KNOW WHEN YOU ARE READY !

Have you heard of an aspiring vent who orders a puppet and a week later puts in a show or makes the show around this new character? I have. It reminds me of the would-be magician who orders tricks on Monday to use on a show the following...

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Introducing Maher Ventriloquist Radio!

Introducing Maher Ventriloquist Radio!

Welcome to something brand new here at Maher Studios - Maher Ventriloquist Radio! Every Monday we will now publish a new audio episode right here on the blog. You can listen here, or download the MP3 file and listen when time permits. After the third...

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WHAT ARE YOU MAILING TO YOUR CLIENTS?

WHAT ARE YOU MAILING TO YOUR CLIENTS?

I have been asked many times at lectures “what, if anything, are you mailing to prospective clients?”. Things have changed drastically since I first starting trolling for shows and I’d like to share some of my own personal insights with you....

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FIRST BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FOR VHC 2016

FIRST BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FOR VENT HAVEN ConVENTion 2016 I have been working diligently on our 40th. Vent Haven ConVENTion 2016 schedule and it is looking great! My first big announcement..our good friend Jeff Dunham is going to take the entire...

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What I Go Through …

Okay blog readers - I have a question. How important is it to you that you can comment on the blog? I have to ask, because one of Mark's post has pulled in over 237 comments. 235 of those comments are spam. How can I tell? Read these and tell...

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COMBINING COMEDY PROPS WITH VENTRILOQUISM

One of the things I enjoy doing is working out ways to combine comedy props with ventriloquism. Some of the props can be very elaborate, while others are simple and can be used for a quick gag. Let’s explore this just a bit. Any time you can add a different twist to...

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PACK FLAT..PLAY BIG!

One of the first things I learned when I started into vent full time over 35 years ago was the slogan “pack flat..play big”. It means to have props that can break down for easy storage and easy transportation, yet has a big impact on audiences. Now not everything can...

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TRUNK, SUITCASE, OR “OTHER’

TRUNK, SUITCASE, OR “OTHER’

What do you use to transport your characters? Do you use your favorite carrying bag or suitcase as part of your act? Let’s take a look at what some vents use and see what YOU may want to utilize for maximum effect. I have a variety of things I use when I am...

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A QUESTION OF ORIGINALITY

What is originality? How can we be sure we are being original in our acts or shows? Are we borrowing, knowingly or unknowingly, for some one else? I will give you some “food for thought” in this week’s installment of the Maher blog. What comes to mind is the old adage...

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MENTOR

We all need guidance, especially when we are trying to master something new. To learn something is to understand the complexities of what makes it work. That’s why it so vitally important to get the proper training from an EXPERT in the field. That’s today’s...

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