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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THE REWRITE !

This happens to all working vents. You write what you think is a great bit for your show and it gets a tepid response. You feel maybe it’s the audience being tired, conditions weren’t right, but for what ever reason it isn’t going as well as...

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GIVE YOUR NEW SHOW “SHAKE DOWN” TIME !

I have found something that is practical when it comes to working a new show. You need “shake down” time…the time it takes to actually work out the flaws and rough places in a new show. It’s amazing when I video one of my shows in early...

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KEEP IT SIMPLE !

I once took a vent friend of mine with me to one of my school shows. This friend watched with interest as I did my 40 minute program and witnessed the routines that I presented to this audience of 400 kids. They roared with laughter at my...

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