Can you have a conversation?

The best jokes told are the ones you don’t know its a joke until its over. I’ve told some of the oldest dumb jokes ever and no one knew it was “that old” joke until it was over and they were laughing. How do I do it? The magic of CONVERSATION....

IT’S HERE..THE INFO FOR BOOKING YOUR ROOM FOR VHC 2016 !

IT’S HERE!..AND IT’S EARLIER THAT WE THOUGHT! I just touched base with Concinnati Airport Marriott and they are remarkable! Thye know we are excited to start booking rooms for our 40th. Birthday Celebration of the Vent Haven International...

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GO “PRO”?

I’ve had this question asked of me many times by both amateur and semi-pro ventriloquists, “What does it take to go “pro” or full time in ventriloquism?”. In this installment I will look at what I found it takes plus give you some tips as to things that can help KEEP...

Do free shows really help you?

In my 30 years of doing shows for a living I have to say that nothing good ever came out of a free show. They are always set up wrong. The promo for the show is always about them and very little said about you except that YOU are doing the show FREE. The day of the...
DO “FREE SHOWS” REALLY HELP YOU?

DO “FREE SHOWS” REALLY HELP YOU?

I have tackled this subject in other columns in the past but I think it is always important to revisit important topics like this one. The question, “Do FREE shows actually help your career?” is an important one and is something all of us performers must deal with....
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING AT SEMINARS OR CONVENTIONS?

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING AT SEMINARS OR CONVENTIONS?

Going to vent gatherings like the Vent Haven ConVENTion and Ventarama can be great fun. You get to talk to fellow vents, watch great shows, and have the opportunity to attend seminars, lectures, and workshops. But did you learn anything ? , and that’s the question!...

WE’RE AT THE VH ConVENTion!…

We will be seeing many of you at the Vent Haven ConVENTion, and due to the amount of work that goes into one of these and I run it, there will be no new posts util we get back.  Hope to see you all there!! MarkWade
ARE YOU A “WEEK BEFORE / WEEK AFTER” VENTRILOQUIST?

ARE YOU A “WEEK BEFORE / WEEK AFTER” VENTRILOQUIST?

I had an interesting talk with Ken Groves, my second in command for the Vent Haven ConVENTion. He told me that he had talked to some vents who attended in previous years and was shocked to learn that many did not practice their vent, nor handled their puppets until a...
IT’S TIME TO BREAK OUT OF THE “MOLD” !

IT’S TIME TO BREAK OUT OF THE “MOLD” !

I have been mulling this around in my head for some time and it has finally surfaced as a blog post. I have an infinity for the different. I think “different “ makes the world go around and especially when it comes to ventriloquism. This is my theory, and just my...

ARE YOU A “LOOK-ALIKE” VENTRILOQUIST?

I sometimes get forlorn looking at advertisements featuring ventriloquists. It seems that many are playing “follow the follower” when it comes to picking a vent partner. I will elaborate. I have always been a performer that took the time to have unusual or unique...