How To Engage Your Audience

As a ventriloquist you have a lot on your mind during a show. You must manipulate the puppet, synchronize its mouth, change your voice, remember your script, control your lips, etc. etc. These skills need to look effortless. If they don't, the audience...

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2018 Clinton Detweiler Scholarship Information

The 2018 Clinton Detweiler Scholarship Competition includes two amazing scholarship packages valued at nearly $3,000 each. Packages will be awarded to two performers, containing: $2,000 toward travel to the 2018 Vent Haven Convention $350 credit towards...

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All Alone …

Earlier that night, I had performed a great show. I'm not saying that to brag. I just want you to understand where this story originated. The audience was completely with me. Each joke got a laugh. Each look understood. It was the kind of show...

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How Much Should I Charge?

Pricing Your Show Fee Strategies For Entertainers This topic comes up again and again. Every entertainer asks at some point: How Much Should I Charge For A Show? And chances are, when you asked the question, you received different responses. Pricing...

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Entertainer’s Etiquette

Mark Wade and I were talking the other day. He was telling me the story of a professional ventriloquist who found out he was working in their area. This person asked Mark if he could come along and watch his show. Following the program, as Mark was packing...

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How Much Is A Ventriloquist Dummy?

How Much? I get a couple of emails a month asking about ventriloquist figures. Usually it will be something like: "How much will it cost to buy a professional ventriloquist dummy with moving eyes and mouth?" First, I have to let people know Maher Studios no longer...

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Those Times …

We all have "those times." No matter what it says on your contract. No matter what the agent, client or venue promises. There will come a time when something isn't right. In Breaking Down The Brick Walls Of Show Business, Ken Groves tries to help you understand how to...

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Saying Things That Aren’t Popular …

"What do you think of my video?" "Did you see my FaceBook post?" "Do you like my new vent figure?" Do you want the truth? Or acceptance? Or do you want the facts? When I started, Ken Groves used to critique me. He still does. After seeing my...

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How To Hone Your Act & Your Skills

How To Hone Your Act & Your Skills

Last week I wrote an article on knowing the history of the art. As part of my research, I started watching some Arthur Worsley videos. Most were during his heyday as a young ventriloquist. In one he was much older. I started thinking about...

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Know Your Past

Know Your Past

Today, if you ask young vents to name a famous ventriloquist, they usually reply Jeff Dunham, Terry Fator or Darci Lynne. Some find that discouraging. They feel the new generation doesn't know or care about the past. I'm not so sure about that....

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