Are You A Phony?

Are You A Phony?

Are you a phony? A fake? I know a lot of people who think they are. If you are actually representing yourself in the wrong way, then yes, you are. But today I'm talking about the times when it is a matter of insecurity. And everyone has moments where insecurity can...

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Please Leave Your Ego At The Door

Please Leave Your Ego At The Door

This column isn't for everyone, but everyone may get something out of it. I just felt this needed to be said, and it is meant as an offering of friendship. I hope those who need it, actually read it. Ventriloquists are some of the nicest people...

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The Packing List

The Packing List

In September, I discussed this topic in the International Ventriloquist Society's Spotlight. I decided to share it here for people who aren't members - although you should be! I was headed out to work an amusement park this past August. I have performed...

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Do You Deliver Funny?

Do You Deliver Funny?

Do you deliver funny on stage? Any talent can be boring if not presented in an engaging way. Yet few performers study comedy in-depth. It is more than just telling jokes. You must study what makes words funny so that audiences will laugh. If you follow this tip it will help your act and your bottom line.

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The Future Of Ventriloquism

The Future Of Ventriloquism

Predictions For The Future Of Ventriloquism I have gazed into my crystal ball to see the future. Okay, it really isn't a crystal ball. It is a glass doorknob. And it really isn't mine. I did this in a Home Depot. And I may have been drinking at the time. But these are...

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How NOT To Do Ventriloquism

How NOT To Do Ventriloquism

I get a lot of email from people who want to learn ventriloquism. This one arrived in my inbox the other day: You state that you don't really throw your voice and you can't really tell where the sound is coming from however I attempted to do this and the...

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How To Do Ventriloquism

How To Do Ventriloquism

I was scanning through YouTube the other day and a realization hit. There are a ton of free ventriloquism tutorials videos on the Internet. BUT ... Most were about lip control and labial techniques. If you are a ventriloquist, you know there is more to this art than...

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Now That Is Hot

Now That Is Hot

I'm writing this at the end of June. (That is how far ahead I have to work to keep this blog coming out every week.) Today it is like a zillion degrees and it isn't even 9 AM yet. I got a text from my friend David Crone. He was performing at a fair for a...

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Leave It Behind …

Leave It Behind …

Most of my shows are one-nighters. That means I show up, load in, do a show, pack and load out and leave. It is a one time gig. That doesn't mean I won't go back, but I'm not there on sequential days. There are times when I am booked for a run. Fairs...

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Load In / Load Out

Load In / Load Out

You've put thought into your show. You know your script. You know what puppets you are going to use. You've determined what props you need. Chances are you've purchased a trunk. And you've practiced your show. But ... Have you given any thought to how you will load in...

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