Do You Have Trouble Getting Shows?

Do You Have Trouble Getting Shows?

I hear a lot of entertainers complaining they can't get shows. People are undercutting their fees. There is too much competition in their area.  They send out a mailing and don't get any shows so that doesn't work. They post of FaceBook they...

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Organizing The Joke File

Organizing The Joke File

If you've been in ventriloquism for any length of time, you've probably heard about the joke file. Comedians of all types have a joke file. It is a way to keep track of jokes you write or hear. Let me stress that when you hear a joke - it isn't...

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What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

There will come a day when we can't do shows anymore. For some, sooner than others. So what will you do next? My friend Al Good had a stroke. One side effect was he could no longer remember his show. He is no longer able to perform. Al still...

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I Can Get A Magician For Less …

I Can Get A Magician For Less …

A client once said to me, "Why are you so expensive? I could hire a magician for less." That is wrong in so many ways. For one, you could never hire Terry Fator or Jeff Dunham at my rate. You could never hire me for the rate someone else may...

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Breaking The Mold

Breaking The Mold

Ventriloquists sometimes get a bad rap. For years, agents didn't want to book them because they felt vent acts were stuck in the 50's. Everyone ws working with cheeky boy figures. It seemed as if  clients only had a choice of Charlie McCarthy,...

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What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 3)

What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 3)

If you read the first two parts of this article - thanks for staying with me. If you haven't, you may want to read parts 1 & 2 first. They will explain a lot. Because in this post, things are going to seem strange. To understand the...

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What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 2)

What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 2)

Last week I told you the story of how Mayble came to be with us. As a dog person, I was used to the furry excitement of an animal that wanted to be part of you. Not so much with the cat. At least, not in the beginning. Neither of us was sure...

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What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 1)

What A Cat Can Teach You About Show Business (Part 1)

In my procrastination post, I mentioned watching TV with a cat on my lap. I've always been a dog person. Our dog passed away the summer of 2015. Because I travel a lot, I didn't want another dog. It wouldn't be fair to leave it alone. My wife...

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What Is The IVS?

What Is The IVS?

The International Ventriloquist Society What is it? Who is it for? Why should I be a member? Well, I hope to answer some questions today! First, click below to: Download A Sample Issue Of The IVS Spotlight The PDF will open in a separate window...

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Taxes For Vents

Taxes For Vents

My friend David Weyrick sent me some topics for potential blog posts. (Thanks David!) This one jumped out because of the timing, so here it is: TAX TIPS FOR VENTRILOQUISTS In the United States, tax day is April 15th. Please keep in mind that I...

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