“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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Maher Ventriloquist Radio – What To Expect At The 40th Annual Vent Haven Ventriloquist ConVENTion

Maher Ventriloquist Radio – Backdrops

Why should you consider a backdrop? Is it important? What kind should you have? Today, we discuss backdrops, the good, the bad and the ugly. At one point, I mention two places I order backdrops. Here are the links: For custom printed vinyl...

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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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