows, you need to plan early. I started thinking about the summer of 2017 back in August, 2016. I used to work fairs all summer long. The heat and dust started getting to me as I grew older.…

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How Good Can You Be?

I was reviewing Lesson One of the Maher Course Of Ventriloquism. (You can now get it for free on Kindle.) It says: Being a ventriloquist isn’t like picking up a self working magic trick and becoming a magician. It takes a lot of effort. When I switched from magic to ventriloquism, I almost quit. Many times. I…

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