Want To Be Famous?

How much will it cost to make my daughter a star? That was the opening line of an email I received the other day. Wow. A star. You can buy that? Obviously the young lady saw Darci Lynne win America's Got Talent. She saw a kid her age rocket to fame and...

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Thank You

Thank You

Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States. I wanted to take a moment to give thanks for each and every one of you. The ventriloquism community has been very generous to me. I appreciate your encouragement and support. It makes everything...

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When Everything Goes Right

When Everything Goes Right

Everyone has those shows they'd like to forget. When nerves hit them unexpectedly. When the audience didn't respond as hoped. When they arrived late due to traffic. When they forgot something. The list goes on and on. But sometimes, everything...

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Advice From The Master

Advice From The Master

Last week I mentioned checking out Clinton's blog again. I found an article that he wrote and felt it was worth sharing here again. THROAT MOVEMENT Question:  I am new to ventriloquism ... and wondering how to prevent my throat from moving when...

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Do Things Ever Change?

Do Things Ever Change?

Every once and awhile I will go back and read Clinton Detweiler's blog. For those who don't remember him (and there are some) he was owner and operator of Maher Studios. He closed the studio in 2006 because it was no longer profitable. Although...

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Stuff …

Stuff …

We've all got stuff. George Carlin used to have a routine about stuff. (Although he used a different word.) We fill our place with stuff. Then we need to get a bigger space so we can get more stuff. As a ventriloquist, chances are you have...

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You’re Like That Guy On TV …

It is bound to happen. After a performance, someone will approach you. Then you will hear: You are like that guy on TV! I've seen you on TV! I saw the guy on TV do that! The guy on TV is funnier ... or You are funnier than the guy on TV!...

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Behind The Scenes

I was watching a movie. At the end, the credits began to scroll. I hung around to watch. There were some funny clips that kept popping up along the way. They made me want to stay until the screen dimmed and the lights came up. That time made me...

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The Importance Of Review

There is a site called MasterClass.com. One day as I was looking through FaceBook, an advertisement popped up. They were offering a comedy writing course by Steve Martin. If you aren't familiar with Steve Martin, you should be. He was one of my...

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But Terry Fator said …

Terry Fator went on-stage at the 2016 Vent Haven ConVENTion and talked about originality. At the time, a puppeteer accused him of stealing his idea. The accusations bothered Terry and he wanted to address the situation. I listened to Terry's...

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