As most we have found out from most entertainers, occasionally you are introduced to someone and it’s mentioned you are a ventriloquist. Often the person will ask “You’re a ventriloquist..can you do something?” Since you are not carrying around a puppet (at least not usually..) you need to show that you are a ventriloquist in a special way. Here’s my advice in this installment.
1. DISTANT VOICE:
Learn to do the distant voice so you can make an ink pen, pencil, a salt shaker, or whatever come to life. I was recently at at an outdoor event with my wife and I made an ink pen talk and it completely blew away a lady who had asked me what I do. Remember, when you add distant voice work to your repertoire you have increase your own value as a vent. This also gives you the advantage of having something to do.
2. BABY CRY
While you don’t need a puppet to do this, you can fold your arms like you are holding and “invisible baby” and make this work as well. If done correctly it can be a real “eye opener” to a lay person.
Be prepared to ventriloquism when called upon and it will definitely add to your reputation!
You can email Mark at: firstname.lastname@example.org