VISIT VENT HAVEN TO ROUND OUT YOUR “VENT EDUCATION”

Anyone who truly wants to learn the history of our art needs to plan a trip to the beautiful city of Ft. Mitchell, KY to visit the fabulous Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum. Located at 33 West Maple Avenue in Ft. Mitchell are four buildings that...

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CAN YOU MIX VENT WITH OTHER PERFORMING ARTS?

I feel strongly that you can absolutely mix vent in as part of other types of performing…the most notable being magic. Magic and vent have always been “allied arts”, which means we have some history together. Many top flight magicians also did...

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HOW LONG SHOULD YOU PRACTICE OR REHEARSE?

I am a firm believer in practicing and rehearsing. For those not in the know, practicing is where you learn your lines and rehearsing is actual performance itself, the place where you “fine tune” your show after you have worked through a...

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IT JUST DOESN’T WORK !

I think we’ve all faced this situation. We buy a puppet (or have one created) and it just doesn’t work! You’ve tried a multitude of voices; did character profiles in various ways; and have experimented with your presentation, and it just didn’t...

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PICKING THE RIGHT PUPPET PARTNER IS IMPORTANT!

Characters in your show can come and go, but settling on a main character is important. First the puppet must fit your style. If it’s a struggle to perform with the character or if you find it difficult to find what you consider to be the “proper voice”,...

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RECHARGING YOUR PERFORMING BATTERIES A MUST!

The 2016 Vent Haven ConVENTion has come and gone but what lingering effects will it have on you? Hopefully it was a place to learn new things and to recharge your “performing batteries”. When you recharge these special internal batteries, you...

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WHAT WAS YOUR ConVENTion “TAKE AWAY” ?

I think I have seen the majority of you Maher supporters at the last Vent Haven International Ventriloquists’ ConVENTion, held July 13-16 in Ft. Mitchell, KY. There was loads of laughs, great shows, lectures, and workshops…all topped off with...

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NO BLOG THIS COMING WEEK..WE’RE AT THE ConVENTion!!

Just a quick note to tell all you Maher Studios fans ther will be no blog post this coming week ( July 13), as the entire Maher team is involved in working the Vent Haven ConVENTion.  The blog will continue the following week.  We hope to see...

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“ANIMAL” VS. “HUMAN” PUPPET

The debate over whether to use an animal puppet or a human puppet or figure has raged for many years. Is there a right or wrong answer? I don’t think so. I think it depends upon your performance style and your intended audience. In an old issue...

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ARRIVAL TIME IMPORTANT IN MANY WAYS !

When my son Brett was in high school marching band his director had a saying that rings true for all of us, “To be on time is to be late; to be early is to be on time!”. In other words, get to your appointment / show early so you have time to gather your...

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