IT JUST DOESN’T WORK !

I think we’ve all faced this situation. We buy a puppet (or have one created) and it just doesn’t work! You’ve tried a multitude of voices; did character profiles in various ways; and have experimented with your presentation, and it just didn’t “click” for you. The...

PICKING THE RIGHT PUPPET PARTNER IS IMPORTANT!

Characters in your show can come and go, but settling on a main character is important. First the puppet must fit your style. If it’s a struggle to perform with the character or if you find it difficult to find what you consider to be the “proper voice”, you may well...

RECHARGING YOUR PERFORMING BATTERIES A MUST!

The 2016 Vent Haven ConVENTion has come and gone but what lingering effects will it have on you? Hopefully it was a place to learn new things and to recharge your “performing batteries”. When you recharge these special internal batteries, you become more aware of what...

WHAT WAS YOUR ConVENTion “TAKE AWAY” ?

I think I have seen the majority of you Maher supporters at the last Vent Haven International Ventriloquists’ ConVENTion, held July 13-16 in Ft. Mitchell, KY. There was loads of laughs, great shows, lectures, and workshops…all topped off with Jeff Dunham’s show at the...

NO BLOG THIS COMING WEEK..WE’RE AT THE ConVENTion!!

Just a quick note to tell all you Maher Studios fans ther will be no blog post this coming week ( July 13), as the entire Maher team is involved in working the Vent Haven ConVENTion.  The blog will continue the following week.  We hope to see YOU at Vent Haven!!...

“ANIMAL” VS. “HUMAN” PUPPET

The debate over whether to use an animal puppet or a human puppet or figure has raged for many years. Is there a right or wrong answer? I don’t think so. I think it depends upon your performance style and your intended audience. In an old issue of the original...

ARRIVAL TIME IMPORTANT IN MANY WAYS !

When my son Brett was in high school marching band his director had a saying that rings true for all of us, “To be on time is to be late; to be early is to be on time!”. In other words, get to your appointment / show early so you have time to gather your thoughts,...

THE REWRITE !

This happens to all working vents. You write what you think is a great bit for your show and it gets a tepid response. You feel maybe it’s the audience being tired, conditions weren’t right, but for what ever reason it isn’t going as well as you feel it should. Then...

GIVE YOUR NEW SHOW “SHAKE DOWN” TIME !

I have found something that is practical when it comes to working a new show. You need “shake down” time…the time it takes to actually work out the flaws and rough places in a new show. It’s amazing when I video one of my shows in early September when performing at a...

KEEP IT SIMPLE !

I once took a vent friend of mine with me to one of my school shows. This friend watched with interest as I did my 40 minute program and witnessed the routines that I presented to this audience of 400 kids. They roared with laughter at my puppets and the “bits of...