RECYCLING OR CANNIBALIZING A PREVIOUS SHOW

I am a firm believer in reusing material or taking parts (cannibalizing)from an old show to make it fit into a new show. The only caveat is to make sure that the show you are dissecting isn’t one you did recently for the same group. If it is...

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WHEN IN DOUBT…

To tell you the truth I shouldn’t even have to write this column. It’s about interjecting some adult humor into a children’s or family show, under the guise that the young people in the audience won’t get it. Some claim the jokes are over the...

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WHO IS YOUR COMEDY MENTOR?

That’s a question worth pondering about for a few minutes, who is, or are, your “comedy” mentors. Now It COULD be a ventriloquist who is your favorite, or it may be someone else, like a comedian or someone you saw on television. Although I have...

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ARE YOU A “NICHE” VENTRILOQUIST ?

Many of you reading this are probably scratching your collective heads wondering what the heck I am talking about. It’s really simple, do you have a favorite market or a market that you feel you relate to especially well. One that satisfies you...

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An Apology..!

Dear Followers of Maher Studios and the IVS, It's Mark Wade here, offering up an apology to all of you for all the typos and fragmented words in some of my recent posts here at Maher.  As many of you know, I suffered from an essential tremor...

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU PRACTICE ?

That is tough question..how often should you practice. If you are working show regularly the shows can actually take the place of practicing. Think of it as a paid practice session. But this comes only after you have mastered your routine and...

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TAKING CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IS TOUGH

One of the best things for us , yet one of the toughest, is to learn how to accept constructive criticism. Notice I said CONSTRUCTIVE criticism..there is a difference. If you work at ventriloquism long enough somebody is going to become jealous...

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DO YOU HAVE THE KEY?

Before you start thinking I’m writing a column about Houdini, let me explain that this is an article about marketing. Each and every market has it’s own unique set of locks that you have to unlock to make the market work for you. Because you...

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YOUR “AHA” MOMENT

Hopefully during the time of your career as a ventriloquist you will have your own personal “aha” moment…that moment where you say to yourself THIS is the reason I am doing these shows. Maybe it was a perfect night when everything was going...

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