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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BE A “MEANINGFUL SPECIFIC” !

I am a great believer in self-motivation. After all, if you can’t motivate yourself, who will motivate you? I always enjoyed listening to Zig Zigler, a wonderful speaker who always had great words of encouragement and business savvy. Zig’s most memorable statement to...

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“When In Doubt..”

I’m observing a pattern that distresses me in the vent community. Our younger vents, and I mean ones in the teen years, are starting to rely on “blue” or suggestive material in their dialogs. I’ve seen it at the Vent Haven ConVENTion and I’ve witnessed it at other...

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WHAT GOOD IS A MENTOR? PLENTY!!

    Here’s a question worth thinking about…what good is it for you to have a vent mentor, a coach of your very own? If you silently thought “Plenty!” you are on the right track. Reading and watching materials on ventriloquism is a must, but there comes a...

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Two – Two – Two

Two – Two – Two

Hey everybody, it's Tom this week. Mark is on the way home from shows in Indiana and didn't get a chance to write a post. He asked me to help out. So this won't be your regular blog article! I want to share TWO bits of exciting news: #1. We are working on a complete...

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GO PRO?- Part ll

  In our last installment we visited some of the main points to going full time as a professional ventriloquist. In this column I am going to give you a few more things to think about. These are all valid, real-world items that must be taken into consideration...

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Can you have a conversation?

The best jokes told are the ones you don't know its a joke until its over. I've told some of the oldest dumb jokes ever and no one knew it was "that old" joke until it was over and they were laughing. How do I do it? The magic of CONVERSATION. You must be able to...

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IT’S HERE..THE INFO FOR BOOKING YOUR ROOM FOR VHC 2016 !

IT'S HERE!..AND IT'S EARLIER THAT WE THOUGHT! I just touched base with Concinnati Airport Marriott and they are remarkable! Thye know we are excited to start booking rooms for our 40th. Birthday Celebration of the Vent Haven International Ventriloquists' ConVENTion...

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