When Do You Practice?

Everyone is busy. It can be hard to carve out time to play. Ventriloquism should be fun and playful. You are more likely to do things you enjoy than something that frustrates you. It is important to understand the difference between practice and rehearsal. Practice is when you work on parts of your act. Rehearsal…

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How To Get Shows

Last week I talked about the trouble with assuming there is a limited amount of work available. It isn’t true. Events happen every day. Yes, they even happen near your location. You just need to open your eyes to the fact. I talked briefly about competition that charges less. I want to dive a bit…

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Do You Have Trouble Getting Shows?

I hear a lot of entertainers complaining they can’t get shows. People are undercutting their fees. There is too much competition in their area.  They send out a mailing and don’t get any shows so that doesn’t work. They post of FaceBook they are available for shows, and that gets no results. They wasted a…

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Organizing The Joke File

If you’ve been in ventriloquism for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about the joke file. Comedians of all types have a joke file. It is a way to keep track of jokes you write or hear. Let me stress that when you hear a joke – it isn’t okay to steal it. But throughout…

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What Happens Next?

There will come a day when we can’t do shows anymore. For some, sooner than others. So what will you do next? My friend Al Good had a stroke. One side effect was he could no longer remember his show. He is no longer able to perform. Al still keeps his connection to ventriloquism by attending…

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I Can Get A Magician For Less …

A client once said to me, “Why are you so expensive? I could hire a magician for less.” That is wrong in so many ways. For one, you could never hire Terry Fator or Jeff Dunham at my rate. You could never hire me for the rate someone else may charge. There are different markets, different…

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Breaking The Mold

Ventriloquists sometimes get a bad rap. For years, agents didn’t want to book them because they felt vent acts were stuck in the 50’s. Everyone ws working with cheeky boy figures. It seemed as if  clients only had a choice of Charlie McCarthy, Jerry Mahoney or Danny O’Day knockoffs. Then along came Ronn Lucas with Billy and…

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What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 3)

If you read the first two parts of this article – thanks for staying with me. If you haven’t, you may want to read parts 1 & 2 first. They will explain a lot. Because in this post, things are going to seem strange. To understand the lessons, you need to get an insight into…

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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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